osforlife wrote:I think the Orioles are in a comfortable financial position.
...and have been for a long time. The problem is that OWNERSHIP has authorized only a limited ML payroll and GROSSLY underfunded scouting and player development. Unless we trade one or more of our veterans RIGHT NOW to file holes and re stock the farm system we're going to be a perennial door mat again after the 2015 season.
osforlife wrote:Baltimore has many free agents coming off the books this winter; Tsuyoshi Wada, Jason Hammel, Scott Feldman, Francisco Rodriguez, Alexi Casilla, Wilson Betemit, Nate McLouth, and Brian Roberts.
I could see Roberts signed for a modest base and incentives contract to be the primary DH, Wada signed to the same kind of contract, and McLouth given a qualified offer to get the draft pick. By trading L J Hoes McLouth becomes a much more important potential backup plan.
osforlife wrote:I think Orioles could non-tender Jim Johnson, Taylor Teagarden, and Nolan Reimold.
Johnson will still have trade value. Most of the league will see him as being overused and evaluate him on his performance when he wasn't tired.
IMO he'll be offered a contract, BUT will not be part of the team next year.
osforlife wrote:After all of that shedded salary, I think we could be healthy suitors in the free agent market. That doesn't mean, however, that Baltimore should or will be major suitors in the free agent market.
I would be fine with almost any signing that doesn't cost us a draft pick and doesn't include contract years beyond the age thirty three or so. That being said, here's the list of "free" agents available this winter. The list is dated February 29th so some of the players like Chase Utley are now off the market. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/02/2 ... gents.html
It doesn't print a pretty picture.
osforlife wrote:All that being said, there could/will be problem over the next several years if the O's don't restock their farm system.
I've posted that so many times my fingers could type it on auto pilot.
osforlife wrote:Baltimore and Boston could be ideal trade partners. Without Ellsbury, Boston would like use an outfield of Daniel Nava LF, Jackie Bradley CF, Shane Victorino RF, and Jon Gomes as the 4th outfielder. However, with Ellsbury, the Redsox have a logjam on the corners with Jackie Bradley, Daniel Nava, Jonny Gomes, and Shane Victorino. Now, Boston could use Mike Carp or Daniel Nava at first base, but they aren't exactly the kind of first baseman on a first place club would want after losing Jarrod Saltalamaccia, Mike Napoli, and Stephen Drew. The Orioles would have two first basemen, and the Redsox would have a semi-need of one.
Chris Davis, Xavier Avery, & Zach Britton for Jackie Bradley, Garin Cecchini, Bryce Brentz, Brandon Workman, Ryan Kalish & Henry Owens? Give or Take
It's great thinking outside of the box, but I seriously doubt that DD or Cherington would be willing to exchange that much young talent to a team they see as a serious threat over the next few years. If some of player traded to one team flop and some of the players going the other way make the difference in getting to the WS it would make the GM staying home in October look REALLY bad.
I could see us making a big trade, but I would expect it to be with an NL team. Just think what Chris Davis would mean to the Pirates lineup. If he were in it RIGHT NOW they would probably be the WS favorite.