toonsterwu wrote:If the latest reports are true, the Orioles are morons (refusing to grant a window), and the White Sox may be offering simply 2 from that Cease/Hansen/Fulmer/Dunning crowd, which is a bit more understandable (reports say not offering top prospect, if Nightengale is correct, so Kopech would seem off the table ... this makes a lot more sense ... the White Sox could then flip him for other assets, as some of their 2nd tier starters have upside, but are risky).
Man, if the price isn't that high... I'd love to find a way to get into it. Dunno how we find the starters to meet the Orioles needs, though. Still ... that price seems awfully eh right now. Curious what the Cardinals offered (albeit, not formally) to not be the top offer - Hudson/Flaherty?
The Orioles are in a tough spot. They can't -or won't- spend the way Boston or the Yankees will. One of those 2 teams will be favored to win their division. So the question is what do they do about it? They could be The TB Rays and be in a compete every 6 years, rebuild the other 5 cycle but that would require better scouting, better organizational philosophy and better luck.
The other "problem" for the O's is that they will always have decent attendance since Camden Yards is a cool park that people want to see. Despite that, they are still losing fans to The Nationals and Yankees because they offer hope of actually winning something.
So they can't really go the Cubs route and tank hard for 3 years because they have neither the brains nor the necessity to do so. Their version of a rebuild is to trade their best player for at least 3 valuable pieces and likely a couple lottery tickets. That's a lot for a one year rental but if they don't get that then they might as well keep Machado and try to cobble something together around him.
snoodmonger wrote:Schwarber dong was as swaggy a dong as you're gonna see, fellas. If he'd dropped the bat cleanly, it would've jumped up and flipped itself.