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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Orioles - Acquired Wright
Baltimore Orioles - Acquired P Jaret Wright and cash from the New York Yankees for P Chris Britton.
Once again, the Orioles fail to understand where they are in the competition cycle. Jaret Wright quietly had a decent year for the Yankees, but acquiring him for a year with some cash in return for 5 years of their 2nd-best reliever is what a solid team that needs just one more arm does when it gets them to the playoffs.
I find the comparisons between the Marlins and the Orioles interesting. The last good Orioles team was the 1997 team - the Marlins had their first good year that year and won the World Series. The Marlins did the right thing for the wrong reasons and tore down the team, rebuilt the team, got it to the point it was a good team, won another World Series, tore down the team, rebuilt the team, and will probably have a good team yet again before the next time the Orioles are even .500, a feat they haven’t accomplished since that 1997 season.
After 10 years, the Orioles have still learned nothing. The team does none of the things that good teams do. While the farm system has developed a few players in recent years, something they couldn’t do in the late 90s, the farm system still didn’t give the Orioles much depth and looks pretty dry again. The depth the Orioles did develop, like John Maine and now Chris Britton, were both traded away for older players that are most likely inferior.
For the 10th season in a row, the Orioles will finish below .500, not have the slightest clue why other than OH MY GOD SOME OF OUR PLAYERS WERE ACTUALLY INJURED HOW COULD WE HAVE SUCH HORRIFIC LUCK? The team will also be confused as to why people aren’t showing up at Camden Yards and the ones that do are quite often fans of the opposing team. I don’t even know if or why I still root for this team - the Orioles aren’t a team, they’re laundry.
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