Why do you feel that way?
I'm sorry, but I would have considered signing those players for what they finally were paid as disaster of Biblical proportions. Hamilton MIGHT have been an asset this year and next, but that's NOT a guarantee and he most certainly will be a bad contract the last three years. Greinke's contract was LUDICROUS. He's had issues with pressure and bringing him into an environment where he's being counted on to deliver at least a pennant may be more than he can handle. We'll see if he can handle the pressure in LA.
I saw a Stanton trade for the 2013 season to be about a zero sum transaction, and maybe less than that in the out years. It's not that his price was unreasonable, it's that WE DIDN'T HAVE THE SURPLUS TO MAKE THE TRADE. He would have cost at least Bundy, Machado, and Schoop; and maybe Eduardo Rodriguez. This year we would have been creating one hole (3b) to fill another. In the out years we would gutted our farm system to fill one position.
If he's still on the market this fall, and we develop enough surplus prospects that would interest MIami, I would be all for making the trade.
You misunderstand me (or I poorly expressed myself). My intention was to say that while I think signing/trading for those players would have made it more likely that we made the playoffs this season
, I nonetheless would not have wanted them to make those moves.
I think you can see where I'm coming from. Essentially: maximizing the odds of making the playoffs this season isn't the most important thing in the world, and similarly, the team's likelihood of making the playoffs in this season is not at the center of my interest or lack of interest in the coming season.
As for the team's outlook for this season, and why I consider us a long shot for the playoffs. I think we overperformed last year in a way that cannot be expected to be repeated, and that isn't even close to mitigated by whatever hypothetical improvements we might have from players returning from injury or improving on their own performance. So, I suspect we'll regress to something resembling our true talent level from last year (85 wins or so).
On paper, I'd say we're the worst team in the division. I think there's a better chance we finish in last place than there is that we make the playoffs.
But, I'd like to reiterate, that I consider myself optimistic about the state of the Orioles generally speaking.