Mateo, Urias, Westburg, Ortiz, Norby. That's 5 guys for two spots, unless someone finds a new position. You can slow play the three prospects to buy more time but there will be a log jam by mid-season if not sooner. The question is who goes, who stays, and who has more value?
Again, my best guess is that Henderson (3B), Mateo (SS), and Westburg (2B) start the season. Ortiz can play either position and he's great insurance for either. I think that makes Norby the most likely trade candidate along with Urias out of the 5 playes mentioned and that still leaves us with depth in the MI with Ortiz at AAA.
I do not believe you are going to see some kind of blockbuster trade where 3 top 10 prospects are dealt. I do not think Cowser goes. Ortiz, Westburg, or Norby are most likely and I think Norby is most likely.
I am sure you were in favor of it, plenty of Orioles fans were.
Plenty of other fans, and most baseball FOs, disagreed though, because the data said it was a really bad idea.
Cruz found some kind of "magical" fountain of youth and defied the odds, and was a much better player in his mid-late 30s than he was in his mid-late 20s. Oh well.
He reportedly has good tools, but he's hit tool, which is the one tool they really don't know about until he gets into professional competition, is pretty terrible. Very high swinginstrike%, and two years now of terrible offensive output.
With the money invested he will probably still get some playing time next year, but with Amparo and Arias coming up, I would not be surprised if he's a throw in into a trade this winter.
I am happy to go back and show you my quotes on this board PRIOR to the decision in 2014 so please stop with the “hindsight” remarks.
And the Seattle and Twins GMs agreed with me, not with you and Duquette. They were just misinformed and i guess.