bigwords wrote:Normally I'd agree with you, Bobbleheadrusty.
However, the Orioles are not like most organizations. They don't have a track record for being conservative when it comes to prospects and money. And don't underestimate their desire to finish .500 if they have any chance whatsoever. A strong finish means a lot more to that team from an economic perspective than saving a year on Weiters' clock. If they decide to trade Ramon Hernandez or George Sherrill or Brian Roberts, they're going to need to throw a bone to their rightfully disgusted and impatient fan base.
This isn't like the Longoria situation at all.
Plus, are you absolutely certain you know the arbitration/free agency implications of calling up a minor leaguer in September vs. August? Especially a catcher, who is unlikely to play every day. If he got called up today, he still probably would not get the 130 at bats to exhaust his rookie status.
Its not at bats, its service time. The longer they keep him in the minors the further away he is from arbitration. They would like to have the full three years rather then making him a super2 guy.
As for a strong finish, most fans are smart enough to recognize the value of getting back prospects. Finishing .500 is meaningless compared to long term growth, and McPhail will probably take more flack for not sticking to the plan and trying to acquire prospect.
I do agree that they will need to throw the fans a bone if they decimate the ML roster, but I think that will be in the form of an extension for Jones and Markakis (and Guthrie and maybe Roberts if they keep him).
Don't forget that Weiters started the year in A ball, and has been in AA for less then a month. I interviewed Komminsk for my blog and he believes Weiters is there through the end of the year.