osforlife wrote:If DD would have signed Melky Cabrera over Nate McLouth and a veteran starter already, the off-season would be complete and an A+.
I know you're a Melky fan and a one year deal might have made some sense, BUT; 1) WHICH Melky would have shown up? That becomes even more important on a two year deal; 2) This is only my opinion and I have no proof of it, but I believe that after the Palmiero fiasco and what came out about some of their players and PEDs the FO would have had to do some soul searching before they would have brought in another "cheater"; 3) I think Buck really believes in McLouth and sees him as a positive in the clubhouse, and IMO Nate will work very hard to justify that faith. This is a risky prediction, but I think McLouth will have a season worth far more than his salary.
osforlife wrote:The only FA starters I'd be willing to sign to major league deals with options would be Joe Saunders, Shaun Marcum, and MAYBE Jeff Karstens.
I think Saunders will be on our roster on Opening Day, particularly, if all the other teams only offer him one year. He was successful here and could see Baltimore as the place to completely rebuild his value. I would grit my teeth and smile if we ended up with Marcum.
osforlife wrote:Kyle Lohse would be really nice but he costs a draft pick so I don't think the club will do that.
I just don't see him as a good fit. He wants a multi year contract and we only need a veteran SP for one year.
osforlife wrote:Minor league deals towards Jair Jurrgens and Dallas Braden intrigue me.
As good a value as those signings would be I'm not sure that we have a place for them nor would those pitchers see us as a good place to rebuild their careers. If we sign Saunders (or another veteran SP) the ML rotation will be full and I'm assuming that our starting rotation at AAA will be Matusz, Britton, Arrieta, and Dylan Bundy. That leaves ONE spot for a SP and no realistic hope of fast tracking to Baltimore.
If we trade a couple of those Norfolk starters in the next few weeks then I could see reclamation projects making calls to the Orioles.