Every year the team signs players to fill spots in their farm system and SOME fans act like we're deep frying the mascot. THESE SIGNINGS IMPROVE THE SYSTEM. Not by adding ML talent, but by allowing players to stay at a level where they can better develop and be able to watch how a veteran goes about their business.
I see adding minor league pitching depth as very important this year. There's a real chance that Britton, Arrieta, Matusz, Tillman, Bergesen, and Berken will all begin the year at AAA. When they start moving up to Baltimore then we will need pitchers to fill their places and we didn't have legitimate candidates at AA last year. If a trade or two is made then we might pick up a couple of AAA ready pitching prospects; otherwise, we'll NEED these no names and has beens to to fill the AAA rotation.