I agree, injury history will definitely be a consideration. But, let's say the Twins need pitching at the deadline - Cobb has looked fantastic all year... I could totally see them trading for Cobb if the O's throw in $8M a year, for instance.
I don't get why everyone gets so hot and heavy about the only alternative to the Elias-Tank-Rebuild is that they sign a bushel of washed up dudes for a bunch of money.
Sure, the Derek Lee / Jay Payton / Kevin Millar signings were dumb. But, their worst attendance was 1.7M in 2010 and they had a payroll $81M. Last year they had a payroll of $82M and had an attendance of 1.3M.
You gotta figure they were making more money with those dumb old dudes than they are now with a bunch of random parts.
Elias is the architect of the rebuild, which as you well know, is far from complete. He has put many things into place (spent valuable time and money), and If he were to leave before it is finished, there is a chance that whomever succeeded him would have different priorities (for better or worse) thus setting the timeline back for the rebuild. I don’t doubt that someone else could do the job, but I worry that it would set back the timeline.
Also, in all seriousness, please explain how tanking is cheating.
Even not considering their talents a pitchers, I would say they aren't comparable.
In his 14 seasons Verlander never started less than 20 games in a season. In 3 of Cobb's last 5 seasons he failed to start more than 5 games. I don't see why anyone would spend any significant money on him. Sure maybe in 2021 at the deadline if he pitches well the next two seasons and the Orioles are willing to pick up his deferred salary someone will take him and give the Orioles maybe $4 million dollar in savings but most likely he pitches a few games for the Orioles the next two seasons and then retires.
You are just saying trust the plan when Elias hasn't done anything to show me he has any sort of plan other than losing on purpose.
You say I should not judge him on his performance as you were for hiring him and you don't want to be wrong. If you want to be that the Orioles have a winning record this season I will gladly take your action. Same thing with next season.