thundercleetz Posted October 29, 2012 Share Posted October 29, 2012 First playoff appearance in 15 years and we take the Yankees to the brink in a five game series, all without arguably our best player. I felt a momentum swing in that series between us and the Yankees. Could this be the era of a new generation? The Yankees barely skimped by while I feel we would have been able to give the Tigers a better matchup. At the end of our last playoff game Peter Angelos gave a post game interview, something he never does. He stated something along the lines of being committed toward making sure we will return to the playoffs and Oriole fans can expect this type of success in the future. Does this mean Angelos is ready to spend? We are a very good team and I feel we have the chance to get A LOT better. Dan Duquette made some shrewd moves last offseason, and a few more could put us over the top. Priority list:- The short stop situation: Machado is the guy of the future. With a baseball IQ well beyond his years, Machado also proved this season he is a Gold Glove quality third baseman. While his bat is good for third base, it would be excellent for short stop. If Machado spends another year at third, it may be the point of no return to shortstop. What do we do with Hardy and Machado? - A top of the rotation starter: I feel we have some solid candidates for the rotation with Hammel, Chen, Gonzalez, and Tillman. Britton, Arrieta, and Matusz will all get a shot. And Bundy is waiting in the wings (likely start the season in AAA) and he will for sure get some starts. Do we try and re-sign Joe Saunders. Or do we go for a bigger fish in Zack Greinke or Kyle Lohse? - Left field: Nate McLouth played excellent down the stretch and in the playoffs. He is surprising athletic and plays great defense. He also gets on base. No one knows how Nolan Reimold is. He was tearing it up before getting injured. Do we go with one of these guys? Do we go with a younger in-house option like Hoes or Avery? A plattoon of both? Or do we go for a big bat in Josh Hamilton? - Mark Reynolds: He has a pretty expensive option, but I think it is no doubt we pick it up and he is our everyday first baseman. I think Duquette will make some more trades. I doubt we'll go after a big free agent. But I could see us going hard after Padres third baseman Chase Headley. Headley is an on base guy and plays Gold Glove defense. Headley would immediately be our number three hitter and would allow us to move Machado to SS. Hardy could be an option at 2B at that point. What does everyone else think? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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