weams Posted October 4, 2015 Share Posted October 4, 2015 http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/bs-sp-orioles-what-went-wrong-management-1004-20151003-story.html In early December, three key 2014 Orioles officially signed lucrative four-year deals with other teams. In each instance, executive vice president Dan Duquette had an explanation for letting the player walk.The club wasn't giving left-handed reliever Andrew Miller closer-type money when it already had Zach Britton in that role. It wasn't extending a fourth year to slugger Nelson Cruz because he'd be 38 in the deal's final season. And it pulled its four-year offer away from outfielder Nick Markakis because of concerns about a neck condition that ultimately required surgery. Analyzing through a one-year prism, each decision was foolhardy. Miller excelled for the playoff-bound New York Yankees, Cruz put up huge power numbers for the Seattle Mariners and Markakis played in nearly every game with a .370 on-base clip for the Atlanta Braves. The moves also blew a hole in the Orioles' carefully constructed clubhouse chemistry Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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