I guess I'm one of the few not sold on Rasmus. I don't think MacPhail was slow or out of it--everyone in the world knew Rasmus was on the block. I'm of the belief that Buck isn't an easier manager to play for than Tony LaRussa and Rasmus would've faced more of the same and everyone in the Oriole organization knew that. Rasmus is too young to have an attitude. Buck would rather have Nolan Reimold
out there than Rasmus (I know I would--just make it every day and quit playing Pie). In fact, Reimold had a higher OPS
in 2009 and has a higher one in 2011 (albeit in limited ABs) and no one questions Nolan's hustle or work ethic this season. Finally, it would've taken at least Guthrie to get Rasmus (given it ended up being Edwin Jackson, who is younger and just as much raw talent) and Rasmus is arbitration-eligible after this season. I see the raw tools and everything that made him a 1st-round pick in '05. Still, I am glad they didn't do it.
As for Toronto, I don't envy their deals, I envy their drafting. Romero, Arencibia, Cecil, Hill, Snider are all great 1st round picks (and going back only a few years more, Rios, Wells, and Halladay). Most of those years, they picked after the Orioles. Anthopoulos is making a lot of interesting deals, but most involve inviting some major personalities to Toronto (Escobar, Lawrie, and Rasmus have all had red flags about their attitude before they came over). It might pay off, but that can also be cancerous to a clubhouse. Only time will tell.