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Just listened to a conversation between Chris Russo and DD on MLB Network. The conversation centered around Duquette's acquisition of HOF Pedro Martinez for the Expos and then for the the Red Sox. Eventually they got around to talking about the O's.

Russo: Dan you lost Markakis and Cruz to free agency. Should the Orioles fans be concerned about the franchise?

Dan: hahahahahah. No they shouldn't. We're returning the core of our team that won over 95 games last year. Machado, Weiters and Davis are coming back and we expect to have a very strong club. We've resigned Delmon Young who will get more at bats at DH now that Cruz is gone.

Russo: who was the greater loss, life long Oriole Markakis or Cruz who hit 40 home runs.

Dan: Well 40 home runs is 40 home runs no matter how you look at it. Cruz had a career year and played very well for us.

Duquette also repeated that he is high on Alverez and mentioned we are still trying to sign a free agent outfielder before spring training. No mention of Rasmus.

Russo: great job Dan.

Russo is a trip. Too funny.

Would yall expect him to answer any other way? There Is no doubt in my mind they were and probably still are wondering how they will replace the production of those two.

If they aren't concerned about whats going to happen with Wieters and Machado upon their return and season long production and think everything is doing to work out exactly how they are predicting, they are in for a rude awakening.

They aren't acting desperate, but I feel they are desperately trying to find a proven replacement for Nick.

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I think so, too. He'll be playing when Rasmus is out of baseball, no matter what happens in 2015.

I find the thought of Rasmus replacing Markakis repugnant. Thinking about the Orioles without Markakis just doesn't jibe. It's not as bad as when Eddie left but it's close. We may be able to replace Nick's numbers but he can't be replaced. Especially by Rasmus.

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I find the thought of Rasmus replacing Markakis repugnant. Thinking about the Orioles without Markakis just doesn't jibe. It's not as bad as when Eddie left but it's close. We may be able to replace Nick's numbers but he can't be replaced. Especially by Rasmus.

I've made my peace with it. This isn't Nick vs. Rasmus. It's Nick at 4/$44 mm vs. Rasmus at 1/$7 mm or whatever. I would have been happy if Nick had been signed, but that's a borderline deal at that price.

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I've made my peace with it. This isn't Nick vs. Rasmus. It's Nick at 4/$44 mm vs. Rasmus at 1/$7 mm or whatever. I would have been happy if Nick had been signed, but that's a borderline deal at that price.

For me its Nick at 4/44m with neck surgery that took out a disc and replaced it with fusion. I can't blame Nick for taking the 4/44m for his family. I can't blame the O's for not offering a 4 year contract. Its just what happened.

Rasmus is a totally separate thing that might happen. Its after Nick was gone. Rasmus has nothing to do with that.

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I've made my peace with it. This isn't Nick vs. Rasmus. It's Nick at 4/$44 mm vs. Rasmus at 1/$7 mm or whatever. I would have been happy if Nick had been signed, but that's a borderline deal at that price.

On an intellectual/logical level it's hard to argue the numbers. But I wish Nick had taken our offer. For me unfortunately, it has become a Rasmus vs Markakis thing. I would have felt the same had we signed Melky. They're just not the kind of players I'd envisioned replacing a guy like Nick. Maybe Hunter would have been okay. I don't know. The best scenario for me now would be if someone on our roster emerged as our next everyday right fielder. Pearce? Lough? Alvarez? Any of them would suit me better then Rasmus. Not smart. But emotional reactions usually aren't.

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There's no telling what Nick would give us for 2015, today. Our Os don't play that witchcraft.

All we can do is make shrewd decisions that don't marry our modest fortune to trains that take more than one year to arrive at their destination. (It would seem)

Barring some big news, right field will be staffed by a fresh faced kid with lots to prove -- even if that kid is not a youngster.

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On an intellectual/logical level it's hard to argue the numbers. But I wish Nick had taken our offer. For me unfortunately, it has become a Rasmus vs Markakis thing. I would have felt the same had we signed Melky. They're just not the kind of players I'd envisioned replacing a guy like Nick. Maybe Hunter would have been okay. I don't know. The best scenario for me now would be if someone on our roster emerged as our next everyday right fielder. Pearce? Lough? Alvarez? Any of them would suit me better then Rasmus. Not smart. But emotional reactions usually aren't.

The last person I wanted to sign last year was the single dimensional, PED using, World Series losing, Nelson Cruz. Tells you how wrong I was.

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The last person I wanted to sign last year was the single dimensional, PED using, World Series losing, Nelson Cruz. Tells you how wrong I was.
Irrational prejudices. The reason not to sign Cruz, was his age, and the likely hood of decline, over 4 years.
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For me its Nick at 4/44m with neck surgery that took out a disc and replaced it with fusion. I can't blame Nick for taking the 4/44m for his family. I can't blame the O's for not offering a 4 year contract. Its just what happened.

Rasmus is a totally separate thing that might happen. Its after Nick was gone. Rasmus has nothing to do with that.

I agree with how you are looking at it. To me the sin here is the poor job Duquette had done replacing the two players. Even with Rasmus this team is still a productive player that batted 1st or 4th away from last season and all the guys mentioned above played some part if last season on the team.

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I agree with how you are looking at it. To me the sin here is the poor job Duquette had done replacing the two players. Even with Rasmus this team is still a productive player that batted 1st or 4th away from last season and all the guys mentioned above played some part if last season on the team.

It's a shame that Nick was hurt in that way at a time when his contract would have really impacted the next four years for the club . De Aza replaces what we would have gotten from him anyway had we signed him for this year. He was not part of last year's core team and we made a decision to pay him a substantial amount for his services.Instead of letting him walk and replacing Nick with someone else.

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