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#161 thundercleetz

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 11:47 AM

Lineup is heating up! Trumbo has hit some bombs and he's displayed a strong arm in RF. Rickards has been a stud this spring. Buck is going to have a hard time not penciling him in as the everyday lead off hitter. Especially if it lets Manny hit 2/3. I've seen a lineup this spring of Rickards-AJ-Manny. I like it.

I am worried about Gausman's shoulder. If we want any chance contending he has to take a big step.
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Posted 26 March 2016 - 07:04 PM

Hearing rumors of going after James Shields. I'd be OK with it, even after a week season last year. We need something.
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Posted 26 March 2016 - 07:47 PM

This team isn't jack with this lineup...


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Posted 27 March 2016 - 08:19 AM

Rosenthal is reporting the O's may be looking to release Kim from his deal so he can go back to Korea. Not sure if there is any legitimacy behind it, seems early. Regardless, Rickards has earned the starting LF job IMO and he better fills a need.
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Posted 27 March 2016 - 11:36 AM

Yeah, I want Rickard out there. Period.

A few Korean players over the years have resigned and returned home when overmatched in the Spring. I am OK with it if it doesn't cost us the contact value. If it does, make him stay.

I still think he could become like Kang for the Pirates last year, so if like to see him stay on so long as it's not at the expense of Rickard
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Posted 30 March 2016 - 06:00 PM

Gonzo released
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Posted 02 April 2016 - 08:22 AM

Soooooo what do with Kim now that he has declined to go to the minors?

I'd have his ass on flight 101 to Japan so fast his head would spin.

Edited by cravnravn, 02 April 2016 - 08:24 AM.

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 09:11 AM

Well, first, he's from Korea.

But second, we can't send him anywhere. If we cut him, he gets 7m from us and anyone else in the league could sign him for almost nothing - including a potential minors assignment.

But really it's the money we are worried about. Let $7m just disappear after 44 at bats? He started 0/24. Last year, Kang started 1/23 for the Pirates in spring training and was arguably their second best all around hitter by season's end. Would hate to let that potential and cash walk.
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Posted 02 April 2016 - 09:28 AM

Well, first, he's from Korea.

But second, we can't send him anywhere. If we cut him, he gets 7m from us and anyone else in the league could sign him for almost nothing - including a potential minors assignment.

But really it's the money we are worried about. Let $7m just disappear after 44 at bats? He started 0/24. Last year, Kang started 1/23 for the Pirates in spring training and was arguably their second best all around hitter by season's end. Would hate to let that potential and cash walk.


I think the problem here is there is no room in the lineup for Kim to get EXP through ABs. Rickards without a doubt won the starting job, is a much better fit for our lineup (speedy lead off hitter), and plays better defense than Kim. Sure, we could stash Kim as the 25th man and he could possibly get into the lineup against LHP (Alvarez can't hit lefties). But it seems the O's are trying to convince Kim it's in his best interest to get the ABs.

I don't think we'll release him. There is no guarantee Rickards will work out, or we could have injuries. If/when this happens, it would be nice if Kim had a streak of ABs in Norfolk.

The other thing about Kim: he showed up this winter out of shape and overweight. Brady had to whip him into shape in a short period of time before spring training. The transition to playing baseball in the US was going to be hard enough on its own, not being in shape makes things that much more difficult.
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Posted 03 April 2016 - 08:32 PM

Yeah - agree with all of the above. Not saying there was a right answer, but just why it's so hard to let him go - even though we have place for him.

 

I think they'll have a few plans: ABs vs lefties, as you said, in place of Alvarez (though, that is also in competition with Reimold)... and defensive replacement for Trumbo, which could steal him an AB here or there, assuming we're ever winning a game.


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