thezeroes wrote:Overall I would give the Orioles a B in their off season moves. I am more than impressed with Dan Duquette's ability to not bow under fan/media pressure to make a move for the sake of doing so.
The biggest improvement was not mortgaging the future on long term contracts. The MiLB signings and organizational depth will be the hallmark moves for the 2013 Orioles going forward. The way Dan and Buck manipulate a roster through out the 2012 campaign will again be what will keep the Orioles in the hunt for a playoff appearance or the Division. The depth of the roster may lend itself to a July/August trade. The departure of the free agent class is equivalent to addition by subtraction. Finally it will be the return of the injured players and the overall development of those in the upper minors that also have been plagued by injuries.
I had posted this earlier in this topic and I felt I needed to add to it.
With the extensions of Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter gives the organization a since of direction that it has not had in some time. Players that are here and have went through one year of Dan and two plus years of Buck know exactly what is expected of them and how they need to progress to stay here.
With the ever changing landscape that was the Orioles in the past has now leveled off to familiarity for both players and coaches that are in charge of development. These coaches and players will know what is expected of them and what will not be allowed. The Minors will be a place that players develop and realise that if the effort and development is put forth they have a very good chance of making it to the Parent club.
With these two in charge the AAAA players also realise that the best chance to get another shot at the show may well be with the Orioles. These shots may be short-lived but are there for the taking and can once again put players in a spot to further their respective careers. In years past, players were added just to have bodies at AAA with no sense of direction IMO. Now these players are signed with one singular goal and that is the improvement of the Baltimore Orioles.