Baltimore Orioles: What do you want out of the winter meetings?
What do fans want to see the Baltimore Orioles take away from the 2015 MLB winter meetings?
It goes without saying that most fans want to see Chris Davis signing back with the Baltimore Orioles out of this week’s coming MLB winter meetings. The same could be true of Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O’Day. But what else is out there for the Orioles? What would you like to see them do this week, aside from the obvious?
I’ll give you two points; first off, the Birds could use a top-of-the-rotation starter. If they could get one of those, they’d be in really good shape. However also keep in mind that the final act of the winter meetings is the
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Rule 5 draft on Thursday. It’s unknown at this time what the Orioles’ plan is with that, but it’s something to watch.
The O’s of course have been fairly successful in the Duquette era in the Rule 4 draft, namely picking up guys like Ryan Flaherty and T.J. McFarland over the years. Many fans like to chide the O’s for “being cheap,” and they’ll point to the reliance on the Rule 5 draft. It’s not a perfect system, but they’ve gotten some bona fide big league talent in that manner.
Speaking of Dan Duquette, you’ll remember that it was on this day (the Sunday corresponding with the commencement of the winter meetings) last season that a bombshell was dropped into the national media regarding Toronto’s interest in him. At the time and still, I was baffled at how anyone could defend an organization that would do something as deceitful as stalking another team’s GM through the media as such. Yet most of the public opinion outside of Baltimore seemed to be with Toronto. How could the evil Peter Angelos not allow one of his people to go for a better job?
Nevermind the fact that Duquette was under contract at the time, and Toronto violated pretty much every protocol in the book in terms of trying to go after Duquette. A formal request to speak with him should have been lodged with the Orioles, who then in good faith should have given formal permission for Toronto to speak with their employee. However since Toronto opted to behave in the gutless manner that they did, permission was not granted. And there shouldn’t be an Orioles fan out there who has an issue with how the Orioles acted in that situation.
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But that was last year, and I’m sure that history will judge that as a footnote given the fact that Toronto won the AL East in 2015. But make no mistake about the fact that they were the aggressors in that situation. If you’re going to interview someone else’s personnel, go about it in the proper manner.
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So with that said, my personal hope is that no controversial bombshell like that gets dropped today or this week at the winter meetings. Things like that are a pain in the neck for me to deal with, and I’d just as soon as not have to do so! But if something comes down the pike, rest assured that we’ll cover it here at Birds Watcher. Bearing that in mind, what would you like to see the Orioles bring home (if anything) this week?