Andy McPhail gave it his best shot the last few years, but our young arms have hit a wall, and I'm sure Angelos wouldn't give him the green light on many trades, or free agent acquisitions. So he knew that it was time to pack up and go.
Dan Duquette must have been hanging around Fred Davis, & Trent Williams when he made his decision to come back to baseball with the Orioles. Hell, Ricky Williams is right down the street so maybe he's giving him a good hook-up. You have to be high as a kite to take this job, and then come out during the winter meetings and say "We're not going after big name free agents. We'll get our players through trades, and just try to give our pitching staff more depth." Dan won't even give a free agent pitcher more than a 3-year contract. Good luck trying to lure those top players into Charm City with that philosophy.
And where are these trades going to come from? The only players we have that are worth anything are Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, Jim Johnson, & prospects Manny Machado, Xavier Avery, and Mychal Givens. And Machado better be untouchable!
We need to go out and get a player that's going to make other players actually want to come to Baltimore. The Nationals went out and did that last year with Jason Werth, little did they know..he's not very good. If the Orioles made an effort to go get the O-BEAST Prince Fielder, maybe it would finally make the League look at Baltimore in a way that they haven't in 14-years. And then Duquette may have full reign to go get the pitchers he wants.
Until we start looking at what's going to make Baltimore a winner sooner rather than later...we might as well keep hoping that Steve Biscotti will buy the team, or have Ray Lewis murd...I mean tackle Peter Angelos right out of the picture.
Fight On B-more!!!