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December 3, 2011

Some random Orioles/baseball thoughts

I have the sense the Orioles will make more than one move during next week’s winter meetings. I think one will be a trade of some note. And I think Orioles’ fans will be, for the most part, underwhelmed by the moves. I just don’t see a splash in Dallas or at all this winter, for that matter. But I have been wrong plenty of times.

There are still plenty of huge names out there in free agency. It’s going to make for a wild week of speculation. My guess is the Orioles may be tossed in the mix once or twice, but I don’t think they’ll be a focal point of rumors. And many years they are. Trust me, I’ve lost days off my life proving that an Orioles’ winter meetings’ rumor was untrue.

Here’s another prediction: I’m pretty sure at some point I’ll be in a scrum of reporters attempting to hear what agent Scott Boras has to say. And I’m pretty sure you’ll see a picture of that scrum in a newspaper or sports web site at some point during the next week.

The Orioles’ athletic training staff – Richie Bancells and Brian Ebel – have been named the Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year by their peers. It’s funny. Bancells and Ebel have received their share of criticism from fans in the past year or two for the number of injuries the Orioles have endured. That’s sort of like blaming your mechanic when your 10-year-old car blows up. Bancells and Ebel have tireless work ethics and are often heralded by the players. Nice to see them get recognized.

I have been told Chong Tae-Hyun, the South Korean submariner, is still considering the Orioles’ offer as well as a lucrative one from a team in the Korean Baseball Organization. The Orioles’ offer is rumored to be two years and in the $3-plus million range. So the team in the KBO must really want him to stick around Korea.


Posted by Dan Connolly at 6:00 AM | | Comments (4)
        

Comments

Good morning people.

Dan,

I know I am dreamer on this, but I think the O's should look at the BoSox as a potential trade partner - BLOCKBUSTER. They have talent throughouyt their system. I say (in my world of Dream-O's-Land) we should look at this type of proposal:

RF-Markakis
2B-BRob
OF-1B-LScott
P-JGutz
P-KGregg

For

Inf-Jed Lowrie
Of-Ryan Kalish
Of-Bryce Bentz
2b-Sean Coyle
Sp-Anthany Ranaudo
Sp-Matt Barnes
Rp-Fran Matas

We'd prob have to throw some $$$ their way - but we rid ourselves of some bad contracts and restock our farm system.

In a perfect world...

Your thoughts?

No-I'm not under the influence-lol.

Peace

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Roberts, Gregg and Scott are not desirable trade chips at this point. (Scott could be a free agent in 2 weeks). All are questions, at least at this moment. And Nick's contract is too hefty to move as well. So pick one guy on your list and dangle Guthrie. That's as good as you are going to do. And, even if BRob were healthy, I hear Boston has a pretty good 2bman.

OK...back to reality.

Guthrie to Closer, Johnson to setup, sign 2SP's - do not laugh but i would strongly consider Jaime Moyer. Minor league invite and let him pitch until his arm falls off - well, not really. Nothing to lose, then I sign 2SP's. I'd offer Gregg to Boston for 2b-Sean Coyle & Rp-Fran Matas. I'd also send cash to Boston to entice the deal - the cash would give us Matas.

FA's:
1b-Kotchman
Inf-Hairston

Peace

Dan,

I truely believ that the O's are gonna be bottom feeding. Find a diamond in the rough, find a bargain off of the scrap heap or wait for the free agent with few options (i.e. Lee or Guerrero).

In this scenario you either shoot and score or look foolish. I beleive that Duquette will refrain from the latter.

The guy above want to sen markakis to the sox, horrible idea, he is an oriole t stay.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.


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