that's the point I was making. they haven't invested in an impact FA since Tejada. I would be totally shocked if they changed that pattern this year.
hypothetically, if the O's are legitimately in the hunt at the trading deadline and the season reveals that they need a certain type of player (or two) to help ensure that they can push their way into Oct, do you see them investing in the player(s) to make that happen?
and just to help the conversation, the player(s) in question are young, solid, proven talents. the trades are fair for both teams. the fans of both teams agree their team is getting a good deal. both players are willing to sign a long term contract with the O's and the length of their contracts won't outlast their likely productive years as players. all indications suggest that they will vastly improve the quality of the team. but they want market value. They will each sign for $18M/yr even though they will most likely get $20M/yr on the open market.
do you think the O's would make this move and invest in these worthy players?