If it ain't broke don't fix it. Matusz and Arrieta stunk it up as starters last year, they should be better (couldn't be much worse). Markakis was injured and only really contributed in the last quarter of the season. Machado for a whole year is better than 3b for all of last year. No one had a monster year in 2012. So 2013 should be better than 2012 and done cheaply.
I'm convinced that the main reason the Oriole FO even shows up at the winter meetings every year is because they cant wait to obtain a minimum wage player through the annual Rule V draft.
Who'd have thunk it, but Reynolds' play with the glove at 1B probably saved Machado more than a handful of errors on throws. Or at least turned what would have been ruled a hit due to difficulty into an out.
I'm probably in the minority at this point, but Duquette still doesn't give me much reason for confidence long-term. Still think last year's run was more thanks to a healthy dose of good fortune combined with a handful of MacPhail moves finally paying some dividends. Duquette's only big plus moves were Hammel and Chen. And Hammel was the proverbial lottery ticket that actually paid off. Near 30 year-olds with a career 5 ERA usually don't magically turn it around like he did. We'll see. His main offensive additions in Betemit, Chavez, and Johnson were below adequate all-around. McClouth was the only position player he added of any note, and that was just another mid-season trash heap pick-up with no risk. Wonderful that he played relatively well, but it's still not the sort of move you copy as the key to building a consistent competitor.
So I think our starting pitching looks reasonably set with Hammel, Chen, Tillman, Gonzalez, & Britton with perhaps Johnson or even Bundy stepping in when one of them plays their way out of the rotation. We have a lot of good young arms and I think the starting pitching looks good. Of course I am making the same mistake a lot of fans make in assuming that the likes of Hammel, Gonzalez, and Tillman all continue with their above median performances and do not revert back to their normal careers.
I think the pitching will be okay....it's the offense I'm worried about.
I just don't see them winning so many 1 run games next year without adding another bat. This team struggled big time to score runs at times.
Once again it's on Petey ....because I'm sure DD would love to add one. His hands are tied
Angelos position on spending on FAs was already legitimized by other teams that have taken the same position.
They said several years ago that they wanted to start building from within - and they've done that.
The real issue with the O's is that they aren't putting themselves in position to win by supplementing the talent on the team with dependable FAs.
McLouth, as I said before, seems like a great signing - but there are still ?'s with him.
In the meantime, the Yanks are going after Youk, who is a guy that could have really solidified this team and added to this clubhouse.
The real issue overall that I see here is that the new agreement has really hung smalls and mids out to dry, while giving all of the resources of the league to the bigs.
I get, they "make" more of the money (that's a debate for another time) - but the reality is that you can't have the Yankees if you don't have the O's, Rays, and other teams out there to play against them and make the schedule.
The Yanks aren't going to draw 40K a game if they don't have anyone to play against - and the intrigue that is created by a good team playing difficult games against good teams is what keeps fans in the ballpark.
Angelos is just as greedy as the next owner, and the only difference is that he doesn't have the same resources as a number of the other franchises.
Youk is a superior defender and can play both sides, so as to be insurance if either guy falters, he can hit middle of the order, he's a career .283/.384/.482 guy, he has playoff experience, and he's a switch hitter who can DH.
As far as Reynolds, I like the idea of bringing him back. Imo, they would be bringing back one of the best defensive 1b in baseball. It would be great to have a 6/7 of Hardy/Reynolds, with Wieters batting 5th, Adam 4th, Davis 3rd, and a combination of Markakis/McLouth/Reimold/BRob at 1/2 - or even to move BRob to 9th - then Manny could bat 8th and have no pressure.
really the only top free agent that you would want to sign is swisher. But i really don't want swisher due to the thing with the policeman.
last year fielder was the guy to get and he was worth the money. I don't see anyone worth the money they will be getting this year.
Q. Does that job get somewhat more manageable with the MASN dollars?
A. In answer to your question, now that we have an RSN and we can move forward with it…that is going get us on a more even plane with Boston and New York, and that was the purpose.
for some unknown reason the fans in these parts have amnesia when it comes to the actual resources this team has. The ability to spend more is there, the will never has been nor will it be there until new ownership.
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