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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Orioles begin hopeful spring training in Year 2 of rebuild

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A year ago, Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde were in their first spring training together as Baltimore Orioles general manager and manager. After a season of 108 losses, they’re back for Year 2.

The Orioles have 67 players on their spring roster, and Elias said that he likes the group that the Orioles have.

“Going over the 40-man roster and looking at the players that are here, we’ve got hopes for all of them, and they’re all talented, and they have things to like about them, so we definitely feel like it’s coming together,” Elias said. “It’s a part of a longer process, but it’s moving in the right direction.”

Baltimore’s biggest issue is trying to construct a starting rotation. Last season, 18 pitchers started for the Orioles, and they had a horrifying 5.57 ERA.

The rebuild will last into the 2050s, at which point management will give up and move the team back to St. Louis.

 

QLE Posted: February 12, 2020 at 01:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, rebuilding, spring training

Monday, December 16, 2019

Madison Bumgarner leaving shows Giants now in full-blown rebuild mode

During one of his media sessions at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi was asked about the team being in a rebuild. Zaidi turned the question around, asking the reporter how he would define a rebuild.

This. This is a rebuild.

Madison Bumgarner reportedly agreeing to a contract with a division rival for $85 million at the end of a week where the only team he has ever known spent $12 million to buy a first-round pick and $9 million on a pitcher who has never had sustained big league success but might turn into a back-end starter and might turn into a trade chip in July. That’s a pretty good definition of a rebuild.

To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with this plan.

A consideration of what this signing means, with regards to the team losing the player.

 

QLE Posted: December 16, 2019 at 01:25 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, rebuilding

 

 

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