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  1. More than one draft prediction has the Ravens trading down in the first round. Assuming they don't trade down, it's tough to see the Ravens taking Jackson with their first pick. Not only are there questions as to whether he could ever thrive in the NFL as a pocket passer (as alluded to above), but with Flacco back for at least another year, taking a guy who figures to be a bit of a project initially with a first-round pick would almost be punting on the season. If you're trying to win now, that first round pick has to be a projected starter. I could see the Ravens drafting McGlinchey from Notre Dame if he's still available, which isn't sexy, but a solid pick nonetheless, or Calvin Ridley if he falls that far. I know there are concerns about his age (24), but given the short shelf life of most NFL players, having a guy for his age 24-29 years on a rookie contract isn't the worst thing in the world. Having said that, Ozzie will probably take a run-stopping interior lineman from Alabama.
  2. True, because the next start will be No. 4, which is typically about what pitchers get in spring training.
  3. It would have been to everyone's benefit if Cobb had agreed to a few more minor league starts. Still, I think he'll eventually be fine.
  4. Very true. With so many different people seemingly having a say, it's difficult to determine how much blame should be assessed where.
  5. The Orioles are also fourth in the American League in quality starts with 10. Does Duquette get credit for that?
  6. Angelos also liked Syd Thrift and we know how that turned out.
  7. I'll take this guy any day over the current options. At least he provides some depth and versatility with the glove.
  8. Unless everything aligns perfectly, I just don't see teams getting dragged into a bidding war for two months of Machado. Anyone with a glaring need at shortstop from Opening Day forward likely isn't going to be contender by the deadline. It's much too important of a position. It's going to take two or more teams with the same need, or a contending team suffering a fluke injury at that position. I guess the positive is that teams looking for both third base and shortstop help would view Manny as a viable addition. But again, how much would they be willing to offer? Plus, position players are tougher to add to a roster at mid-season than pitchers, especially if that particular group has been playing well together. Unless there's a obvious weakness, someone will either have to be moved, benched, or sent down. A GM has to weigh those potential disruptions against the upgrades a player like Manny would provide. I think it best for everyone to temper their expectations a bit; otherwise, they're going to be keenly disappointed.
  9. I'd keep an eye on the Cardinals and Brewers as well. The Cardinals are getting nothing from third base so far, and the Brewers about the same at shortstop.
  10. No, a player is now only eligible for the qualifying offer once in his career.
  11. The Orioles need to come up with two plans between now and the trade deadline: one if they somehow manage to right the ship and pull themselves back into contention--which isn't looking very promising right now, and two, they need to establish a "drop dead" date for when they officially decide to pull the plug should things continue as they are right now. More importantly, they need to establish who has the authority to pursue such trades should they go in that direction. Is Angelos the Elder still a potential roadblock, or do the sons (John, in particular) now have autonomy to run the club? Like the father, will they allow their baseball people to make these decisions, or will everything have to eventually go through them, just like it always had to with Peter Angelos. It's also paramount to delegate who has the power to make any such deals. Is it still Duquette, or does Brady now have the final say? Where does Buck factor in? (He shouldn't.) These are all questions that have to be answered before any such trades can even be pursued, and it's best to have one person have the final say. Otherwise, it's going to be like last offseason when the Orioles reportedly had anywhere from eight to 10 offers for Manny, yet nothing got finalized. Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
  12. I don't think any trade for Manny is going to exceed what the Orioles got in return for Bedard. At the time of that trade, Bedard still had two years before he was eligible for free agency, whereas Manny would be a two-month rental. If the Orioles are expecting a passel of major-league ready talent, they're going to be disappointed. Teams value young players now more than ever, and they're going to be very reluctant to part with them regardless of who they're getting in return. If the Orioles are willing to accept players in the lower minors, those who might be a couple of years away, then I think they could get a better return. They're simply not going to get multiple players who are close to breaking into the majors. Contenders would be more apt to bring them up than trade them away, not only because they would represent cheap labor, but it would still mean six more seasons of team control.
  13. There were a few more swings and misses today, but it's difficult to say if that was a positive sign for Tillman or just Cleveland hitters missing pitches they should have been hitting. Coming into this series, the Indians actually ranked below the Orioles in a number of offensive categories. Their bats have really been cold. If what Tillman did today were somehow a portent of things to come, that wouldn't be bad for a fifth starter. Thing is, the options right now are Tillman, who always seems to be one meatball away from disaster, or Mike Wright, who positively immolates whenever things start to go against him. Not much of a choice either way.
  14. Dave Kingman's career was the stuff of legends, either notorious or nefarious, depending on what side of the coin you're on. Kingman did two things: strike out (although not as much as one might expect, as another poster pointed out) and hit not just homers, but prodigious homers, the kind that never seemed to come down. Although known for his whiffs, he also hit more homers at a time when 30-35 would probably lead the league. Kingman just had the misfortune of playing in a time when a low batting average couldn't be atoned for with lots of homeruns. Kingman once hit 48 homers in a season and had a .956 OPS as well, but he's probably better remembered for hitting 37 homeruns one season and batting just .204. (Yes, I had to look that up.) It's almost as if he wasn't always taken seriously, but then again, how many guys before or since have been nicknamed "Kong?" Too bad he played most of his career in the National League; it'd have been worth the price of a ticket just to get to the park early and watch him take batting practice.
  15. Your thread title belies your claim. Sisco represents the future that you're supposed to be all about, yet you seem ready to throw in the towel on him already.
  16. I find that hard to believe. Personally, I think you just like the attention.
  17. You've made your point.
  18. Most manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas. The same probably applies to baseball.
  19. Pending a physical, I would presume. According to Zeff Zrebiec, of The Sun, the deal is for three years and $21 million. Ian Rappaport is reporting that Crabtree gets $15 million the first two years, and it could be up to $20 million. There is a reported guarantee of $11 million. Not a bad move, and for roughly the same money over a two-year term that the Ravens would have given Ryan Grant.
  20. I was in that camp initially as well, but the truth is, Beckham can't play third or short. Regardless of where Manny plays, there's going to be a weakness playing alongside of him. That's one of the big problems facing the Orioles right now: too many guys who are defensively challenged, particularly in the infield. Right now, my biggest question for Showalter would be whether or not he was one of the guys who thought Tillman could still pitch.
  21. The Ravens are seemingly linked to just about every receiver who becomes available because they're usually in dire need of them. Bryant seems interested in getting paid and staying in the NFC East so he can play the Cowboys twice per season. I haven't heard anything regarding his making a visit here or any other indication of interest in the Ravens. I saw where the Giants released Brandon Marshall, so Dez may get his wish.
  22. That's all true, but I don't think the Davis contract was the trigger. Had it been, then the 2016 class, which for the most part wasn't overwhelming, didn't seem to have trouble finding work. I think teams just came to the realization that free agency, at least in most cases, is largely about paying for past results.
  23. Cobb has a full no-trade provision for the first year of his contract.
  24. I saw a reference to the article you've mentioned, but it's on that subscriber-only site, so I couldn't read the whole thing. What makes me a little skeptical is that it's Rosenthal. Is this truly the situation or is he just stirring the pot? I see what you're saying about MacPhail vis a vis Flanagan, but the "co-GM" or whatever the dynamic actually was concerning Flanny and Jim Duquette wasn't working. You can only have one person in charge, which I think is a big part of the reason the Orioles largely spun their wheels for a 14-year span. As Napoleon once stated, "Better to have one bad general than two good ones." In other words, plenty of authority, but little direction. Plus, Flanagan had been in largely the same job MacPhail was brought in to occupy, and that's not the most comfortable of situations, either. I don't know if MacPhail's exit was hastened by the tragic death of Flanagan; in fact, I thought I remember reading that Andy wanted to spend more time with his father, who was in failing health and would pass away in 2012, or right around the time MacPhail's contract was due to expire. I did see the part about Duquette's authority being severely eroded, and him understandably being none too happy about it. That being the case, and with the Angelos brothers reportedly taking over the day-to-day operation of the team, who's in charge? Is it Brady or Buck having the ear of the Angelos brothers, and which of them is the ultimate authority? You just can't have split duties because views and opinions are obviously going to conflict at times, which results in, well, not a whole helluva lot getting accomplished.
  25. I think it's mostly just in his head. Davis probably wasn't as good as that 53-homer season might have suggested, but now that he's been paid, he's pressing to demonstrate that he's actually worth that kind of money. (He isn't.) He wouldn't be the first player to be eaten up by a big contract.