This is a weak attempt to cause uproar among the fan base. Here are some particular comments that made me roll my eyes.
Jim Johnson is not in an Orioles uniform anymore because, as executive vice president Dan Duquette explains it, the club needed to better allocate its financial resources throughout the 25-man roster.
In other words, paying roughly one-tenth of the expected payroll for a closer – a position that can be exceptionally volatile – didn’t make sense when the Orioles have other holes to fill and can use the money saved to do that...If that’s the case, then that $10 million is going to dry up fast.
What’s the going rate for a closer?
This set the stage for the point of his article. I bolded the "primer" line which is the first step in getting the fans agitated.He then goes on to offer some possible signings and their expected salary, which would be $5-6M/yr. So far I have no problem with what he's saying. But then he start stirring the pot.
That would leave about half (or less) of Johnson’s projected salary in 2014 to fill a spot at left field or designated hitter or in the starting rotation. And what will $5 million buy you these days? Probably a little less than one year of Nate McLouth. Five million is probably half a season of Scott Feldman... Feldman should be able to get in the $10 million range per season on a multi-year deal.
O.K. Dan, but the O's aren't trying to fill those holes with only $5M. But if they were, McLouth could be had for $5M/yr, no problem. he only earned $2M last yr, and he didn't have a big enough year to warrant a 150% increase in annual salary. They certainly aren't trying to re-sign Feldman for $5/yr. He made $6M last season, and he will certainly be given $12/yr in his new contract. So if he and the O's want to stay together, the team has almost reached the $12M mark by adding $5M to his 2013 money. and none of this takes into account that they have B-Rob's $10M to work with. Dan forgot to mention that.
I guess the reason this bothered me so much is because we O's fans are already painfully aware of life under the iron fist of PGA. Quality journalism informs us by sharing their unique access to the club and other information outlets. this article doesn't do that at all.
Edited by weird-O, 05 December 2013 - 08:20 AM.