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James F

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Orioles Draft Preview Part 3: The Shortstops

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In the third installment of my preview for the Orioles' third overall pick in the draft, I look at shortstops Manny Machado and Christian Colon, and take a look back at the shortstops taken in the first round in recent years to see if college or prep picks are more likely to pay off.

And With the Third Pick.... Part Three: the Shortstops

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Tools or skills? The top two shortstops in this year's draft class provide a study in contrasts.

Trading Prospects: A Key to Building a Winning Team

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Should the Orioles look to trade some of their prospects rather than waiting to develop all their talent from within? The Yankees provide a model for how to do so.

And With the Third Pick.... Part Two: the Prep Righthanders

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James F takes a look at the top prep pitchers who might end up going to Baltimore with the third overall pick.

The Value of Signing All Our Picks

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The Orioles made some prominent overslot signings in 2009. But they let eighth-round pick Devin Harris slip away. Was that a mistake?

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New SB Nation Blog: MLB Bonus Baby on the MLB Draft!

If you look at the top corner of your screen, you'll see that SB Nation has added a new blog: MLB Bonus Baby.  While this might not be notable to most of you, it happens to be a blog I've been...

Is Xavier Avery on the Verge of a Breakout? Signs Point to Yes.

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2008 2nd round draft pick Xavier Avery has had an impressive first week at Frederick.

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Minor League Roundup 4/8/2010

Only three of the four games scheduled tonight took place, with the Frederick Keys having their opener rained out.  Bowie's opener was spoiled as well, postponed with one out in the top of the 5th...

And With the Third Pick.... Part One: C Bryce Harper

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Could Bryce Harper possibly fall to the Orioles in this year's draft?

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Out of Options Candidates

With Spring Training almost here, one of the issues that will face many teams is what to do with players who are out of minor league options.  These players would have to clear waivers in order to...

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BtB: The Orioles have an 11% chance at the playoffs

Recently, we had quite a discussion here about whether winning matters without contending.  This dovetails nicely with recent discussion around the baseball blogs about the marginal value of a win...

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Player Origins of Major League Starting Shortstops

As a follow-up to my post on the urgency to the Orioles of discovering a future starter at shortstop, it occurred to me that it would be useful to examine the origins of the best shortstops in...

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Purchasing WAR in Bulk

In my post on Matt Holliday, some of you balked at the notion that it was wise to invest a large percentage of our payroll in a single offensive player.  This led me to a question for which I did...

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The Case for Matt Holliday

At this point, the rumor that the Orioles were pursuing Matt Holliday has pretty much been put to bed.  The most detailed word is that the Orioles inquired whether Holliday would consider an offer...

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Non-tendered players who the O's could target

Tonight is the deadline for teams to tender a contract to players still under team control without a guaranteed contract for 2010.  Which means that tomorrow, many new free agents will emerge, many...

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Thinking about the bullpen

As the Winter Meetings are underway, one of the major issues for the Orioles once again is how to resolve their bullpen troubles.  Only five teams saw their bullpen deliver a worse FIP than the...

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The future at short

For all of us who remember the disasters of 2008, we know how important having a respectable shortstop is to the Orioles.  Cesar Izturis didn't offer much at the plate, but his exceptional fielding...

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Project Prospect report on Josh Bell

The guys over at [Project Prospect http://www.projectprospect.com/] are somewhat controversial among prospect bloggers, but are at least usually pretty interesting.  In their firsthand AFL report,...

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Scott Kazmir to the Angels

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/08/angels-close-to-deal-for-scott-kazmir.htmlSo, Alexander Torres is basically a poor man's Zach Britton - similar results, lefty starter who gets groundballs and...

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