Comrade Antelope wrote:GotowarMissAgnes wrote:Sometimes it's not so much how good the guy coming is is, as how bad the guy going out is. Bringing in Millwood and Byrd is probably a 5-10 win improvement over what we got from RLopez and Ponson last year. That gets you to .500. To contend, you need to make an equal or better improvement on offense.
Adding Garciaparra and dropping Palmeiro is, at best, a small gain (I wouldn't sign Nomar unless he agreed to a performance based contract to protect us in case of injury and I wouldn't put him at 3B over Mora. DH him to protect him from injury--of course, I doubtyou get him if he doesn't get a chance to play in the field).
In order to improve the offense enough to contend,you'd have to sign Konerko AND Molina or RHernandez. That gets you another 5-10 wins, and puts you in the mid 80-90 win range that at least give you a chance.
Of course, anyone who thinks the O's will sign 5 free agents is delusional.
Sign Konerko or trade for Chad Tracy. That gives needed lefty bat at 1B. Put Gibbons at rf and platoon him with Byrnes.
Sign either Millwood, Burnitz or Byrd and hope Leo works his magic on young pitchers.
Forget targetting the catchers. The value for what they cost is too much. You don't need a another full-time catcher. You need a good back-up (unlike the c*** we've had). I'd look at Yorvit Torrealba, now available cheap, since the Mariners signed the Japanese stud. He's still young (27) and he crushes lefties. Against lefties, you move Javy to DH and play Torrealba.
For LF, I go for a short-term deal for a good field, good hit player in Rondell White. Other than Konerko there aren't a lot of decent young players worth pursuing, so save your $
Versus righties then:
DH: Walter Young
It ain't great, but it's a little more realistic.
I agree with leaving catchers alone, heck, Fasano did a respectable job last year if they really want to move Lopez to DH. No way in hell should the O's mess with RonDL White. Id rather take my chances on a one year incentive laden contrat with Nomar. I doubt we'll get Konerko, but Tracy would be a good pick-up, not earth moving, but a good young talent IMO. Ireally think they can fill their OF need from within. And as for their starting pitching, I want to be in the fantasy league with Phatferd if thinks Millwood, Byrd, Bedard, and Cabrera are not repectable pitchers...
I'd dominate you if you had that staff.