Today, Peter Schmuck on his blog does a great job of pointing out the pros and cons of signing Ben Sheets to a contract with the Orioles.
Here’s a bit of what he says towards the end of his post:
Now, I realize that it's not your concern whether the Orioles cough up $20 million or so on a dare, but I'd like you to try to imagine the reaction they would get if they sign Sheets and he undergoes elbow surgery in May and is lost for 1 1/2 of those two seasons. I'm pretty sure a lot of the same people who think he's such an obvious choice would be lining up to blast the O's for another brainless, short-sighted move.
In a previous post, I said that think the Orioles should take a flier on Sheets, considering it is now a buyers market and pitching is available for it seems wholesale pricing. At face value, he would make the squad better and
Alas – the injury bug is a huge, huge concern, and Peter is right about the natives going crazy and criticizing the team right and left. However, despite the injury concern – if the price is right, take a chance. It would show those on the national stage that the Orioles are committed to improvement.
- The Baltimore Sports and Life Blog interviews Greg Bader – Director of Communications for The Baltimore Orioles – about upcoming promotions and general fan related items.
- Matt Albers is the topic of discussion for Roch Kubatko in his latest blog post on MASNSports.com & Jake Arrieta – who is heading to
as an invite for Spring Training – was recently analyzed by Baseball Prospectus. Florida
- Spencer Fordin takes a further look at the pitching rotation.
- SC of Camden Chat has a cool simulation of the great Oriole teams of the past, and he’s also penned a chapter in the Hardball Times 2009 Season Preview.
- Heath of Dempsey’s Army gives us his projections for Brian Roberts.
- Drew Forrester of WNST wonders why the Orioles didn’t sign Garland; meanwhile, Rex Snider wonders why the team doesn’t do anything for fans in the winter (he makes his case using the Nationals recent Fan Fest, dubbed ‘NatsFest”).