Looks to me that the plan is to home grow as much as possible and use cheap stop gaps until the prospects are ready.
Real long term moves involve either trading young assets or taking on substantial payroll.
There are many ways to bring in good cheap talent with higher upside than Alberto or Ruiz
I don’t want a “lazy offseason” by the FO this year. Start making some real long term moves instead of settling for sucking with guys who aren’t part of the future.
That's fine. Its proven that the organization was a disaster before Elias (its not a lot better now because we are still owned by the same family but they are better nonetheless).
But Phillip is using the words "he should have been given a chance". I see zero evidence that they SHOULD have done anything besides what they actually did. I also think there needs to be some accountability on the part of Yaz himself. Maybe the Os wanted him to do things differently but he had plenty of time to show them what he could do and he failed.
I think it is this, and several unfortunate injuries along his development. I remember DD was high on him at one point, but this kind of thing happens in every organization. Different coaches, different opinions, different training methods, whatever it is, it just clicks differently in different players. We have had success stories in Baltimore with guys that just needed a change of scenery too. Melvin Mora, Chris Davis, and several more come to mind.
I remember being a little disappointed when he was traded, but I remember thinking we had several guys ahead of him. I remember liking what I had seen in him, but thought he had a ceiling as a 4th OF.
I found the Appellate Division decision. To say they gave MASN’s arguments short shrift would be an understatement. You can read the opinion here, and it takes about 60 seconds to read:
I agree with spiritof66 that the NY Court of Appeals will not hear a further appeal. I don’t know how long MASN gets to petition that Court or how long it usually takes for the Court to indicate whether it will grant a hearing, but I’m guessing this will all be over in a couple more months.
As a reminder, even though the total amount awarded in the second arbitration was close to the amount awarded the first time, the methodology was somewhat different and possibly more favorable towards MASN/the Orioles as applied to later periods.
I don’t think Hall has really fallen in Tony’s rankings, at least, so far. The only guy who was on last year’s list and jumped Hall was Hernaiz, and Tony explained that it’s because Hernaiz showed up a lot stronger in camp this year. So it’s more a case of moving Hernaiz up than moving Hall down.
So far this year we have the following new players placed ahead of Hall: Kjerstad, Westburg, Vavra, Haskin, Mayo, Baumler. My guess is that a couple of those guys might be below Hall next year, once we’ve actually seen them play professionally. Until then, Tony’s going on upside.