Orioles: Risky business
Almost everyone here has applauded the Orioles decision to sign veteran pitcher Justin Duchscherer for reasons that should be obvious. He'll be a quality pitcher if he can overcome a variety of personal obstacles to return to the form that made him an All-Star in Oakland.
It's also possible to view it as another cheap signing by a cheap team, but if any of you thought the Orioles had a chance to sign Cliff Lee and made this choice instead just to save money, you're either incurably jaded or simply fooling yourselves. I'll go with incurably jaded.
There comes a time when you have to view each move in its own context, and this one -- at this time -- is a good move. Duchscherer might be the catch of the winter or he might never get out of spring training. The Rangers made the same kind of play with Vladimir Guerrero when he looked like he was done last year and caught lightning in a bottle. The Orioles tried to do it with Garrett Atkins and got the opposite result.
If Duchscherer doesn't pan out, he doesn't pan out. The Orioles have a young starting rotation that might have been good enough to begin with, but Duchscherer adds some serious possible upside at a discount price. You can call that cheap or you can call it smart. Works for me either way.