Monday, March 1, 2010

2010 Team Analysis: Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles:

2009 Record: 64-98

General Manager: Andy MacPhail

Manager: Dave Trembley

Organizational Philosophy: in summer of 2007 the Orioles finally said enough is enough and hired a bonafide baseball mind in Andy MacPhail.  Growing up in Baltimore I'm sure it's been a lifelong dream for MacPhail to run the O's and with his the glowing resume yet unassuming demeanor, I'm not surprised that he has quietly and swiftly put this team on the right track.

Early in 2008, MacPhail made a key move by trading popular starter Erik Bedard to Mariners for a slew of key prospects (of which included Adam Jones, George Sherrill and Chris Tillman).  During the '08 season Sherill was featured as the Baltimore closer and, despite his lousy control, was flipped in 2009 to the Dodgers for promising 3B prospect Josh Bell.  Since MacPhail was hired the Orioles have been commited to unloading any valuable palyers that do not fit into their longterm plans and drafting and stocking up on young talent.  In 2010, they may have the best young outfield in all of baseball with Nolan Reimold, Adam Jones and Nick Markasis; however, their division does pose a huge struggle but they could very well soon be adding their name to the list of why the AL East is so dominant.

2010 Commitments:

Starting Rotation:

Kevin Millwood ($15M)
Jeremy Guthrie ($3M)
Brad Bergesen ($400K)
Brian Matusz ($400K)
Chris Tillman ($400K)
David Hernandez ($400K)


Mike Gonzalez ($6M)
Jim Johnson ($420K)
Cla Meredith ($850K)
Kam Mickolio ($400K)
Matt Albers ($680K)
Koji Uehara ($5M)
Alberto Castillo ($400K)

On the field:

C: Matt Wieters ($400K)
C: Craig Tatum ($400K)
1B: Garrett Atkins ($4M)
2B: Brian Roberts ($10M)
SS: Cesar Izturis ($2.6M)
3B: Miguel Tejada ($6M)
LF: Nolan Reimold ($400K)
CF: Adam Jones ($440K)
RF: Nick Markakis ($7.1M)
OF: Felix Pie ($410K)
DH: Luke Scott ($4M)

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