From the mid 80’s until the day Andy MacPhail was hired the Baltimore Orioles were one of the most dysfunctional franchises in sports. But for the first time in many years Orioles fans have something to look forward to. The farm system which has been ignored ever since Jerry Hoffberger sold the team in 1979 is now producing a good number of quality prospects, particularly on the mound. This year still figures to be disappointing in the win-loss column but the near future looks bright. So what should the O’s do with their present roster to improve for next year and after? The current economy is in play this year in regards to trading. Teams are unlikely to go after players with big salaries. This works in the Orioles favor. Aubrey Huff has played really well for the O’s is a free agent after this year. He is trade bait, and they can always go after him next winter. Danny Baez, another guy who has pitched well this year is a free agent and is trade bait. George Sherrill, who has pitched well this year but who will be 32 in August is trade bait. Last place teams really don’t need a closer especially if they can get a couple of quality prospects in return. Jeremy Guthrie is a pretty good pitcher, who is 30, and a few years older than the plethora of young arms the Orioles are stockpiling is trade bait. All these players have value to contending teams and none has a mega contract. MacPhail knows how to get value in trades and he knows when to hold on to a player if he can’t get what he wants. The Orioles need to find a young 3rd baseman and perhaps a young 1st baseman though here’s hoping Brandon Snyder continues to improve in the minors. They’ll need a second baseman in about 3 years. Andino could be the shortstop of the future but the Orioles need to improve the depth of the position players in the minors and you never have enough pitching.
Freddy from Boca
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