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Monday, April 22, 2019
Posted on April 22, 2019 at 10:05 AM.
- Harper 30-97-A is top FA. In 2018 he signed with CHW. They lost in ALDS then in 2019 they lost in the ALCS. 80, 83 and 83 wins followed. They never made it back to the playoffs. What a waste. He is looking for his final contract.


- Looking to trade Sisco 28-86-A. He has won several consecutive Gold Gloves but is not a great hitter. He could still get us some pitching.
SFG - only team to offer prospects
MIL - need
CHW - need

BAL - SP Nariano Rivas 24-65-C This is a surprise. We were hoping to have him in the rotation next season. He retired because of "ability". Weird.

Mike Leake - Yu Darvish - Danny Duffy - HOF Robinson Cano 2,784 H 352 H .297 avg
Category: Franchises, Orioles
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Posted on April 17, 2019 at 03:43 PM.
AAA - 86-54 1st
League Leaders: 2B Gonzalez 39 doubles / CF Brannen 8 triples / Wood 15 wins, Saucedo 15 wins, Estrada 12 wins / CP Catnik 51 saves / Wood 2.37 era, Saucedo 2.54 era / Estrada 177 K
Wood 213 IP, Estrada 188 IP /

1B Montanez .337 8 hr / C Wynns .289 / 1B Gonzalez .286 / CF Brugman .273
2B Gonzalez .272 / C Collins .265 11 hr / SS Grenier .230 14 HR 60 rbi / 1B Rios 16 hr

RP Pop 8 ip 0.00 8 k / RP Feltman 49 ip 43 k 1.84 / CP Catnik 51 sv 54 k 2.24
SP Wood 15-8 2.37 142 k / SP Rogers 2.41 / SP Saucedo 15-6 2.54 103 k
RP Hersh 5-1 2.68 / SP Akin 41 IP 42 K 3.02 / SP Estrada 12-6, 3.40 177 k

AA - 75-65 1st
LF Spahn .305 / 3B Encarnancion .304 / LF Vargas .302 10hr 48 rbi / SS Webster .277 15 hr
1B Cedeno .269 / 2B Kovalenko .264 10 hr / C Nottingham .245 16 hr 53 rbi
RF Rodriguez .235 20 hr 57 rbi

RP Escobar 1.53 / SP Mercado 10-8, 2.76 / RP Gomez 2.92, 64ip 94K / RP Elez 7-3, 3.01
SP Cervantes 13-6, 3.17 / RP Alvarez 3.47 46k 46ip / SP Francisco 9-7, 3.88
SP Hanifee 3.88
Category: Franchises, Orioles
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Posted on March 21, 2019 at 01:13 PM.
BOS 66-41 tied with TOR 1st SP Rodriguez 30 days (9-3, 2.09)

TOR 65-40 tied with BOS 1st

DET 54-49 1st 1.5 gm ld Traded for Garcia+Castro (MIA)

CLE 54-42 2nd 1.5gb

SEA 61-45 1st 2gm ld SP Clevinger OFS (6-1,2.68) GET: Chase Anderson

OAK 59-47 2gb CP Treinen 42 days 2.61 22sv

ATL 59-46 1st 2.5gm ld SP Allard 53 days (8-6, 3.93) CF Acuna (.320, 19 hr) 60 days

WAS 57-49 2.5gb WC 1.5gb
- NEED: backup INF/

CHC 64-40 4gm ld RP Ray OFS

STL 61-45 4gb WC 1st

CIN 58-47 6.5gb WC 2.5gb 2nd Gennett 41 days .363 22hr 1B Carpenter OFS .280
2B Herrera 52 days .225

LAD 58-45 2gm ld CF Buxton .261 2 weeks, RP Sierra 3 weeks SP Stripling OFS RF Toles 53 days .254 17hr

SFG 58-49 2gb WC 1gb of 2nd C Knapp 60 days SP Bumgarner 2 weeks 8-4, 2.29


Tanaka NYY 10-6, 2.90 1yr left
LH Montgomery 10-6 3.41 final
Junis KC 11-7 2.93 final
LH Heaney LAA 8-5, 3.38 3yr
LH Garcia MIA 5-5 3.21 final DET
Anderson NYM 8-8 2.73 final
Taillon PIT 10-4, 2.63 final
Stroman ARI 7-6 3.69 3yr

Devenski KC 2.95
LH Garrett KC 2.75 60k 55 ip
Familia MIN 2.43
LH Solis MIN 53k 51 ip
LH Poyner LAA 2.77 Rule 5
LH Sherriff BAL 4.25 63K 55ip
LH Hart BAL 3.79 1yr 540k
Steckenrider MIA 3.52 38K 30 IP final
Sewald NYM 2.77 32K 26 IP
Ramos PHI 1.80 25 K 30 IP
LH Suter MIL 72 stam 5-2 2.69 103 IP starting
Crick PIT 1.71 36 K 31 IP
De La Rosa ARI 3.28

Hildenberger MIN 2.38 44k 41 ip
Davis TEX 24 sv 2.64 34k 30ip
Osuna HOU 1.85 2yr
Claudio COL 0.75 $5M 4yr


Thames LAA .267 18hr 62rbi final
Austin MIN .256 12 hr
Aguilar MIL .283 16 HR 56 RBI final
Moran PIT .307 16 HR
Myers SDP .264 18 HR final
Abreu TB .281 8 HR final

Segura PHI .309 14 HR 32-80-B final 75 field
Diaz HOU .241 16 HR
Kang NYM .257 12 HR final
Valentin PHI .276 plays OF
Moran PIT .307 16 HR plays OF/1B
Crawford ARI .295 82 fielder
Iglesias SD .258 9HR 95 fielder
Villanueva SD .249 23 HR 62 RBI
Wendle .268 18 HR 64 RBI 1 yr

Upton TEX .275 20 HR final
Moran PIT .307 16 HR
Cain MIL .275 20 HR 64 RBI final 90 fielder
Dickerson PIT .268 12 HR 51 RBI $7M 1yr
Marte PIT .302 14 HR $13M 2yr 87 fld 79 spd
Tomas ARI .265 11 HR final plays 3B
Blackmon COL .286 25 HR 71 RBI 2yr
Myers SDP .264 18 H 56 RBI plays 1B final

DET: LHSP Garcia + 2B Castro
MIA: SP Keene ('19 3rd) + 1B Ferreira ('18 1st) + C Greiner ('14 3rd)

SEA: SP Chase Anderson
NYM: RF Damian Anderskow 23-68-B

SEA: RP Crick
PIT: SS Perry Palin 23-71-B + SP Fred Rosario 21-71-C + 3B Nick Wirth 21-58-C

SFG: 1B Thames + RP Poyner
LAA: RP Heller + 3B Butler + RF Quinn

SFG: LHRP Sherriff
BAL: SP Marcos Maldonado 20-64-C + (A) '21 5th
LHRP Sandy Lowell 19-61-C 2.27 (AA) '21 1st

CHC: SP Junis
KC: CF Velazquez FA +
SP Conway '18 8th (AAA) 1-2, 30ip 17k 15bb 4.80 (AA) 6-7, 3.55 116ip 86k 51bb

BOS: SP/RP De La Rosa
ARI: 1B/3B/RF Lewis Hedrick 20-70-C

CLE: 2B Moran
PIT: SP Hankins + CP Darnell

ATL: CF Cain
MIL: RF Childress (AAA) .188 '19 1st + SP Julio Espinosa (A) '21 4th
Category: Franchises, Orioles
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Posted on March 14, 2019 at 09:35 AM.
TIGERS sweep Nationals in World Series despite having to play Cleveland in game 163 for the division crown. It was a 1 game playoff in which the loser went home. Unreal.

MVP: Trout OAK .282 45 hr 116 RBI Bryant .332 48 h 134 RBI
CY YOUNG: Snell TB 15-5, 3.11 236k Lucchesi SD 17-3, 2.80 183k
ROY: Honeywell SP- TB 11-8, 3.81 198k Hiura 2B-MIL .297 19h 84 RBI

After 5 years the Orioles are still the worst team in the game. So why is the front office so positive? The answer is in the the numbers 1, 4, 12, and 19. That's the rankings of the teams top prospects in all of the game.
Number 1 overall prospect INF Marco Gonzalez is ready to play in Camden Yards next season. He is improving his defense but won't win any Gold Gloves. A batting title? Very possible. The number 4 overall prospect is SP Miguel Estrada. He doesn't throw hard but he is accurate. At 21-83-A he is likely to compete next spring for the rotation along with #19 overall prospect LHSP Julius Wood 21-82-B. Wood throws hard, long and doesn't get hit. INF Jaime Anaya 21-73-A has further to go but has improved his plate vision this season. He will likely be at the top of the prospect list next season but his defense could have him up at the SS position sooner rather than later.

These youngsters combined with young starters DL Hall, 23-80-B, Rucke 23-78-B, Grayson Rodriguez and talented young arms in the pen like Ferguson 25-82-B who started several games, Closer Nunez 25-78-A as well as 51 svs from AAA Catnick the means of a solid rotation and pen are there.

It will be interesting to see what they do with 4 time Gold Glove winner C Chance Sisco 27-86-A. His defense is the best in the game but he has hit .221 and .219 the last two seasons. With Jed Snowden 25-85-B hitting .275 with 10 hr playing mostly 1B they can trade Sisco or keep both until the deadline since they don't have a true 1B.
3B Nunez finally broke out and earned is 27-84-A rating by hitting .280 with 26 hr and 82 rbi.
RF Diaz dropped his average and homers but a .246 21 hr 70 rbi is still a good year at 25-82-A. 3B Mountcastle might have to improve as much or more as his did this season 25-82-A hit .255 16hr 58 rbi in his second season.

With a lot of young talent the Orioles are definitely heading in the right direction. Whether Elias is around to reap the rewards of his efforts might be a different story.

SEPTEMBER: 61-101 last worst in MLB, another #1 pick
Call Ups: Brought up INF Grenier, SP Ortiz
9/8 CLE Galloway OFS achilles

AUGUST: 54-79 last 2nd worst (TEX 51, MIN 54)
8/24 CHW OF Palka 60 day broken leg
8/18 CHC OF Peralta OFS Torn MCL
8/17 CHW OF Jimenez 60 day fractured arm
8/16 CLE OF Allen 60 day dislocated shoulder

JULY: 41-63 last (TEX 40)

JUNE: 30-50 last

MAY: 20-35 (9-18) last
5/1 ATL Teheran OFS Labrum
5/22 BOS Kimbrel down for 2 months. They are 2gb of NYY at 27-19. They need a CP and an INF so I trade them Luis Sardinas 28-76-B (.287) and CP Yacabonis 30-79-B (0.60 18 K 15 IP 13 SV) for LHRP James Tyler 25-70-C + RP Durbin Feltman 25-75-B + CF Cole Brannen 23-70-B. Solid pickups and not too expensive.
5/23 Bundy out 3 months

APRIL: 11-17 last
4/11 Marco Gonzales out 2 months dislocated shoulder (maybe longer)
DL Hall wins debut 7 IP 1 R 4 K


SI: 77-85 ESPN: 70-92
- The Orioles win the World 2025. Of the top 50 prospects the Orioles have #3, #9, #12, #20, #32, #38, #40 and 4 of them are starting pitchers and the oldest is 23. They have a legit shot to build a dynasty if their fans give Elias the chance to build the roster. They could be a really good team for a long time. This year they have some improvements but they are very young and if everything goes right, they could be about .500 this year.


- Free Agents: The class is pretty strong this year after I let exclusive negotiations lapse to make it interesting. There are three 99 rated players, a 98, 97 and two 92's. The team with the most to lose is the Dodgers with Kershaw and Jansen looking to test the market. The Dodgers lost in the NLDS in '18, lost in the World Series in the '19 and '20 then lost in the NLDS last season. They have a lot of young and talented pitchers so they'll survive if one or both leave. Here's the list:

Kershaw 34-99-A 17-6 2.36 235 K in 221 IP SIGNED W/ TEX
- He is from Texas so maybe going to the Rangers to end his career would be in the cards? He has won all the individual awards but no title. Maybe he wants to go to a winner? We'll see.

Aaron Nola 28-88-B 9-13 4.48 SIGNED W TOR
- Had a bad season but could still get a large deal.

Tyler Anderson 32-87-B 10-11 4.01. SIGNED W/ TOR
- LH helps him and getting out of COL will too.

Mike Clevinger 31-86-B 8-5 3.49 149 K 113 IP SIGNED W/ SEA
- A solid 3-5 starter and looking to leave after being designated last year.

Lance McCullers 28-84-B 12-10 4.83
- Same as Clevinger. Would be 5th rated in HOU staff.

Max Scherzer 37-85-A 10-12 4.15 236 K 199 IP
- Still a K machine and workhorse. Wants a short deal with a winner.

Johnny Cueto 36-82-B 8-11 4.29 138 K 191 IP
- A number 4 or 5 for a contender.

CP Aroldis Chapman 34-92-A 2.56 48 SV 75 K 56 IP LH I think MIA is his spot. SIGN MIA

CP/RP Archie Bradley 29-97-A 37 SV 2.61 51 SV in 2020 SIGNED W/ DET
- Looking for a long term deal away from AZ. The D-backs have won 70, 68,68, 69 in the last 4 years. Maybe if they sign him and the Dodgers lose some guys it will be their time? They are out from the Grienke contract so maybe they have the cash to go after some guys. Interesting.

CP/RP Kenley Jansen 34-98-A 43 SV 2.44
- Still dominant and would likely end up with the Yankees, Cubs or somewhere like that but could be a big boost to an up and coming team.

CP Wade Davis 36-89-A 50 SV 1.98 still dominant.

CP Felipe Vazquez 30-89-A 34 SV 2.36 Has been great but burried in PIT

CP Blake Treined 33-89-A 48 SV 3.52

CP/RP Raisel Iglesias 32-85-B 2.25 5-0 (45,51,42 SV before set up in '21)

Brian Flynn 31-87-B 2.57 LH SIGNED W/ BOS

Chris Devenski 31-86-B 4-6 3.19 (his highest ERA in years)

Pedro Strop 36-85-B 2.62 Had 59 SV in '18 so could close.

Zach Britton 34-85-A 33 SV 3.79 49 K 40 IP LH

Posey 35-92-A .339 13 HR SIGNED W/ ATL 1 yr

Ramos 34-84-B .307 26 HR 91 RBI

Freddie Freeman 32-87-B .284 31 HR Lost NLCS back to back years. Probably re-signs.

Brandon Belt 33-78-C .313 25 HR 75 RBI SFG rebuilding.

Wong 31-84-B .280 16 HR

Sano 28-88-B 25 HR .259

Kyle Seager 34-85-B .258 35 HR SIGNED W/ LAD

SS Trevor Story 29-99-A .294 43 HR 102 RBI SIGNED WITH DET 5 yrs $155M
-He is also from Texas so maybe a big splash would be getting both? The Rockies have been over .500 just once and haven't made the playoffs in his career. They've got Arenado signed for 3 years and Blackmon for 3 years. Maybe money is a little tight.

Addison Russell 28-83-A .286 18 HR 84 RBI first good offensive season. 92 glove. Won 2 WS with CHC. They might need money to re-sign Bryant, Contreras, Alzolay etc

LF Christian Yelich 30-99-A .300 37 HR 98 RBI SIGNED W/ SFG
- The Brewers fell back to the pack the last two seasons. They haven't won a playoff series in decades. Yelich is looking to land a large deal somewhere else.

RF Soler 30-85-A .282 27 HR 86 RBI Been consistent for 4 years. Finally got over .500 so KC is looking to keep their guys. SIGNED W/ MIN

- Exclusive FA: SP Dylan Bundy 29-80-B 10-14 3.79 192 K 187 IP in '21.
Offered 5 years $41M

- Retired - SP Andrew Faulkner 29-68-C 2-17, 5.67
Markakis HOF .290 2,555 193 hr 1052 RBI
Category: Franchises, Orioles
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Posted on March 13, 2019 at 11:55 AM.
AAA 72-68 2nd
1B Montanez .291
SS Grenier .265 15hr
LF Nieto 18 hr
C Collins 24hr
SP Saucedo 11-5 2.14
SP Rucker 8-3 2.44
SP Wood 3.27
RP Meisinger 2.95
RP Hart 3.33
RP Hersh
RP Fry 3.51

AA 82-58 1st
LF Vargas .299 14 hr
SS Carmona .278 14 hr
Kovalenko .276 12 hr
LF Traylor .263 17 hr
RF Rodriguez 18 hr
RP Burrows 2.08
SP Grodriguez 13-4 2.57
SP Estrada 13-4 2.60
RP Alvarez 2.75 76k 68 ip
SP Hall 11-6 2.95
SP Rogers 3.59
CP Catnik 30 SV 3.73
Category: Orioles, Franchises
Posted on March 13, 2019 at 11:02 AM.
Who's in the hunt:
NYY - 72-40 1st 12gm lead. NEED:

TB 60-52 12gb WC 2gb NEED: OF SP

BOS 56-53 WC 4.5 gb

TOR 55-55 WC 6gb NEED: SP RP

CLE 64-46 1st 3gm NEED: OF

KC 60-48 3gb WC 2nd 2.5gb NEED

CHW 58-51 5.5gb WC 2.5gb NEED: 3B or backup INF

OAK 64-47 1st 0.5gm NEED: SP

HOU 63-47 0.5gb WC 1st 2.5gm

ATL 65-44 8gm NEED: Folty OFS (2.63) RP

WAS 57-52 8gb WC 2nd tied, 9 gb NEED: SS LHRP

NYM 58-54 8.5gb wC 0.5 gb NEED: log jam at 1B, ALonso 26-75-A in AAA .280 12hr
Smith 25-79-A MLB .238 14hr Cano MLB .252 5 hr $25M 2yr

CHC 72-38 6gm

CIN 66-44 6gb WC 1st 9 gm NEED: OF

STL 58-55 15.5gb WC 1gb NEED: OF SP (LH)

LAD 62-49 4gm NEED: backup INF

SDP 57-52 4gb WC tied 2nd

COL 55-56 7gb WC 3gb


SFG Bumgarner 31-93-A 9-2 2.80 144 K 138 IP $25M 4yr
DET Fulmer 28-93-A 13-8 2.38 115K 159 IP $5.4 2yr
PHI Leake 33-75-C 5-0 3.88 $4.5 1yr left
MIA Bridwell 29-80-B 6-9 3.11 $1.5 final
PIT Taillon 29-84-A 10-7 3.36 133 K 134 IP $11.6 final
PIT Salazar 31-88-B 8-8 3.91 131 K 126 IP $13 2yr
PIT Kingham 29-78-A 5-3 3.01 99 K 104 IP $920 K final

PHI Hunter 34-79-C 2.60
MIL Jeffress 33-77-C 2.66 82K 84IP
SFG Law 30-85-B 2.64
BAL LHRP Hart 30-76-B (AAA) 2.76
MIN Garner 32-72-C 2.65 35K 34IP
LAA LRP Britton 33-89-A 2.10 30K 25IP
SEA Swarzak 35-82-C 2.79 (9 IP)
SEA LHRP Elias 32-72-D 2.16 (8 IP)
TEX Bush 35-74-C 2.59

PIT LH Vazquez 29-90-A 1.42 25K 25IP 23 SV
SEA Givens 30-81-B 2.63 47 K 41 IP 34 SV
SFG Strickland 32-74-C 3.12
TEX Barraclough 30-77-C 3.48
BAL Yacabonis 29-75-B 3.55 46K 33IP 25 SV
MIN Hildenberger 30-79-B 3.83
LAA Parker 4.76

MIA Yan Gomes

PIT 3B/2B/SS Kang 33-79-B .259 16 HR
SFG 1B Belt 32-78-C .308 16 HR
BAL 1B/2B/3B Joseph 32-70-C .263 8 HR
SEA 3B/1B Seager .246 25 HR 73 RBI

LAA Blash .271 14 HR
MIL Grossman 32-71-C .310 8 HR
MIL Cain 34-88-B .249 15 HR

ATL RP Swarzak SEA 2B Derian Cruz 22-66-C

CIN RF Blash LAA LF Saul Eddy 22-65-C

CLE RF Grossman MIL SP Acevedo 21-64-B

OAK SP Kingham + 3B Kang PIT LF Armenteros + CF Murray + SP Burns
Category: Franchises, Orioles
Posted on March 13, 2019 at 08:36 AM.
- July 31, 2022
I sent down Keegan Akin who was struggling and brought up RP Durbin Feltman 25-72-B who was dominating at AAA. This meant I needed someone in the rotation. I put Miguel Castro in the rotation and pitched with him on the 31st. He was 7-1 with a 4+ ERA. He has a 64 stamina but after the game I bumped that up to 70 and he is now 27-70-C after being 68-C. His second career start went well. He lasted 6 innings allowing just 3 hits and 1 run with 0 walks (quick counts) and 7 K. He has a chance to stay in the rotation while we bridge the gap for our young guys.

- July 1, 2021
I am looking to deal Hunter Harvey. He is 26-71-A 4-10 5.11 67 K 86 IP. He has potential and perhaps a team will want to take a chance on him. I'm looking for a small deal, most likely won't be a contender.

Post Season:

Should the Orioles move on from Elias?
The Orioles have one of if not the top farm system in the game and that is thanks to Elias. However, the product on the field has yet to bring in any fans, any money or any enthusiasm for the future. The fans want to see some improvement. The Front Office is getting restless. I’m told they are looking to make a change soon. It could be some time soon during this off season.


7/2 Rucker 7 shutout innings, then out for 2 months

JUNE: 30-50 last 22.5gb worst in MLB

DRAFT: We have the 4th pick. Top players available are…
2B Jonathan Myers,
SP Ferraoile

We decide to go with 2B/SS Jonathan Myers 22-65-80 2024, He has a potential for 8- contact with decent speed. He is going to be in the running for our SS. I decide to go with him over SP Michael Ferraiole 18-65-80 2025. He is a good looking prospect from Michigan but we go with Myers. SP Jonathan Hersh is on our radar. Hersh goes to the Cubs at the end of copetitive balance round A.

2nd: LHSP Craig Blair 22-65-80 2023

3rd: SS Manny Calderon 19-70-80 2023 high fielding and power potential with great speed

4th: CP Miguel Lopez 23-70-80 2023

5th: LF Sean Wooten 60-80 2025 high contact

6th: Garrett Traylor 60-80 2026+ defense

RECAP: A The Orioles had one of if not the best draft of any team. They got a 67-94 middle infielder in Myers who can hit in the majors right now. His glove is awful so with his high speed he could be the starter CF next season. Next, they got a 59-85-B LH starter in Blair. With some success early he could climb up the boards. While Myers will likely switch to the OF SS Calderon is a 67-83-B but most is rated on his speed and arm. He could be a slick fielder at 2nd or SS but his bat will likely need to develop. A sleeper in the draft was CP Miguel Lopez 23-75-89. He is just a short low A ball stint away from being in the top 50. LF Sean Wooten is 21-60-85 and shile he is slower, he runs the bases well and can hit. He will likely develp well.

MAY: 22-33 last 11 gb

I decided to bring up Rucker when Bundy went down, I was about to bring up Grayson Rodriguez but he tore a finger ligament and is out for 2 months.

Rucker was drafted in the 6th round of 2019 draft

The off season got started with a frenzy. I decided to not offer contracts to Trout, deGroom, and Syndergaard. The Mets might end up with one of these guys back but I really want to boost the bad clubs up while also finding a legit landing spot for some of the game’s top talent.

I started with Trout. I did a poll. I posted in the Franchise thread. I ran a few sims with all the possible teams, 3 at a time. The teams were:

Baltimore: We are an AL team so his latter years could be as a DH. We are East Coast so he could be close to his home of New Jersey. We are young and talented. We don’t have any big contracts so our budget is ample. However, I just couldn’t see myself making this move. This was probably the hardest free agent decision I had to make when it comes to rebuilding a franchise. I could legit make a case for him coming to us. In the end I didn’t want to jump start my franchise that way.

Detroit: They had a legit chance. They need a CF. They have deep pockets. The division is up for grabs annually with the inevitable decline of Cleveland. At the end of the day he just didn’t want to set up roots in the cold of Detroit. They came close, finishing second. They do have a nice nucleus that will carry them through.

San Diego: A West Coast town that was the surprise winner of the Machado sweepstakes IRL, they had a legit shot especially if on a 5 year deal. They are loaded with talent and that, perhaps, was their demise. They have 5 talented young OF and some are in the majors already. They came very close.

Philadelphia: The Phillies have Machado and a solid group of OF. They were willing to pay the price tag. However, I just felt like the Phils were good enough already and couldn’t see them having Machado and Trout at the same time even if for only 2 years. I wanted him to transform a team, not just help an already good one.

Toronto: The Jays have the best young talent in the American League. Trout certainly would have fit in the scheme, however, the AstroTurf, the taxes, the fact that the AL East is loaded and the Jays are a few years away meant they finished at the bottom of his list.

Miami: The lack of state taxes, the talented young roster, the sun, etc fit into his plans. However, Trout wants to win and Miami is not nearly close enough to promise they’ll compete for any of the years of his deal.

San Francisco: They needed him but they weren’t willing to pony up the money. WIth Cueto, Bumgarner and Posey still on the books, they need to save a few bucks to complete their rebuild. They are going to be going at it a different way for a year or two.

Angels: They gave him some great years. More like he gave THEM great years. What does he have to show for it? Some MVPs but no post season series wins. The Angels are tying thier money into Ohtani and the next generation of players. Their farm system is pretty weak right now and so is their future.

Oakland: In the end, the A’s won out. They went on a recruiting blitz for Trout full of a breakdown of what the roster will look like for the next 5 years. Coincidentally, they offered him a 5 year contract which they said was “allowing” him the chance to have options at 34 on a final contract rather than be locked in to a deal where both sides weren’t happy. The A’s have the money (new ballpark), the young talent, and they are in the AL West which could be open. The next year to 3 should be a fight with only the Astros to see who can claim the division. Rumor is they are in the mix for a big name pitcher as well. IF they can make a few playoff runs they might be able to sign Trout after the 5 years. All signs point to him having no shortage of suitors.

I really wanted to make sure the top free agents helped a “little guy” and not just pile on with a big boy. The Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Cubs are going to compete for the next several years. I just wanted to make sure the little teams are represented and can flip the script while still being realistic.
Category: Franchises, Orioles
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Posted on March 12, 2019 at 08:26 PM.
We have the first pick again. The top prospects are:

C Alfonso Caruso 21-55-80 2025+ MIN #7
SP Howie McDougall 18-65-80 2023 - MIA #2
RP Houston Ruiz 18-55-80 2025+ - ARI #5
2B Ian Landers 20-60-80 2025+ - WAS #9
C Robert Fink 18-55-80 2025+ - KC #3
SP Johnnie Rowell 21-55-80 2025+ - TOR #6
RF Diego Alfonzo 20-60-80 2025+ SD #10
C Prince Ortiz 19-65-80 2025+ DET #8
SP Lew Nathan 20-55-80 2025+ TEX #4
2b Jaime Anaya 21-65-80 2022 #1

1st Round:
While McDougall is a intriguing, I have several SP in the minors. I go with 2B Anaya. I need help at 2B.

Competitive Balance Round A (2nd Pick):
#7 With several 80 potential left I decide to go with RHRP Miguel Borbon 22-70-80 2022
He has 80 break, velo, K and HR potential. With a 65 stamina potential he is a candidate to start if he is effective.

2nd Round:
With a few options out there we decide to go with LF Garrett Spahn 21-65-75 2022
He has a 70/80 contact potential, 80 fielding, 80 reaction.

3rd Round:
1B Steven Rios 22-80-80 2022 A LH bat and glove with 80's across the board with fld, con, pwr, vision, reaction.

4th Round:
SP Sam Mercado 21-75-80 2022 80 Stam, HR, BB.9, Brk, Cntrl.

5th Round:
RP Manuel Escobar 23-80-75 2022 A RHRP with decent stats, 80 control, velo, brk, hr, bb, h

Anaya is really good 70-91-A, but they reached with Rios, Escobar and maybe even Spahn.
If they are missing some pieces in the next few years, this draft could be the one they regret the most.
Category: Franchises, Orioles
Posted on March 12, 2019 at 01:37 PM.
CUBS over Yanks in 6. Happ walk off in 10th.

SEPTEMBER: 61-101 (9-15) last 42gb 4th worst overall

AUGUST: 50-86 (11-16)

JULY: 41-70 (9-16) last 31gb tied 3rd worst

JUNE: 32-54 (13-15) last 23 gb tied for 3rd worst in MLB (MIN, LAA, MIA)

MAY: 19-39 (9-18) last

APRIL: 10-21 last, 10.5 gb

SEASON PREVIEW: SI = 70-92 ESPN = 68-94 Baseball Weekly = 77-85
Scout's Take: "They have talented pitchers but they are all 3-5 starters. They have a few hitters but they are young and figuring things out. Best case is all pitchers stay healthy and have career years, their prospects develop and they have a few .300 25 home run guys. Then, they could break .500."

Key Additions: SP Tyler Danish 26-68-B
Key Loses: none
Category: Franchises, Orioles
Posted on March 12, 2019 at 11:27 AM.
Baltimore Orioles Depth Chart - 2021
  • Catcher
  • Chance Sisco 26-83-A
  • Jed Snowden 24-80-B
  • First Base
  • Corban Joseph 32-74-C
  • Joey Curletta 27-69-C
  • Second Base
  • Isiah Kiner Falefa 26-73-C
  • Third Base
  • Renato Nunez 26-79-B
  • Shortstop
  • Tzu-Wei Lin 27-75-B
  • Luis Sardinas 27-75-C
  • Left Field
  • Anthony Santander 26-75-B
  • Center Field
  • Cedric Mullins 26-79-B
  • Jaycob Brugman 29-76-B
  • Right Field
  • Yusniel Diaz 24-80-A
  • Starting Pitcher
  • Dylan Bundy 28-79-B
  • Marco Gonzalez 29-79-C
  • Gabriel Ynoa 27-74-B
  • Tyler Danish 26-73-B
  • Keegan Akin 25-72-C
  • Hunter Harvey 26-71-A
  • Relief Pitcher
  • Sam Tuivailala 28-79-C
  • Evan Phillips 26-79-C
  • Caleb Ferguson 24-77-B
  • Tanner Scott 26-74-B
  • Miguel Castro 26-69-B
  • Closer
  • Henry Nunez 24-74-A
  • Jimmy Yacabonis 29-73-B
Category: Franchises, Orioles
Posted on March 12, 2019 at 10:14 AM.
Rule 5 Draft:

SP Tyler Danish 26-68-B He was in the White Sox organization. He isn't going to be a star but we could get a solid pitcher without having to bring up a prospect.
Category: Franchises, Orioles
Posted on March 12, 2019 at 08:53 AM.
Jacob deGrom 32-96-A went 14-10 2.90 230 K 208 IP is on the market. He is the top pitcher and top player available after Trout signed with the A's. He is one of the top 5 pitchers in the game, maybe number 2 behind Kershaw.

The top candidates are the Mariners and the Padres. San Diego missed out on Machado, Harper, Trout and everyone else that they've been in on. They are perpetually on the "up and coming" teams list come every spring. However, they haven't been able to get over the hill. deGrom would be the key to getting them over the hump. They've won 84, 70 and 77 games in the last 3 years. They need him.

Seattle has 83, 84, and 90 wins the last three years and lost in the Wild Card game last year. However, gone are Leake (19 wins) and King Felix (12 wins 3.60 ERA) so they need an Ace.

deGrom decides to go with Seattle. San Diego has offered Arrieta and a few other options.
Category: Franchises, Orioles
Friday, March 8, 2019
Posted on March 8, 2019 at 10:25 AM.
November 7th, 2020

The Oakland A's today made the biggest splash of the off season by signing Mike Trout 29-99-A to a 5 year $155M deal. President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane said, "We wanted to show our fans that when they enter the gates of this new ball park they are going to see exciting baseball. That starts with a guy a like Mike."

"Mike" is the best player in the game. The multiple MVP award winner was excited to join the A's and stay on the west coast. "It's a great area that my family really enjoys. We were glad to get the deal done early and be able to spend the Holidays in our new home. We really enjoy the west coast and we are excited for the future both on and off the field."

Beane did note that had Trout wanted a few extra years on his deal it might not have been possible. "With a 5 year deal you eliminate the overreactions from media and fans about how a player isn't performing when a deal is back loaded. While his contract will be worth more at the end than at the beginning, we feel he will still be in his prime years after the 5th season and we'll see what happens then."

The short term contract (for baseball contracts these days) allows Trout options when he is 34 and still (hopefully) a good player. It also allows the A's to deal him if things don't work out.

The A's have made the biggest splash and with the Red Sox signing Betts back the next domino to fall off the free agent market is SP Jacob deGrom.
Category: Franchises, Orioles
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Posted on March 5, 2019 at 09:25 AM.
Year 4 of the Elias regime and we are not in a place to purchase many free agents.

- Players who will become free agents after exclusive negotiations:

CF Trout 29-99-A
3B Cozart 35-83-B
SP Gray 31-81-B
C Castillo 33-85-B
C Sucre 32-80-B
SP Stroman 29-82-B
CP Giles 30-81-B
SP Sanchez 28-77-B
SP Salazar 31-86-B
1B Santana 34-83-B
LF Reddick 34-80-C
SP Felix Hernandez 34-86-B
SP Leake 33-84-C won 19 games
2B Dee Gordon 32-82-B
SP Verlander 38-80-A
RP Rondon 33-83-B
1B Morales 37-82-A
2B Kipnis 33-81-C
Sp Anderson 33-79-B
3B Donaldson 35-77-B
1B Zimmermann 36-80-B
SP DeGrom 32-94-A
Rp Familia 31-84-B
2B Spangenberg 30-80-C
LF Cecpedes 35-78-A
SP Arrieta 35-90-B
CF McCutchen 34-86-B
CP Morrow 36-84-B
OF Matt Kemp 36-84-A
1B Neil Walker 35-80-C
C Cervelli 35-85-B
RP Kela 27-81-B
RP Cecil 34-82-B
CP Davis 35-91-A
RP McGee 34-81-C
Rp Kelly 32-80-C
Rp Baez 33-78-C
SP Gausman 30-87-C
SP Samardzija 36-78-B

- I decided to take control of exclusive negotiations. This means I can decide who brings back who and who becomes a free agent. I will likely turn this back to auto later in the off season.
- Exercised options on C Posey, CP Jansen + CP Chapman

BAL - none

HOU - Cole Hamels 168-127 2,619 K 3.45 ERA

LAD - Joc Pederson 28-75-B Broken Ankle
Category: Franchises, Orioles
Monday, March 4, 2019
Posted on March 4, 2019 at 02:47 PM.
AAA 73-67 1st
C Snoden .307 17 HR 65 RBI
LF Jimenez .282 11 HR 62 RBI
SS Grenier .264 14 HR
LF Taylor .261
CF Hays .256 12 HR

SP Saucedo 1.40
RP Hart 1.62
SP Akin 10-3 2.10
CP Nunez 41 SV 2.47
RP Hersh 2.70
RP Araujo 2.79
RP Meisinger 3.19
RP Rodriguez 3.46
RP Ferguson 3.61

AA 77-63 1st
Montanez .324
LF Vargas .315 11 HR
C Nottingham .271 15 HR 67 RBI
LF Neito .263 23 HR 98 RBI
SS Carmona .259 15 HR

RP Alvarez 0.97
RP BUrrows 2.22
SP Wood 11-7 2.83
SP Rucker 11-7 2.97
RP Pop 3.10
SP Estrada 7-6 3.10
SP Rodriguez 12-11 3.40
SP Cervantes 6-4 3.46
CP Catnik 38 SV 3.58 60 K 50 IP
SP Ortiz 11-6 3.67
RP Elez 3.86
Category: Franchises, Orioles

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