I hope this post was written out of frustration and does not reflect what you would do if you were the GM.
A_K wrote:We're going to be bad next year
Why do you feel that way? With the improvement in the offense, if this team would have had the same pitching we got in the last third of 2010 we would have won at least 85 games. Between the chaos in the coaching staff and a complete lack of ML ready pitchers at AAA we were unprepared for the injuries to the starting staff. With Andy MacPhail stepping away from the GM position I don't think that will happen again.
A_K wrote:If they make any trades, they should be for reclamation projects and blocked prospects who carry a cheap price tag and still have considerable room for projection. No more ... Tommy Hunters.
Tommy Hunter is
a reclamation project and was
a blocked prospect. We got him from Texas for someone we could afford to lose (Uehara). I don't think he's a ML starter on a winning team yet but he's still 25 and perhaps a winter of good nutrition and exercise will make a difference.
You suggested we trade Matt Wieters. Would he get a great return? You bet; but how would we replace the position, much less the player. There are few ML quality catching prospects much less all star caliber catchers. Wieters is what you build around when you trade other players for prospects.
I would have traded Hardy in July but he's signed now and we can revisit the trade issue next July.
I agree with trading Jones and wrote a post about it http://orioles-nation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=539
. My rationale was that Jones is one of the few players that we could get a quality return for that we can replace from within. Will Matt Angle or Kyle Hudson be the same player as Jones? No, but at least they're on the roster whereas a replacement for Wieters, Hardy, or Reynolds isn't.
You suggested playing Bell at 3B. Josh Bell is not
a ML player and will probably never be more than a sub. Snyder will probably be a better sub, and Andino is a proven ML sub.
When you have had fourteen straight losing seasons it's necessary to keep every option open for improving your team but trading players just to trade them isn't the answer. If you don't have the replacement for a position you only trade that player if you're going to fill at least
two other holes.
If we can find at least two ML quality starting pitchers and a ML quality corner infielder this winter we should flirt with .500 in 2012 while we are waiting for the kids (The Cavalry, The Sequel) to mature.