Feldman was one of those non-moves. The O's really needed another pitcher they could count on, and the O's let him go.
I'm not criticizing the Arrieta trade - I think the trade made sense at the time, but I also think that the O's immovable position made the situation happen in the first place.
Miller was a great pickup - then they let him go in the offseason. It was just before the great shift to paying relievers, but he was too expensive for the O's.
DD makes a ton of good fringe acquisitions, and they pan out great. I just think that, again, his non-moves are what is going to define his time with the O's. I just hope that doesn't include a Manny defection.
Not signing Feldman at the time was not a "non move." ( IMHO)
The orioles decided to sign Ubaldo instead ( 4 years 50 million) and Feldman signed with the Astros (3 years for 30 million).
At the time they made the decision to sign Ubaldo one of the team's strengths was starting pitching.
They had Tillman, Bud Norris ( another mid season acquisition that improved the team) , Gonzalez, and Gausman.
You can argue that signing Ubaldo over feldman was a bad move, but the Orioles had four starters that would be under team control
for a few years. ( Not counting an injured Dylan Bundy. ) The orioles needed another starter, unfortunately, they signed the wrong one to a long
term contract. The Orioles certainly contributed to the Arrietta situation. However, they did give the guy opportunities and He needed the change of scenery.
I agree that Miller was too expensive at the time, especially considering that they had an excellent closer in Britton who was relatively cheap.
I think DD makes more than good fringe acquisitions, and I think some of his non moves work out pretty well. ( See Trumbo and Alvarez)
Edited by russsnyder, 15 April 2017 - 03:49 PM.