A_K wrote:Even if it did excite the daylights out of you, that excitement would totally expire by the fifth game of the season... unless the team was winning. Winning excites fans. There's no way around the fundamental reality. Putting Prince Fielder on a 100-loss team wouldn't move the needle for season-long attendance figures.
I believe that the core of the Baltimore fan base understands baseball. That being said they know when the team is heading in the right direction and when they're being sold another load of fertilizer. Right now I think we're being sold sold an over sized load.
Dan Duquette has said all the right things, but then so did every other new GM we've had over the last fourteen miserable years. I want to be clear that I think Duquette could fix this team if he was given the chance. Unfortunately, I'm starting to think Peter Angelos established ground rules when Duquette was hired that will not allow him to be successful.
The farm system above A level is almost empty. Restocking it will require trading quality ML players which means starting another rebuilding effort. If Angelos was clear that he wouldn't approve of trading Jones or certain other players then we're doomed to another long stretch of mediocrity.
All I want for Christmas is for Dan Duquette to get Peter Angelos' permission to call Mike Rizzo in Washington and offer CF Adam Jones, SS JJ Hardy, and SP Jeremy Guthrie for Bryce Harper (listen to my reasoning before you spit out your energy drink), RHP Brad Peacock, RHP A.J. Cole, LHP Sammy Solis, and 2B/SS Steve Lombardozzi.
This trade makes sense for both teams. The Nationals go to the playoffs right now and control Jones and Hardy through 2013. Guthrie is a free agent after the season but the Nats would probably earn a draft pick for him if he left. Their scouting department knows what to do with those high picks. Bryce Harper is absolutely a major talent but he won't get Washington to the promised land by himself and he's a LF; a position that is much easier to fill than CF. Besides that, Mike Morse would move back to LF when Rendon takes over 1B. The combined upgrade of Hardy at SS, Jones in CF, and Morse's contribution in LF would be much more than the upgrade of Harper in LF when he starts making a consistent contribution in 2013 or so.
When Rizzo balks at including Harper Duquette can counter with offering to take 1B Adam LaRoche, too, as a player to be named later which would open up 1B for the Nats to sign Fielder. If they don't, we would take a different throw in or a few bucks in cash.
The Orioles benefit by having a solid SP candidate (Peacock) and middle infielder (Lombardozzi) for 2012, two more candidates (Solis and Harper) to join the advanced elements of The Cavalry: The Sequel scheduled to arrive in 2013, and Cole should be part of the Class of 2014 which will probably include both Bundys, Machado, and Schoop. Harper would give us the legitimate power prospect this team so desperately needs. Make a solid run at Cespedes and Soler with the money we DIDN'T spend on some over priced "free" agent and you have a solid foundation of talent to build on. They could put LaRoche, a lefty, at DH until he rebuilds his value and then trade him.
An added benefit for Washington is that they add the players they need without committing to expensive and risky long term contracts which would give them the money and prospects they might need to acquire any last piece they feel they need next July.
I dream about sitting in the stands in late September and watching a wild celebration on the field. I just want it to be because we're
going to the playoffs and haven't just eliminated someone else.