this stuff makes me laugh. The D-backs said they're looking for a deal that would include either Machado, Bundy or Gausman. The O's said no to any of those players.
this helps explain why O's fans (on and off this board) are so often suggesting trades that bring top shelf talent to Baltimore while shipping off scraps to the other team. they simply follow the mind set of the team.
what GM thinks he's going to get Upton for the likes of Avery & Hoes (I just threw those names out there).
Upton is under control for 3 years at a very good price. you have to part with talent to get talent in return.
Manny is already here and penciled in at 3B, so I understand not wanting to move him. that just fills one hole by opening another. that's just playing wack a mole and doesn't make sense. And I can see not wanting to move Bundy since he's the most polished pitcher in the system, but you have to expect to move Gausman at the very least.
this team refuses to trade "the future" to win now.
if the future ever got here, I could understand that philosophy. but it never arrives. get Upton, sign Saunders and go after that ring. if Bundy is ready by next year, you can probably make back to back runs at a ring. maybe even 3 in a row.
or you can wait until Bundy and Gausman both come up and become staff leaders, hope that, whenever that happens, Weiters is still a prime catcher, hope Markakis can still play as well as he does now, hope AJ doesn't get injured or slow down in 3-4 years, keep searching for someone to play 1B, pick up another cast off to play 2B etc, etc.