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I've gotta agree with you Joe.  The O's clearly need to improve their rotation if they have any hope of staying at or near the top of the AL East.  The problem with this is that their farm system is already so thin and they don't want to mortgage the future for this year.  Baltimore could pickup Oswalt for only money, not having to part with prospects to do so.

 

Still not convinced Oswalt wants to come to Baltimore, but I can definitely see why the Birds would be interested in him.

2 years, 3 months ago on Baltimore Orioles should pursue Roy Oswalt

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 @Double Down It would be neat to see that gun in operation again.  Sounds like he has a real shot at being a regular in the Blue Jays lineup this season.

2 years, 3 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Nearing Minor League Rehab Stint

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 @AndrewDenny Thanks Andrew!  Agree that no one is safe on a team such as the Cubs, especially if they are blown away.  You never know what happens, but it sounds like Theo wouldn't mind keeping Garza around for the long haul.

2 years, 3 months ago on Cubs Rumors: Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza and Bryan LaHair

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 @MCBjohnverburg Agreed, and I don't think it's worth moving someone like Machado to attempt to contend this season with the way their club is currently constructed.

2 years, 3 months ago on Orioles Rumors: Baltimore Actively Seeking Upgrades

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 @Double Down Haven't heard about him working out at first base yet, but it could make sense.  It does look like the Dbacks believe Vlad could be a part-time option for the outfield, though.

2 years, 4 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Rumors: Diamondbacks to Work Out Vlad

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That lineup is looking pretty solid, especially if Morales can stay healthy and Trumbo can handle the hot corner.  We already know what their pitching can do, so the race for the AL West crown should be fun to watch this season.

2 years, 6 months ago on 2012 MLB Season Preview: Los Angeles Angels

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 @The5_5Hole So you don't think a trade will be necessary? I wasn't sure if Hundley's limited playing time had to do with injuries or ineffectiveness before last season.

2 years, 6 months ago on Nick Hundley Extended by San Diego Padres

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 @AgainstKyle I'd give him $100 to play catch with me for a season.

2 years, 6 months ago on Zack Greinke Going Agent Shopping

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 @BrianWinter It will be interesting to see if the Cubs are willing to deal Garza for a package centered around a top young arm such as Turner.  It was never clear if Detroit ever really put him on the table this offseason.

2 years, 6 months ago on Matt Garza, Chicago Cubs Discussing Extension

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@baseballhitting Couldn't help it. Hopefully you never have to see it again (until Derek Lowe retires).

2 years, 6 months ago on Jason Varitek to Announce Retirement

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“how much weight that fat kid has lost since filming,” turning around to add, “I mean, seriously, have you seen him lately? Unbelievable.”

 

It's comments such as these that almost have me missing Joe.

2 years, 6 months ago on Moneyball Shut Out at Oscars, Joe Morgan Pleased

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It's amazing to read over that list of injuries.  So unfortunate for a guy that's still only 27.  Because of his age and the prospect of another incentive laden deal, I've got to believe that Zumaya will give baseball another go.  Whatever his decision, I agree with you, he needs to be content with it.

2 years, 6 months ago on Joel Zumaya Has A Tough Decision To Make

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 @mickey_baseball Yeah family definitely seems to be a priority, not greed.  I can't blame the guy but I also can't blame potential suitors for taking Oswalt's decision into consideration.

2 years, 6 months ago on Roy Oswalt Rumors: Teams Questioning Oswalt's Desire to Pitch

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Great piece Doug.  Zimmerman has always seemed like a first-class guy.  Hopefully he can remain healthy over the life of the deal, he's a lot of fun to watch when he's on the field.

2 years, 6 months ago on Ryan Zimmerman Extension Brings Stability, Value to Nationals

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This is one of my favorite things.

2 years, 6 months ago on Don Zimmer: Man, Ballplayer, Nightmare-Inducing Plaything for Children

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I'll say the Red Sox have a better shot at making the playoffs this season, but it's a tough choice.  Realistically I could see both clubs missing the postseason.  The NL East has gotten competitive in a hurry and the AL Beast is always a slug fest.

2 years, 6 months ago on A Tale Of Two Collapses

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It's certainly hard to argue the logic of incentive-laden contracts.  It will be interesting to see what type of production the Yankees are able to get out of these guys.

2 years, 6 months ago on New York Yankees roster enhanced by role playing veterans

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Another low-cost potentially high-reward move for the Yankees, can't really argue with it.

2 years, 7 months ago on New York Yankees sign David Aardsma Analysis

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@The5_5Hole Sounds like that should get wrapped up soon as well.

2 years, 7 months ago on Theo Epstein Compensation Resolved; Red Sox Receive Chris Carpenter, PTBNL

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@The5_5Hole I agree. It's easy to say stop doing something or even that you will, but once you are in a bang-bang play-at-the-plate competitive instincts will take over.

2 years, 7 months ago on Buster Posey Gets Back On The Field; Told Not To Block Plate

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While it does sound minor, the news must have Giants fans at least a little worried after last seasons's unlucky injury stretch. Hope he's alright, he was indeed one of 2011's best stories.

2 years, 7 months ago on Ryan Vogelsong Injury Raises Concerns

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@MichaelSolimine It would have been interesting to see Abreu back in pinstripes. He's a lefty which they're looking for and he still gets on base at an above average clip. Too bad Burnett nixed the deal, I guess he had to get in one more parting shot before leaving the Bronx.

2 years, 7 months ago on Yankees Rumors: New York "Negotiating Exclusively" with Raul Ibanez

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@MikeSmith2 That OBP is pretty ugly. Would you rather they target Damon, Guerrero or Matsui or go in-house to fill the DH role?

2 years, 7 months ago on Yankees Rumors: New York "Negotiating Exclusively" with Raul Ibanez

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It was pretty amazing to me how quickly Twins fans seemed to turn on Mauer. Not sure if this was just perception portrayed by media, but that's what came across to me. Maybe it was directed more at the Twins for how they handled the situation rather than Mauer himself, but he's certainly got something to prove this spring.

2 years, 7 months ago on Buster Posey and Joe Mauer, Two Very Different Comebacks

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While it's never good to lose someone at the relatively young age of 57, it's great to hear all the stories related to Carter as people remember the Hall of Famer. Great job Tim!

2 years, 7 months ago on Gary Carter Was Can't Miss Kid

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I always liked Gonzo.. before he put on an Orioles jersey. Now I just cringe thinking of Opening day 2010. I agree with you Joe that he should be used in a role other than closer.

2 years, 7 months ago on The Market for Mike Gonzalez

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I've always been a big Tito Francona supporter, but I can understand that things had to change following the end of the 2011 season. It's hard to say the Red Sox will be better off without Francona and Epstein, but I do think they can still be successful moving forward.

2 years, 7 months ago on Bobby V. Is Changing How The Sox Do Things In Beantown

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As a fan I'd like to see them eventually lock him up long term, but I can understand their hesitancy at this point. If the young pitching can't take a step forward in 2012, it's hard to say what direction this team really has. Though they're seemingly always rebuilding, I could understand the club looking to get as much as it can for Jones if the O's young talent remains stagnant. Hopefully this isn’t an issue and the youngsters show signs of improvement in 2012. In that case the O’s definitely have to lock up Jonesy IMO.

2 years, 7 months ago on Should the Baltimore Orioles give Adam Jones an extension?

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@The5_5Hole Haha, I was thinking the same thing. I had to do a double take while writing it. Though I did think to myself that, if it were my contract, I'd rather have that last '5' on there than not.

2 years, 7 months ago on Pirates Notes: Arbitration Updates on Casey McGehee and Garrett Jones - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Looks like an interesting read, thanks for bringing it to my attention Kyle!

2 years, 7 months ago on Book Review: “21” The Story of Roberto Clemente

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@ehsank24 A one-two punch of Hamels and Josh Johnson would be fairly ridiculous.

2 years, 7 months ago on A Look at MLB's Free Agent Class of 2013

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@The5_5Hole Yeah, that will be extremely interesting. I don't get the feeling that he'll hit the open market next offseason, but he should offer an interesting story line this summer.

2 years, 7 months ago on A Look at MLB's Free Agent Class of 2013

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@musicom I agree it's not worth it, especially with his 50-game ban. Some people say it won't hurt anything to give him a minor league contract, but Manny always causes a media circus.

2 years, 7 months ago on Manny Ramirez Rumors: Oakland A's Likely to Sign Manny

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The strikeout rate alone has won me over. I'd love to see Jansen get a shot as the Dodgers finisher.

2 years, 7 months ago on Kenley Jansen is the Dodgers Best Reliever

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@FelskeFiles I've heard similar reports that Madson is expected to hold up better over time given his use of the change up over the power arm of Papelbon. That mixed with the fact that Madson ended up agreeing to a one-year deal makes the signing look that much worse.

2 years, 7 months ago on Why The Phillies Shouldn't Have Signed Jonathan Papelbon

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As an O's fan, I'll be watching closely what Buck can do with this club. But nationally, with Baltimore's expectations so low, I agree that he's not the AL manager facing the hottest seat in 2012.

2 years, 7 months ago on Which Managers Are On The Hot Seat In 2012?

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@adayoff Where are you seeing gray on navy? Are you reading on your phone? Should be black type on a white background.

2 years, 7 months ago on Yankees Rumors: Brian Cashman "Comfortable" with A.J. Burnett

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@Cardinals fan True, though I wasn't trying to say one over the other regarding the Rangers and Cardinals, just reasons why each are currently viewed as the favorites to land Oswalt.

2 years, 7 months ago on Roy Oswalt Rumors: Oswalt Meets with Rangers

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@SorianoJoe Yeah I agree Joe, unfortunately it looks like this is more common than one might think. You have to wonder how many "kids" are doing this that don't even make it out of the minors. What do they have to lose?

2 years, 7 months ago on Fausto Carmona (Roberto Hernandez Heredia) Placed on Indians Restricted List

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@kyle.bright Thanks for the compliment, glad you enjoyed the article.

2 years, 7 months ago on Fausto Carmona (Roberto Hernandez Heredia) Placed on Indians Restricted List

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@SorianoJoe Yeah I agree, especially following last season's performance.

2 years, 8 months ago on 2012 MLB Trade Rumors: Angels, Rays Match up Well

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@JAYRC_MCB Yeah, it seems like they will keep their asking price high, it makes sense at this point.

Do you think there are any other teams in the Central that can really compete with the Tigers in 2012? Or would Detroit more be looking for Garza to help them in their potential playoff run and to compete with the rest of the AL?

2 years, 8 months ago on Matt Garza Rumors: Tigers Join Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays in Hunt for Garza

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@CarlosCollazo that's a good question, and it's why some are saying they could go the thrifty route and bring in another Aceves type pitcher.

2 years, 9 months ago on 2011 MLB Trade Rumors: Red Sox Still Seeking Upgrades

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@MCBjohnverburg agreed. Cincy has to move Alonso for pitching this winter and tampa bay is the obvious fit, especially after moore's extension and considering their offensive needs.

2 years, 9 months ago on 2011 MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees, Rangers and Angels Willing to Deal

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