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LanceR
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LanceR
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Kline's role/ceiling isn't surprising because that's what it was when he was drafted. Still not too satisfied with taking him in the second round, 65th overall, in 2012.

Aug 21, 2014 6:58 PM on August 21, 2014
 
LanceR
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Great work, as always Tuck. What about my boy Glynn Davis. He's got an 80 grade hit tool, right...right? =(

Jul 25, 2014 6:33 PM on July 24, 2014
 
LanceR
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And just when I was finally forgetting about the existence of Brian Roberts as anything viable on the Orioles roster. The unfortunate thing is that if he's healthy he's going to get an opportunity at second base. The cold hard truth is that he's no longer a player worth starting and should serve a bench role. Too bad his contract dictates that he gets some serious looks as the O's starting second baseman this season.

Jan 30, 2013 7:18 AM on The Sunk Costs of 2013
 
LanceR
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Yeah, they will likely take a small ding in 2013 after trading Shields and Davis but they are going to be set up nicely from 2014 through a good four or five seasons after that (if the trade works out the way they hope).

 
LanceR
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I think it's the Rangers and Brewers that suffer the most from their inactivity. The Cardinals are the Cardinals and like you said, just don't have many holes to fill. Many felt they wouldn't even make the playoffs without Pujols and we saw how that worked out for them. I expect them to be back in it again. The Orioles, while I don't expect them to suddenly lose 90 games, it'll be tough for them to repeat last season. But, they do have their core intact and a full season of better than league average defense and a pitching staff that should be consistently decent may be enough to win 85 or 86 games.

 
LanceR
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Always enjoy your work Maury. I could definitely see the Yankees dialing it up again in 2015, no doubt about that. The Dodgers seem to be taking it to a whole new level though. This penalty was designed with the thought that it would make things a bit more fair for the lower revenue clubs, but do you think it will do anything to address the way players values on the open market can be artificially inflated by teams like the Dodgers, Angels, and Yankees when they drastically overpay? Lower tier talent is getting more money than they otherwise would have in years past - at least that's my observation this off-season so far. What are your thoughts on that?

 
LanceR
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I'm not sure how I feel about the Orioles pick of McFarland. A part of me thinks he could continue to develop well in the O's bullpen this season - Buck does a great job of managing the bullpen and the guys in it. But another part of me thinks they had an opportunity to take a chance on a position player/prospect that could help at a corner infield or outfield spot. Do you think the McFarland pick means the O's are determined to trade an arm or two to pick up that bat? I know they're interested in Mike Morse and the Nationals need a lefty reliever (Troy Patton or Brian Matusz maybe)..

 
LanceR
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I really hope that Saunders can do in tonight's game what he did in Texas - but with that super short porch in right-field I'm less confident. Although, if there's one thing we've all learned about the O's this season it's that you can never count them out. Going with their relievers for the bulk of the game would be a great strategy if it was game five and we were facing Sabathia - and of course if Hammel were available for tonight's game. Then again, tonight's game could see the O's relievers come in as early as the third or fourth inning depending on how short of a leash Showalter puts on Saunders.

 
LanceR
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The interesting thing about Miguel Gonzalez is that he wasn't supposed to be this good, was he? Now he's starting to look like he could potentially remain this good, even though his 'stuff' isn't as nasty as you would expect from someone putting up the numbers he has this year.