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The kids are all right

The demise of the Orioles farm system is greatly exaggerated.  Okay, maybe it’s partially true.  It doesn’t take much analysis to look at how many players we’ve graduated from the minors to the big league club recently and recognize that it’s going to impact your organizational depth.  However, unlike some members of the national media, I think that there are several players in the O’s upper minors (AA/AAA) who have a chance to be major league contributors in the near future.  Please indulge me as I offer my thoughts on their respective achievements thus far and prospective futures. (more…)

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Wieters admits he’s just been “screwing around”

After almost two years in the league as a member of the Baltimore Orioles, one-time top prospect Matt Wieters explained today that he’s been “basically totally screwing around” since being called up but guesses that he’s prepared to “actually start trying.”

“It’s come to my attention that some members of the media have labeled me as a bust. Now, ordinarily, I couldn’t care less about what those flaming rosin bags write, but you know, maybe it is time I actually started trying for reals,” he told reporters today.

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What can we make of Chris Tillman?

There’s something different in the Sarasota air this spring.  Can you feel it?

I think it’s called stability.

Due to the volume and quality of the acquisitions made during the offseason, spring training for the Orioles in 2011 figures to differ from previous years in that there won’t be many meaningful position battles that will take place during camp.  With Derek Lee, Mark Reynolds, JJ Hardy, Vladimir Guerrero, and others stepping in to fill obvious holes, one of the only real unanswered questions centers around who will fill out the Orioles starting rotation.

Barring injury or catastrophe, we can basically pencil in (1) Jeremy Guthrie, (2) Brian Matusz, and (3) Justin Duchscherer.  After that?  Given that both experienced some success last season, you would have to figure that Jake Arrieta and Brad Bergesen would be the prohibitive favorites to round out the starting five.  If so, then Chris Tillman and Zach Britton would return to AAA to continue their development.

What’s interesting to me, however, is that I’m not so sure many fans would handicap the AAA depth chart thusly: Tillman and Britton.  I think there is a general sense that Britton might have surpassed Tillman and is next in line to be called up.

Should it comes to pass, it would mark a notable and at least somewhat surprising shift for the centerpiece of the Erik Bedard trade, from likely front-of-the-rotation starter, to “organizational depth” and taking a number with Troy Patton.

How did we get here?

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5 Reasons the Orioles Should Sign Albert Pujols

I’m getting a little ahead of myself, I know.  Albert Pujols is still under contract with the Cardinals for the remainder of this season, and though he says his negotiation deadline has passed, it’s hard to believe he’ll be finishing his career anywhere other than St. Louis.

Furthermore, he’s going to command a massive (some might say crippling) contract, maybe the largest in the history of baseball.  Based on the Orioles spartan payroll history, and recent comments made by current Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, there is no reason at all to think that the Orioles could sign him, or that they would even try.

But, permit me to daydream for a moment, won’t you?  Here are 5 excellent reasons that the Orioles should sign Pujols, if he ever becomes a free agent.

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