Hearing CD's and DD's comments makes you realize it will be same-old same-old. There's pretty much no player the orioles will pay the premium going rate. And, in my opinion, in the vast majority of cases that is the *correct* decision. Just because other teams are beyond stupid with their money doesn't mean every team should. The problem is the Orioles never do it. Not since Miguel Tejada, and in that case the market was somewhat depressed because the big money teams did not bid for him (they were already set at SS).
Suffice to say there are times when the Orioles need to show some willingness to spend big. I have said many times that I would almost never spend enormous money on a starting pitcher. A few years back I said I'd be willing to make an exception for Zach Greinke. Looking at him I thought there was a smaller risk that he would turn into a rag-arm pulling down 20-some million in the middle years of his contract. I was right when I said it. But I would not touch him now, even with the terrific years he's had recently. The innings are really starting to pile up on that arm and eventually (probably soon) it will come to a point where he's a very expensive liability. You have to pick and choose your spots carefully when investing that kind of money.
CD is/was a guy they could have negotiated with (it's uncertain what teams are out there willing to commit a huge deal) and according to him there's been very little or nothing discussed with the Orioles. DD said they offered him an extension in 2013. Whoa how impressive is that? That's typical Orioles. Now it's probably too late.
I think there's two reasons the Orioles are always a day late and a dollar short.
1. Peter Angelos won't allow the GM to make the big dollar decisions and I think Pete waits too long so people move on to the next option.
2. The MASN lawsuit
Both of these need to be resolved before the orioles have a reasonable chance to compete on a year-to-year basis. Let's see them prove me wrong. The only thing that might change that is they start drafting much better, because guys are cheap in the draft. But of course the orioles have a horrific track record in the draft, so.....
Edited by aurelius, 06 October 2015 - 03:53 AM.