It's apparent that the O's are acquiring pitching that's closer to ready while developing hitting. It's not like they don't have young pitchers too, but they must see more risk there. Just look at the staff now. It's mostly guys who had already worked their way through some of the developmental steps. The O's identify guys they think they can help and go get them, mostly for very cheap.
That's not a mistake or an oversight. It's their model based strategy. Now you may think you have a better model, but I kind of doubt it. We also haven't seen this plan fully mature yet. The international guys aren't ready and many of the draft picks are just starting to get to the higher levels. Heck, we've just now started to implement trading prospect bats for pitching and we got 4 years control of an average starter for our 6th-7th best SS prospect.
This isn't exhaustive, but here's a lot of our top guys and how they were acquired. I'd say we have a decent staff even before maturation of the system and/or making many hitting prospect for pitcher trades.
Gibson, Voth, Watkins, Baker, Bautista, Wells, Givens, Krehbiel - Signed or claimed
Bradish, Kremer, Zimmermann, Tate, Irvin, Perez, Vespi - Via Trade
Hall, Rodriguez, Means, Baumann, Akin - Homegrown
Honestly I don’t know why anyone would want to buy a minority interest in the Orioles at this stage. That would be such an exercise in frustration. I guess it could be a decent investment financially because franchise values only go up, but I wouldn’t want to tie up my money in any enterprise controlled by the Angelos family.
The masses were never going to see the books. Turning over documents to the opposing party doesn’t make them public. Maybe if the case had gone to trial, some stuff would have become public then. But less than 5% of all cases filed go to trial.
I agree with this. You also wonder if he hurt himself with the whole Toronto thing.
The relationship in Baltimore obviously changed after that. I just wonder if it hurt him elsewhere too, not that he would be the first executive to consider going elsewhere for a promotion.
Yeah I just think he's a super interesting guy. Much like his time with the Red Sox, he's a divisive guy who had moments of greatness mixed with moments of not.
The same guy signed Chen, but got himself blacklisted in S. Korea. The same guy turned Miguel Gonzalez and Jason Hammel into very good pitchers, but couldn't get basically any pitching prospect to pop. Just an interesting, mixed body of work.
I see Duquette as a mixed bag, neither all good nor all bad. I do find it interesting that, despite having some success in his various stops, he went 9 years without a job in MLB after Boston fired him, and he’s been unable to land another position in the 4+ years since being fired by the Orioles. That suggests he’s not the easiest guy to work with, regardless of whatever other merits he has. At this point, I think time probably has passed him by.