chilly stOve

Posted in 2010: meaningful imprOvement, sO which guys?, the rOster, ty wiggintOn on December 4th, 2010 by The Wayward O

Victor Martinez was among first, followed by your Adam Dunns and your Adrian Gonzalezes. Heck, even Lance Berkman has found home in St. Louie.

As for your Paul Konerkoses, Team’s leader kind of took air out of that one, too, saying reports of “significant offer” to aging White Sock were overblown and that, in fact, really Team just left him Post-It note tacked outside US Cellular Field on pay phone that said “Call me.”

Fan frustration clearly is mounting. After so much futility can it mount any higher? Maybe not. Still all one has to do is patrol news pages or baseball blogs to see it continues apace.

Wayward O is on fence about whether to be mad at this point. Team clearly is not fully in mix this December as talent gets snapped up. Yet this really can’t be regarded as surprise as published reports based on actual sourcing have predicted as much.

$56 million for Adam Dunn? — that absolutely blew away Team’s $40 million offer and just seems like pantload of money for DC’s erstwhile slugging first basesman. Should Team have “blown away” Dunn with a 5 year/$75 million offer?

Similarly Team came up short in Martinez bidding but — again — did Detroit overpay? Should Team have offered $60 million? How else to beat Detroit’s $50 million offer?

And not only did Red Sox reportedly give up four solid prospects for Gonzalez, but presumably they’d also ink him to a Mark Teixeira-like mega deal and pray he doesn’t get hurt for better part of decade. Wayward O asked Andy MacPhail about Gonzalez back in April and was told Team wouldn’t sell farm for Southern California slugger.

Depending upon how you look at it — and you’d be more than justified in taking “glass half empty” view — either Team is shrewdly sticking to plan or simply is out of touch with market.

Your “half empty” view is easy to articulate in a single word: Wiggy. But you could go on: If Aubrey Huff is $11 million guy and Miguel Tejada is a $6.5 million guy then, oh “half empty” arguer, you have a point when you say it steams you Team can’t seem to pull trigger on anything more than the $10 million range per year for any player.

Your “half full” view, however, is a bit more nuanced. It starts with much-improved core of young guys and new manager who immediately got results during final third of 2010 season. It continues with some great talent supposedly coming through pipe coupled with seasoning of aforementioned young core.

Today talk in Team-o-Sphere turned to Mark Reynolds, Arizona’s young, slugging, striking-out corner guy. Wayward O has good feeling about this guy, low BA notwithstanding, and if he can be had via trade that doesn’t expose Team to — Oh let’s call it the “Glenn Davis ex post facto hand wringing boomerang syndrome” — then Team won’t have to rely on Wiggy-level talent* for 2011.

Wayward O remains positive. And not just because Team is putting a LOT of effort into catering. There is still a good decent chance Team will have power bat this Spring. And one can’t forget progress Team has made in terms of talent it already has on offer.

*PS. Wiggy, Blog loves you man. Seriously. No offense. But c’mon you want to win too, presumably.


Posted in 2010: meaningful imprOvement on June 28th, 2010 by The Wayward O

But first an answer: Several readers of Blog and followers of Team, in between recent bouts of defecting to Washington Nationals, have asked Blog why Blog hasn’t been posting all that much lately.

Wayward Old

Well for starters, up until little winning streak (ongoing) Team has been atrocious with Capital O. Terrible. Unwatchable. Also amid stretch of hideousness, World Cup has been going apace, making spending precious hours watching Bumbling Carbunkles at Camden Tards that much more impossible.

Also, June shapeed up super busy. But things may be calming down now for half a minute.

It’s been nice to see Team finding a little bit of shape lately, especially in bullpen. (Did anybody see Flat Breezy’s latest in Dodgertown last night?) With so much young talent, one or two serious, non-garbage pile signings could see Team become competitive quickly.

Anyway, on to Blog’s question. Recently Blog saw following Baltimore fan post:

There is a downside to all this winning.  [Presumed reference to modest current streak]  Pittsburgh has lost 6 in a row. So our 6 game lead, for the #1 draft pick, has been cut to 2.

Are there really people who think like this? Or is this just something fans say to sound “sophisticated”? Are there really people who think it would be better for Team to tank its way to No. 1 pick as opposed to showing a little life (and sending message to league that there is a heartbeat still in Balto.)?

every at-bat is a negOtiation

Posted in 2010: meaningful imprOvement on April 12th, 2010 by The Wayward O

Blog is very full of Blogself today because Wayward O and managing editor [redacted] met Team President of Baseball Operations, Maj. Brig. Gen. Andrew MacPhail on Sunday at baseball place.

Here’s how it is, nerds…

Here’s what MacP. told bloggers:

  • don’t look for Adrian Gonzalez deadline trade
  • although Team could be seen making a free agency offer in event AG goes on market*
  • front office NOT 100% SOLD on Adam Jones yet and 2010 is crucial year for beloved CF
  • Team wants to rest dinged-up Brian Roberts, keep him off 10-day West Coast / Boston swing, hence DL likely**

MacP. also very focused on art of signing talent controlled by Team a) before free agent value goes through roof and b) after it’s clear talent is legit. He noted that, while some teams can afford to evaluate non-free agent talent for as long as 5 years, Team feels its window is about 3+ years. Reading between lines, it’s pretty clear this Season is Big One for Team and Adam Jones.

Team has plenty of dough, of course, and offer Jones gets will tell you what Andy & Co.’s verdict is with respect to long-term potential.

Sunday was nice day until Team gave away another lead and lost. Team is 1-5. Which is pretty bad. Team keeps leaving runs on board but pitching is wayyyy better. Of course if Offense doesn’t start finding way soon, pitching likely to collapse at some point.

* talent more prized than Team dollars right now
** this does NOT bode well for already ailing offense, which will have to find some kind of spark

the angst Of april

Posted in 2010: meaningful imprOvement on April 8th, 2010 by The Wayward O

studs Or duds?

Posted in 2010: meaningful imprOvement on December 19th, 2009 by The Wayward O

Would you look at handsome fella Team signed?

Sun Photo

Wayward Odeo hasn’t been on Baltimore SportsYap blogs much lately — blog management mostly getting whipped like rented mule in other sectors during Christmas rush — but assumes mix of 64% unbridled optimism splashed with 22% “this is the 2006 offseason all over again” lightly spiced with a 12% wizened wait-and-see attitude.

There is, after all, a patch where putative closer’s ligament used to be. Which ligament? Anyway … 77 appearances last year says not a concern and God Bless Maj. Gen. Andrew Quimbly MacPhail for doing short-term deal with incentives, presumably for that reason.

If it works, it’s going to work great because Young Houdini aka Jim Johnson is a natural 8th inning guy, based upon what we’ve all seen.

And … dare Wayward O say it? Is there a whiff of Rocky Mountain ‘Roids trailing behind Garrett Atkins? Probably just a mirage …. some Rockie fans theorize loss of Holliday in order hurt him. And Atkins’ year-in, year-out declines in offense output since 2006 are more indicative of guy who … got solved.

Still many Rockiesphere fans see big 2010 from Garrett and call move big, under-radar signing of offseason so far. It also was noted in Cyberwompersphere that Atkins came into camp last year overweight and out of shape.

Atkins stopped hitting last year and lost starting job to young kid. Again though, MacPhail has taken essentially a calling card because contract is lean.

And like the old one, Team’s new third baseman has PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE.

Put Wayward O in edgy enthusiasm category. If you want to label deals a reprise of last notable signing frenzy, which resulted in more losing, you probably could, but at least Team wised up with structure of deals.

three-day hOme sets!

Posted in 2010: meaningful imprOvement on December 3rd, 2009 by The Wayward O

First of All Wayward O can’t believe Jim Lehrer and Paul Kangas are both slowly extricating selves from NEWS BUSINESS!!

He’s ordering the steak, punk.

Lehrer Wayward O knew about but PAUL TOO? Who will tell blog author what’s right anymore? For example how will Wayward O ever figure out why people are surprised that the Woodsmeister had a few birdies conveniently stationed near MAJOR GOLF TOURNAMENTS? And who will explain RELVANCE of DEAD NEW YORK YANKEE GREATS?? And who will explain why COLLATERALIZED DEBT is same as BULK CHEESE: Delicious but risky.

Feeling strangely alone in cruel, dark world, with winds of winter whipping over WITHERED HEATH of Internet, Wayward O, in search of companionship, visited FRIENDS LINKs and NAVIGATED to le Chat Camdine, but got THIS!!

Blogztoobz is Clogzd.

Well Wayward O does say! His site features 72 percent SERVER UPTIME!!

Anyway things really were looking bleaker than four game set at Anaheim stadium with Adam Eaton, Bruce Chen and Sidney Ponson on mound in some version of retarded dream rote when TEAM of all people came through with RELEASE of Spring Schedule!

Check it out! There’s a three-day home set from March 7-9 and another from March 25-27 and another from March 29-31!

Wayward O will be there and that’s a promise. Just don’t tell blog blog has to watch KEVIN MILLWEED.