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#1 CROUSEMAN

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 09:59 AM

I find it quite amazing that Duquette acquired 4 key contributors to this year's team straight out of the bargain bin.  Young and Meek were minor league signings.  And he flipped to prior minor league signings (Valcencia and A. Gonz) for Lough and Lombardozzi.  The guys he picked up still have a lot of tread on their tires being in the 25-30 range .  I don't know what their combined salaries are, but it can't be much.  This is akin to an NFL GM finding gold in a seventh round draft pick or a free agent college kid.  Duquette is good, he is really good!



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Posted 19 April 2014 - 10:24 AM

Young 1,000,000 with 750,000 in incentives.
Meek 800,000
Lombardozzi 517,500
Lough 510,500

So 2,828,000 plus whatever additional Young gets.

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 11:35 AM

DD has done an amazing job of finding quality players in unlikely places. I made jokes when he was brought in, and I ate that crow. I don't question his moves any longer.  


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 12:15 PM

Wasn't he part of the expos? Explains it. Remember how the expos were everyone's minor league team for talent?

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 12:33 PM

Wasn't he part of the expos? Explains it. Remember how the expos were everyone's minor league team for talent?

he was, he knows how to succeed on a budget.


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 12:42 PM

Could be a special year. DD is our new Ozzie
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Posted 19 April 2014 - 01:01 PM

Could be a special year. DD is our new Ozzie

a couple of analysts picked he O's to go to the world series. I don't put much stock in pre-season predictions, but it's a nice change of pace from predicted to finish in the basement of the AL east


Edited by weird-O, 19 April 2014 - 01:01 PM.

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 02:58 PM

He's a thrift store shopper that knows what he's looking for...and he's constantly looking. He probably would have kept Bautista when the O's had him a few years back. He also has Buck, who knows how to get the most out of players.
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Posted 19 April 2014 - 04:13 PM

Lough's 28, decent AVG but no power.  He's very likely never going to be an every day player.  A pinch runner / defensive replacement / 4th or 5th OF.  Lombardozzi is more or less the same guy, but younger.   Delmon Young is 28 (i.e. not exactly a prospect and unlikely to get any better at this point) with a little power, no speed, not much glove, and no OBP.  Meek is 30, has a few really good seasons on his resume (most recently 4 years ago) and has pitched about 8 good innings so far.  These guys are mostly backups / role players at best.  Granted, you need them to produce, but they're not exactly front-line "plus" players as of yet...  but if this team contends and/or makes the post-season, you chances are very high that they'll be WAY down the list of reasons why...

 

The vast majority of the pieces that have made this team competitive the last 2+ years were acquired by prior management. 


Edited by Ravens2006, 19 April 2014 - 04:16 PM.

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