The Orioles are one of 9 teams that don't have any contract obligations going into 2015. This means that we should have a lot of flexibility for the free agent market in the upcoming years. Hopefully this means that the front office will have more leeway to make the moves they feel are necessary. At this point we should have the next class of prospects coming up and will have the flexibility to sign who they feel is necessary. http://mobile.newsday.com/inf/infomo;JS ... nopaging=1
I read the same story but I came away with a different take. I saw this as the flexibility to RETAIN those players that could become the core group of a winning team. Matt Wieters
is the first to come to mind.
Over the years I have come to understand that "free" agents more often HURT a team instead of helping it. You're overpaying for a player that is on the downside of their career and is being compensated for what they have DONE, not what they will DO over the entire period of their new contract. I challenge you to pick ONE contract signed this winter for more than 25M that won't look like a train wreck at some point before it ends.
Winning teams are built on home grown talent and trades. When you find a player that is willing to do whatever is necessary to win then you sign them through their PRODUCTIVE years. If the players demands more than that to stay in town - LET THEM GO. The Cardinals, Rangers, Brewers, and Mets allowed ICONS to leave this year and those teams (perhaps except the Mets) have reputations for quality FO management.
Maybe one of our current young pitchers will show themselves to be a building block. Or perhaps Machado or Dylan Bundy
will be so special we'll want to lock them up early in their career. IMO THAT'S what we should be saving our money for. Not some overpaid, soon to be has been.