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.
What makes you so interested in Ubaldo Jimenez? Sure, he's durable, fairly young, and talented, but he comes with draft pick compensation and has been pretty bad the last three years. From 2011-2013, Jimenez recorded a 4.45 ERA, 1.446 WHIP, and just a 2.04 K/BB. He has trouble throwing strikes and a very lucky LOB% last year. I'd love to have him, but as his cost? NO.
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.
I've read the article and I'm disappointing. He's a young, top of the rotation pitcher, with no draft pick compensation, whom would be Baltimore's ace for half a decade. And all he would cost is money. I never said that is the order Duquette will sign those pitchers, just the order that I would prefer.