• Jul
    15

    Imagine the following scenario

    Imagine the following scenario, and tell me what your corresponding moves would be:

    1) MacPhail, and Jordan return for '12+
    2) Jones receives 4 year contract (taking him through '15). Markakis deemed unavailable.
    3) Hardy receives 3 year extension (taking him through '14).
    4) Guthrie, Johnson, and Uehara are not traded at the '11 non-waiver deadline.
    5) The O's definitively decide not to bid on Fielder or Darvish, and CJ Wilson resigns in Texas.
    6) The O's are unwilling / unable to trade the players necessary to obtain players such as Hanley Ramirez, Weaver, F.Hernandez, J.Upton, Kemp.
    7) The O's are unwilling / unable to trade the players necessary to obtain 1st base prospects the caliber of Alonso or Belt.
    8) Roberts plays some to finish up '11.

    If the above were to happen, you are looking at a '12 team that looks like:

    Roberts 2nd
    Hardy SS
    Markakis RF
    Wieters C
    Reynolds 3rd
    Jones CF
    Scott DH
    1st?
    Reimold LF

    Tatum, Pie/Angle, Andino, Harris/Adams

    Guthrie, Matusz, Britton, Arrieta, Bergesen/Tillman/ FA innings eater

    Gregg
    Johnson
    Uehara
    Berken
    Bergesen / Tillman
    Simon
    Viola

    Other bullpen options:
    Klein
    Schrader
    S. Johnson
    Atkins
    Jakubauskas
    VandenHurk
    Patton
    Spoone
    Ballard
    Pelzer
    Bascom

    What moves do the O's make then?

    Do they pursue a veteran SP like Marquis, L. Hernandez, or Penny?
    Do they bring back Lee for 1st? Do they move Reynolds to 1st, and pursue a 3rd baseman?
    Do they consider Scott for 1st, move Reimold to DH, and pursue another LF?
    Do they pursue another backup UTI MI with some upside?
    Do they pursue another option in CF with intent of moving Jones to LF?


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