Baltimore is doing the right thing by rebuilding

February 11, 2008 at 10:46 am 9 comments

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The Baltimore Orioles have been pretenders since they last had a record above .500 (96-66) in 1997. The front office has made some awful signings and have had poor player development. With Andy McPhail at the helm now the O’s are doing what they should’ve done back in 2000: rebuild.

The 2008 Baltimore Orioles may very well end up with not only the worst record in the AL this season but the worst record in all of baseball. They have traded All-Stars Miguel Tejada and Erik Bedard, thier two best performers. Brian Roberts looks to be headed out the door soon, and we could see (and should see) Melvin Mora, Jay Payton, Aubrey Huff, and Kevin Millar come up in trade talks with contenders in June or July. The O’s have no chance of competing with the Red Sox, Yanks, and Blue Jays, and now the emerging Rays.

The trades they made this offseason brought them potential superstar centerfielder Adam Jones, potential top of the rotation starter Chris Tillman, three potential big league starters: Matt Albers, Troy Patton, and Tony Butler, and cheap bullpen arms (something their not used too) in George Sherrill (potential closer), Kameron Mickolio, and Dennis Sarfate. They also got a DH/3B/1B in Mike Costanzo and a cheap corner outfielder in Luke Scott that can destroy RHP.

The potential trade of Brian Roberts to the Cubs will bring back a package of 3-4 players surrounded by starting pitcher Sean Gallagher.

The O’s have a solid foundation in star rightfielder Nick Markakis to build this struggling franchise around. Adam Jones is a superstar in the making. Jeremy Guthrie emerged as a legit starter last year. And the farm system is the best it’s been in year and they have the 4th pick in the upcoming draft and they could have a potential big bat corner infielder in Justin Smoak (Mark Texiera with less power) or Pedro Alvarez, a top college starter in Aaron Crow or Brian Matusz, the top high school pitcher in Tim Melville, or, if they get lucky, the best prospect in the draft: high school SS Tim Beckham.

The O’s could out a team on the field in 2011 that looks like this:

C – Matt Wieters
1B – Brandon Snyder (or Justin Smoak if drafted)
2B – Free Agent
3B – Bill Rowell
SS – Free Agent
LF – Nolan Reimold
CF – Adam Jones
RF – Nick Markakis
DH – Mike Constanzo

SP – Jeremy Guthrie
SP – Chris Tillman
SP – Troy Patton
SP – Sean Gallagher
SP – Jake Arrietta
SP – Radhames Liz

And a ton of money to spend on free agents for middle infield and the rotation (some of those guys might end up in the pen). That outfield will be one of the best in the entire majors, bank on it!

The Orioles are headed in the right direction and it’s about time.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Denver Browns Baseball  |  February 11, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    I am originally for Baltimore and grew up watching them play…This is a quality franchise who has been the laughing stock of baseball since the late 90’s..It’s time for change and I love seeing the youth step up and make an impact…No more washed up veterans..Lets do this, so until then I have my beloved Rockies here in Denver…

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  February 11, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    I can’t say I wouldn’t have given up on them too. They have had money but they have spent it poorly and they have drafted and developed poorly. Not a good combo. Now you have the Rox but you can root for the O’s now knowing they are headed in the right direction.

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  • 3. Meghan  |  February 11, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    THANK YOU for this article! All of the true fans have been calling for this rebuild for years, and although I am sad that it didn’t start earlier so that Bedard could have potentially been in our “core” of developed players, I am glad that my team will be fun to watch for the next few years, and competitive shorty after that. I hope the rest of the baseball world appreciates the efforts we are making! GO O’s!

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  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  February 11, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    You are very welcome! I am glad true O’s fans aren’t upset by the rebuilding and glad to hear ya’ll have been upset about the poor, expensive teams they have been putting out.

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  • 5. Aaron Boynton  |  February 12, 2008 at 8:55 am

    I still think Angelos is a terrible owner who really doesn’t care how his baseball team performs as long as he makes money.

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  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  February 12, 2008 at 9:03 am

    I agree with Angelos being a terrible owner but I do think he wants to win. more wins = more money

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  • 7. Danno  |  February 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    I’m trying to recall, but I think I remember a team many years ago, when he nixed a trade from going through, and the media credited him with winning the pennant as a result, because the player who was to be traded had an awesome second half and helped them win the division. I think by that happening, it convinced Angelos that he could do it and be successful with every trade he killed.

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  • 8. Jeff Pearson  |  February 20, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    I agree that The O’s are headed in the right direction but let’s be honest, a lot of the players they are banking on don’t have big league experience. Even if they’ve been in games, they haven’t endure a 162 game season. Not to mention, those seasons seem twice as long when you only win 50 games. They could be good but I’d bring this article back up in 2010 to see where they stand.

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  • 9. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  February 20, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    I agree. I meant it as a future thing, meaning that they are basically killing the next 2-3 years in favor of the future. I think it is the right way to go with the big spenders and the emerginf Rays in that division.

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