osforlife wrote:In my opinion, the Orioles should/could;
1. push towards a $100MM payroll.
2. be in contention for the third highest payroll in the AL EAST(I expect Toronto's payroll to come drastically down in the next few years. They never eclipsed $80MM from 2009-2012, and were at one point as low as $62MM. Their payroll right now is double what it was in 2010-2011).
3. be near/barely in the top dozen team payrolls.
I expect the major remaining free agents to fall into place after the Tanaka signing. I almost certain Baltimore walks into Spring Training with another starter. I would like two, but we get what we get. Also, don't be surprised if they patch up the DH situation. I think they've made it clear the Orioles will go with a platoon. Young or Pearce will man one side. Urrutia should go to AAA. They should final up the Colvin deal, and sign Wilson Betemit to a minor league deal.
I would love to see your points happen. I think all of your points are out of the realm of the owners thinking. In my opinion I don't see any of that happening. I wish I was wrong in my thoughts.
Old Sneakers wrote:Im a big draft and developer guy.
ofahn wrote:A perfect example is Miguel Sano. A few years ago, when Andy MacPhail justified reducing the ML payroll by about 25M a year by promising to rebuild the farm system, we were involved in the bidding for Sano; a sixteen YO infielder that many respected scouts compared to Miguel Cabrera. In the end the two top bidders were the Twins and the Pirates, two franchises that have LEGITIMATELY rebuilt their teams through their now top rated farm systems. Minnesota ended up with him for just north of 3M and I was SHOCKED that they could have out bid us at that amount. Where was that 25M going? We sure didn't spend it on the June draft. Miguel Sano is MLB's FOURTH best prospect on the list they just released.
Old Sneakers wrote:Sano like most prospects aren't overnight sensations. Had the Orioles signed him they likely would have ruined him.
Seafordeagles wrote:the club has given up on competing with them for top talent
ofahn wrote:IMO we have a difference of opinion on what constitutes "top talent".
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