And they got third baseman Danny Valencia from the Red Sox for infield depth and to hit against left-handed pitching.
But that's not going to do it for Orioles fans. That's not going to make anyone's pulse quicken.
Duquette points out that the Orioles have a pretty good team right now.
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"The core of our ballclub, which is improved more than any other big league team, is returning," he said. " [Matt] Wieters, [J.J.] Hardy and [Adam] Jones won Gold Gloves. After we brought up [Manny] Machado and McLouth, only one team won more ballgames than the Orioles the rest of the way."
Fine. But it's still no reason to stand pat.
Since the beginning of the off-season, Orioles fans have been teased with a steady drip of rumors about big-name free agents the club was pursuing.
The Orioles were supposedly interested in Lance Berkman, and he signed with the Texas Rangers. They were said to be interested in first baseman Adam LaRoche, but they were apparently reluctant to give up the first-round draft pick it would have cost to sign him, and he just re-signed with the Washington Nationals.
Now they're supposedly going after Mike Morse, the Nationals' first baseman-outfielder, which would be a great move. (Love the guy, but Chris Davis as the starting first baseman scares me.)
But — stop me if you've heard this before — the asking price for Morse is said to be too high.
That's the Orioles' future right there. Every GM in baseball would cut off his right arm to acquire one of those players.
But sometimes you have to give up value to get value. And if the Big Three of Machado-Bundy-Gausman is off-limits, there are other ways to get a deal done.
I'll respectfully disagree with Duquette. If the Orioles stand pat, they're only fooling themselves. And they're not giving themselves the best chance to go to the playoffs again.
What are the odds of this team going 29-9 in one-run games as it did last season? Or winning 16-extra-inning games in a row again? Or having the bullpen have a season for the ages again?
That's why it's time for the Duke to make a few moves.
Way past time, if you ask me.
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