The Baltimore Orioles have traded Jim Johnson, a top closer in baseball for the past few years, to the Oakland A's for second baseman Jemile Weeks, who spent more time in the minor leagues than the majors last season ("As Johnson leaves for Oakland, Orioles look for new answer at closer inside, outside club," Dec. 3).
Really? While majority owner Peter Angelos is a savvy businessman, I do not understand why he allows his team to wallow in the wading pool while the Red Sox and Yankees are going after the deep water, free agent sharks.
The other general managers and owners in the American League East division get it: They spend money to make money. Why not Mr. Angelos and his wealthy little corner of the baseball world?
With the plentiful revenues from the MASN network, one would think that Mr. Angelos has the financial means to swim with the Red Sox and Yankees.
In addition to finding a top tier starting pitcher and everyday left fielder, the Orioles now have the task of searching for an accomplished closer. New acquisition Jemile Weeks is not going to be handed the second base job.
Ultimately, the majority owner has the monetary ability to keep the Orioles ball club from slipping back into the doldrums of mediocrity.
As rabid Orioles fans know all too well, once that occurs it has a nasty habit of sticking around for a very long time.
As a lifelong O's fan of 50 years, I implore Mr. Angelos not to let mediocrity be the legacy of his team and his tenure as owner.
Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham
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