^This^This^This^let me try to clarify my opinions. I don't think it's necessary to field a team that's predominantly high priced, premium players. and I wasn't lamenting a lack of those types of players. however, in the interest of full disclosure, I wanted to O's to sign Fielder. and he would have been the difference maker in winning the Division vs the wild card. there is no way to reasonably believe otherwise.
I disagree with the opinion that the addition of premium players (which always require a premium salary) won't help a team be better and more competitive. this is Hector's opinion. and if you go back and re-read your original post to me, it was more reflective of his opinion than this new expression of your's.
now to clarify my opinion on in-house signings. yes, I include Jones, Nick, B Rob, and Ponson. if someone is making an argument that a team can win without premium players, that will include those players developed by the team, who have reached the stage of their career where they can demand market value for their services. Subtract Markakis and Jones from the O's. do they still make the playoffs? do they still compete for the playoffs? IMO, the answer is No to both questions.
I agree with most of this. I differ with your opinion about MASN. and on that topic I defer to PGA who said MASN will allow the O's to compete on a level playing field with the poswerhouse teams in the division.
agreed. the difference is, the owner during those days, wasn't trying to compete. the owner was simply trying to bring in a couple players with name recognition to draw casual fans. the O's did the same thing with Sosa.
thank you for the compliment. I appreciate your posts as well.
as for reconciling my two opinions, I don't see why they're at odds with each other. they aren't mutually exclusive. last winter, the team needed a first baseman. Prince was available. although I didn't believe the 2012 O's would be competitive, the FO did. and since DD and Buck wanted Prince, I wanted to see them sign Prince.
after what they did last year, I'm not screaming for top $$$ additions. but it's important to add this. the owner's has repeated replied to calls for premium additions by saying, "we aren't ready to compete, so it's pointless to add them". well now the team is ready to compete. so if there is a premium player who can fill a need and make the O's better, I can't see a reason not to add that player.
I'm a lifer with this team, whether I like it or not
but I wasn't about to dwell on the past when the team was playing so well. I stayed in the moment, not the past and not the future (aka, "this won't last").
for all those who don't agree....how can a premium player NOT help ?