Wow, how perceptive.
and look at this list of stinkers -
another example of 1st round dominance -
in fact, this is the only team that I immediately searched (who has been competitive) that I would say knows what they are doing -
Prior to the start of last season, the O's decided not to re-sign Vlad but instead to go with DH's who could also play in the field. They then signed Nick Johnson and Wilson Betemit and didn't sign Vlad. I criticized that decision at the time because the main criteria for a designated hitter is that they can actually hit and Vlad was a much better hitter than either Johnson or Betemit.
My comments in support of Vlad were pretty universally criticized by our fellow and lady posters on this board. That's the basis for my conclusion that others preferred having Johnson and Betemit rather than Vlad.
Moving forward to July 2012, O's brass recognized the foolishness of their pre-season decision and signed Jim Thome, a fulltime DH that couldn't play in the field. Too bad the brass didn't listen back in March when I presented them the best path forward and they went another way.
PDATE: Rosenthal says the Orioles have made an offer to Guerrero. He thinks it could be in the $3-5 million range. Seems high given that he agrees with me that there really is nowhere else for Guerrero to go.
this is revisionist history and it's not accurate either. they didn't "sign" Thome. they traded for him. and they did that because the other 2 guys went on the DL and they needed a warm body. Thome was the best available player. he proved that with some clutch hitting in Sept.Moving forward to July 2012, O's brass recognized the foolishness of their pre-season decision and signed Jim Thome, a fulltime DH that couldn't play in the field. Too bad the brass didn't listen back in March when I presented them the best path forward and they went another way.
I love his ability to rate and figure out intelligent risks, but I'm curious where he is at as far as being willing to go after a FA.
The thing I wonder is if the contract to AJ is more of an indication rather than the way he's gone after players in this market. Most of the guys available have serious baggage, or just don't fit the needs of the O's - so this may be a reason he's holding off.
I hope he's able to resign Saunders and get one more starter.
the O's could be flush with pitching. but they could also be 2 pitchers shy of a full rotation. there are some exciting possibilities in guys like Tillman and Steve Johnson.
great defensive catchers who also provide reliable offense are the most rare commodity in the sport. keeping him should be a very high priority. a quick look says he's a FA in 2016. so there's time. but smart teams lock up their young talent.
I heard Jim Duquette talking about this very subject. he said the 23rd overall draft pick yields very good talent. and he questions whether Laroche is worth that much.
as an aside, that's now the 3rd version of what the O's 1st round draft choice is. I've heard that it's the 23rd, 24th & 25th. do I hear 22nd?
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