One of the more interesting starts of the early spring, in my opinion. Yeah, Cobb will have little impact on the long term future of the Orioles, but 2020 will be a lot more tolerable if Cobb is healthy and pitching at the top of his game.
I'm not sure this was Elias saying he likes Velazquez more than Urena as much as it was him saying he likes the gamble of having both of them with the downside of just Velazquez more than having only Urena.
In such a fantasy world, similarly unlikely things could happen like Cobb finishing in the top-3 for Cy Young and Austin Hays and Ryan Mountcastle finishing first and second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting. In such a world, a mid-80 win season may be possible.
In a world with no other miracle happening in the season and the rest of the players producing within their likely range of outcomes, the Orioles COULD win enough to avoid 100 losses, but pitching is still the biggest issue.
Now...back to reality where a replacement level season from Davis would be a pleasant surprise.
I count myself as a huge JJ Hardy fan, but his offense was up and down. Yes, Hardy at his best was a better hitter than Iglesias, especially on the power front, but let’s not forget he was a low OBP guy and that two of his final three years for us were far worse than what I’d expect from Iglesias. Overall Hardy had an 87 OPS+ as an Oriole; Iglesias is at 84 OPS+ for his career.
In the minors, off the 40-man roster? Plenty. He could be the utility infielder at Norfolk or start everyday at Bowie. He turns 24 in two days and is still something of a prospect. Certainly more interesting than Angelo Mora who is three years older and the guy he will be replacing at Norfolk or Bowie. Would rather have a guy with a utility infielder ceiling getting playing time at the upper minors than an Org guy like Mora.
Last year Jesmuel Valentin and Anderson Feliz combined for 142 games last year at Bowie and Feliz, Chris Bostick, Zach Vincej, and Jack Reinheimer combined for 355 games at Norfolk. That is a lot of playing time that could be available for fringe prospects like Urena rather than org guys.
It is looking more and more likely that the Ravens are going to go this route. What could we get back? His tagged salary is estimated at $16.3M. The article above seems to suggest that 1 for 1 he would be worth around a 2nd rounder......based on a Dee Ford trade.
I just "binge-read" this thread and have to agree with @Tony-OH in that it is a matter of personal preference.
I am old enough to go back to Chuck Thompson and Bill O'Donnell and their radio/TV (however limited it was back then) work. I remember Brooks and Tom Marr and Jon Miller. I do hear Jon on Sirius and miss his calling of the hames. I remember the HTS days as well.
Sadly, we can't go back. These moves prove that the team is now listening to the fans (the survey) and are acting on it. What is evident is that we are all passionate about the Orioles. Give the newbies a chance, who knows we may like them. As one who follows the O's minors I know we have some great voices on the farm and it is so good to see Geoff Arnold get the promotion; hopefully Adam Pohl is next.
Everyone will find a happy medium to consume the games either on radio or TV...just be happy that baseball is back and continue the wonderful discussions here at Os Hangout.