osforlife wrote:Almost every single free agent has either some deficiency, will get paid at least one more year than should, or get overpaid. But, that isn't an excuse for not signing any reasonable major league talent.
Um, IMO YES, it is. I just don't believe in spending the LIMITED budget that Angelos has allowed on long term mistakes that just clog up the roster.
osforlife wrote:If a GM hasn't come to the fact that all free agents have at least one of these, then all signings will be on the minor league side.
Some GMs have a bigger budget to work with and can afford a mistake. We can't.
osforlife wrote:Basically, the Orioles could have used a viable back-up player at second, a left fielder, and one starting pitcher. To fill these voids, we claimed Alexi Casilla, signed Nate McLouth, and signed a starting pitcher. A one year deal would have been preferable for each, but multi years deals shouldn't be out of the question. Minor leaguers are no sure thing.
I accept that we place different values on certain players, but I can't think of one "free" agent player that wanted to play here on a one year contract that was an improvement over what we had.
osforlife wrote:Waves are potent stars in the making have hurt us before (Cabrera, Liz, Loewen; even Britton, Arrieta, Matusz). Who's to say Bundy, Gausman etc won't deceive us again?
IF Bundy and Gausman tank we won't NEED to sign a bunch of over priced "free" agents, we'll be in a rebuilding mode again.
osforlife wrote:Plus, if we have an abundance of starters at the major league level, that will be good as our arms will receive more time in the minors developing.
You KNOW I agree with you on this, but the guy I wanted (Saunders) wouldn't sign here on a one year deal. Besides, I think Jurrjens will end up meeting that need.