When the Orioles got Alex Gonzales I sort of shook my head, wondering "what do we need with a 37 year old shortstop?" Then they flip him at the right time for a 25 year old piece that fits a number of places in the puzzle. Just good, canny wheeling and dealing it seems to me, which is what we need around here.
that's a really good point to make. and I think it's a good example of what DD brings to the table. I fully credit McPhail for the moves he made to bring in guys like Hardy, Tillman & AJ. but DD added urgency to the position. AM seemed happy to take a long, leisurely stroll toward being competitive. DD was on fire to win immediately. and I think we can really see the difference between the two GMs, now that DD has been here a couple of years. when he first took over, I remember thinking, "who the heck is Chen, what rock did he pull him out from under", or "great, more scrap heap signings named M. Gonzalez and McLouth. That's the Oriole way"
swapping Gonzalez for Lombardozzi didn't capture any headlines on ESPN. but it makes the team younger and more versatile. hence, the team is better.
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