thezeroes wrote:Burnett for the "Qualifying offer" ($14 Million) and Arroyo for $10 Million + incentives would finish the offseason. Both could have realistic goals that when achieved could kick in a contract for next year at a little less with more incentive based. Burnett could want a NO Trade Clause and I would make him buy that out of the contract for $2 Million, Arroyo could do the same for a cool million.
The draft slot for the first round is about $2 Million (17th)and the second round is about $1 Million (under 50th) and would stay in the pool for signing the first ten round players this June because neither of these players a compensation attached. These moves leave Gausman and McFarland at Norfolk to improve their respective arsenal for a late season push. This also gives the Orioles a chance to move Britton and Matusz if either prove to be effective in the upcoming campaign. If effective they could return lower level pitching prospects that would be 2015 replacements of same.
Starters in no particular order:
1. Give me Chris Capuano on a one year deal for $3MM-$6MM over Bronson Arroyo for two years at $8MM-$10MM. Although Great American Ballpark is no easy place to pitch, neither is Baltimore, and the Orioles play with the designated hitter. Like I've said before, Arroyo scares me. He'll get a multi-year deal thanks to his durability and control. But, the guy gives up a ton of home-runs and doesn't strike anybody out. His ERA constantly outperforms his FIP, but the peripherals suggest he's an average-to-below average pitcher in the national league.
2. I wish Duquette would trade Britton and Matusz right now. LOOGY's are easily replaceable, and the Orioles have an abundance of them in Troy Patton, Kelvin De La Cruz, Mike Belfiore, Chris Jones, Andy Loomis, Jason Gurka, Ashur Tolliver, Trent Howard, and Zach Fowler, and Aaron Laffey, all of whom should see time in the upper levels of the minors. There are several left handed relief pitchers on the free agent market too, in case Britton and Matusz were indeed traded away.
3. Would you really include Brach in your bullpen? He has an option remaining, so I figured he would go to Norfolk. Also, even though I would like them too, I doubt Baltimore will go with an eight man bullpen.
1. Chris Tillman
2. Miguel Gonzalez
3. Wei Yin Chen
4. A.J. Burnett
5. Chris Capuano/Bud Norris
1. Darren O'Day
2. Tommy Hunter
3. Ryan Webb
4. Kelvin De La Cruz
5. Edgmer Escalona
6. Josh Stinson
7. Bud Norris/Chris Capuano