(continued) and thinks anyone who doesn’t should point out what other pitching acquisitions would be better for the Orioles. Ever heard of a guy named Roy Oswalt?
That Trevor Cahill was available and – evidently – not even pursued by the Orioles tells you everything you need to know about the early stages of the Dan Duquette era. He’s not really paying attention.
The A’s sent a handful of prospects to Arizona in exchange for Cahill. A couple of those propsects were hotshot types, like, say, the Orioles very own Oliver Drake, who was recently added to the 40-man roster. The Orioles don’t have much in the way of minor leaguers to lure a team interested in making a deal, so any trade would have to involve a couple of proven major league types like Adam Jones, Mark Reynolds, Brian Matusz or Jeremy Guthrie. And the A’s wouldn’t have wanted a major leaguer or two from the Orioles because they don’t want to pay ANYONE, which is precisely why Cahill wouldn’t fit in with Oakland’s long-term plans. When the A’s and the O’s meet up for a drink during the winter meetings, they BOTH try to skip out on the $20 check. So any deal for Cahill would have required at least three legitimate minor league prospects from Baltimore. Problem? The Orioles don’t really have three.
The apologists for Duquette and the Orioles took to pointing out Cahill’s numbers at home, away and against the American League East as a means of confirming that he wouldn’t have helped out in Baltimore.
In cavernous Oakland Coliseum, playing with a crappy club for the last two years, his home numbers were terrific (24-18, 3.77) while his road numbers dropped off (16-17, 4.71). Against the AL East, he was 7-11 with an ERA in the 6′s.
All of those numbers combined add up to one thing: He’d still be better than anything the Orioles have with perhaps the exception of Jeremy Guthrie. Maybe I’m wrong, but isn’t that how you improve your team? You ask yourself, “If we acquired this player, how many other players on the team would he be better than right away?”
Any time an apologist wants to point out the reason why the Orioles shouldn’t acquire someone, they use the “AL East excuse”. Those people must think it’s a 72-game season and the Orioles only play the Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Ray. There are 90 other games that make up the schedule. Someone has to pitch in those, too.
It’s all math, obviously. People who use baseball arithmetic to both confuse and confirm only do so because they’re petrified of admitting what us smarter-folk already know — The Orioles aren’t REALLY trying to win. They’re just trying to stay in business and make more money for the company.
Trevor Cahill would have been a nice addition. He wouldn’t have won the Cy Young award or anything like that, but he would have done more with less than Brad Bergesen or Chris Tillman or JoJo Reyes or Tommy Hunter or – gasp! – Dana Eveland.
Acquiring Cahill would have taken some intestinal fortitude though, because the Birds would have needed to part company with a couple of decent prospects, like Arizona did.
So far this off-season, the Marlins, Angels, Phillies and Diamondbacks all got better.
The Orioles have added depth.
Of course, it’s only fair to point out that there’s still time for the Birds to do something else…something with a little more meat to it…something that might convince the fans winning might actually be important to the organization for the first time since 1997.
I hear Warren Spahn is looking to make a comeback. Wouldn’t he look great in orange and black?