So what happens in three weeks when the Orioles have a deal in place for Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano and it means that the Orioles have to take on roughly $20 million of additional payroll in 2013 for those two players, assuming the Cubs pay some portion of Soriano’s outrageous $18 million salary next season? Would Peter Angelos stamp “APPROVED” when that trade reaches his desk, knowing he’ll be spending $20 million more on baseball players NEXT season and this season hasn’t even ended yet?
The Yankees and Red Sox would do it.
So would the Tigers.
The Angels would definitely do it.
Those four want to win.
Do the Orioles REALLY want to win? Or do they simply HOPE they can hold on and win?
I don’t know.
I want to think it’s different now with Buck Showalter at the helm and wacky Dan Duquette at the helm in the front office. This is the same Duquette who decided to give Matt Antonelli a whirl in the spring. And the same Duquette who pulled off a stunning deal for Jason Hammel. Showalter, though, is a man’s man of a manager and you know he’d give his left you-know-what to beat the Red Sox out of one of those two wild card berths in the American League.
Honestly, I think Showalter and Duquette would pull the trigger on a deal or two to win now. I think they’d gamble.
But I don’t know about the owner.
It’s easy to just say “Sure, Peter will gamble with them”, but anyone who has followed the team over the years knows that’s just not true.
It always gets over-evaluated in Baltimore. The “trade slip” stays on Peter’s desk for five days while he hopes the other team panics and decides to eat more of the 2013 salaries of the players they’re dealing. Somehow, someway, it doesn’t work out for the Orioles when the owner gets involved.
But maybe this time it’s going to be different.
This year, for once, there’s real hope heading to the deadline.
One thing for sure — the Orioles need better players. This edition of over-achievers who can’t field a lick but are somehow still alive needs a roster boost if they want to be contenders in September.
I’m all for it.
I’ll trade just about anyone (no Bundy or Machado — but anyone else is worth considering) if it means the baseball fans who have suffered here for the last 14 years could possibly be rewarded with October baseball in 2012.
This is rare air.
July 8 is here and the Orioles are still relevant.
It’s time to gamble.
I sure hope our baseball team decides to go all in.
Anything less than that would be unfair to the fans.