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MLBTR (via Morosi): Orioles Talking With Saunders, Capuano

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Yep, that sounds about right.  Two average/below average pitchers who will be lit up like a bonfire at Camden Yards.  But in the world of Baltimore Oriole baseball, it's the body count that matters, not quality. 

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The O's need two veterans.  One should be a high ceiling guy (Santana?) and the other should be a reclamation project.  Garcia was last year's reclamation and either Capuano or Saunders could be the 2014 model.  But there's no way the O''s bring in both.   A guy like that will enable Gausman/Wright/Rodriguez to work on their repertoires while managing their innings in a more conducive atmosphere and then the best gets called up in the summer.  That's what the O's have done the last two years and there's no reason to expect a different course in 2014 when Tillman and Gonzalez both arrived via the strategy. It works, but the antsy crowd always ignores the patient approach.  Young dudes crave immediate gratification and mistake prudence for complacency. 

 

Either guy mentioned would challenge Norris, Chen and even Gonzalez for innings early on but ultimately would end up either in the bullpen or at Norfolk come summertime.  An innings eater early in the season keeps the guys that matter fresh when the season heats up. 

 

Like the prior moves, this is all about depth, nothing more, nothing less.  The big move needed is still out there but tire kicking is a recipe for failure once the practical vetting is exhausted.

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Can't believe I'm saying this but I'd rather them go with what they have than bring in either of those two

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Can't believe I'm saying this but I'd rather them go with what they have than bring in either of those two

I totally agree.  Matusz, britton, Johnson and Gausman can be better than those bums.  And that isn't saying a lot.  This is all part of the O's PR machine.  if you make the fans think you are going after these free agent scraps, they will be glad to have the mediocre existing options that are already on team.  Smoke and mirrors baby.  They had no intentions of ever bringing in a decent FA starter.   

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