osforlife wrote:I would never sign Santana and/or Jimenez. They're very expensive, inconsistent, and attached to a draft pick. They're off-limits. Out of the next three, I would sign Tanaka, Garza, or Arroyo in that order.
dan72 wrote:I've been vocal in support of Jiminez despite the draft pick. He gives you a front of the rotation arm, that can help the club win now. Since we all agree that signing Wieters and Davis long term is a slippery slope, our window to win is 2014 and 2015. Even a college pitcher selected in the next draft is not a slam dunk to impact the team during the '14 or '15 seasons.
To answer the question though, Jiminez is the only pitcher I would want. Be leary of Tanaka, he has a million miles on his arm already. I feel like who ever takes him could be looking at another DiceK type flop.
I am in agreement with most that the club will never spend REAL money on REAL pitching. We will always be bottom feeders, cleaning up the scraps from the contending teams. Occasionally a Tillman will fall in our laps. I have come to grips with the fact that A) pitchers don't want to pitch in OPACY and B) Angelos doesn't care about winning.
The Oaklands and Tampa Bays of the world scout and develop better than we do, which is why they will be more successful. Can you ever see the day that the Orioles pay Yoennis Cespedes? I don't.
Roch posted this about the Orioles have no interest in Tanaka. So you can cross that guy off your list. Sadly we're bottom of the barrel scraping now and in the future.
osforlife wrote:I've read the article and I'm disappointing.
Seafordeagles wrote:FREE AGENTS BEWARE OF BALTIMORE. You never know what shows up from their physicals.
osforlife wrote:Let's be honest, the fallout of the Grant Balfour deal is a blessing in disguise.
docjj wrote: I guess I'd go with Santana. Garza gets hurt a lot. Jiminez walks too many guys and hasn't been able to replicate his success from years ago. Arroyo is old. Santana isn't a star anymore, but he might make a serviceable mid rotation guy.
Seafordeagles wrote:I think the owner has a issue with winning.
I can not agree with you on that. Not signing Balfour has made the Orioles a complete mockery in the eyes of agents. That's been reported from many different media outlets.
Definitely not a blessing.
osforlife wrote:I'm sorry, but I can't see how Grant Balfour failing his physical has anything to do with free agents' perspectives on coming to Baltimore.
Also, strictly from a baseball/financial view, paying a 36 year old reliever with a balky shoulder and worrisome home/road splits $8MM a year is ludicrous, even in today's market.
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