I was bringing up some inventory from the storage room in the basement of our new digs, when I found a dusty old bottle and opened it.
Out popped a genie who said he'd grant one wish that he will force on Orioles GM Andy MacPhail (hey, like how I used inventory, MacPhail's favorite word, and MacPhail in successive sentences?).
Being a man of the people, I have decided to pass this honor onto you, my beloved patrons.
Here's the deal: You get to pick one move that MacPhail must do right now to improve the Orioles. Yes, that can be firing manager Dave Trembley or a member of his coaching staff if you feel that is the No. 1 priority. Yes, that also means you could make MacPhail step down.
You also could tweak the 25-man roster, replacing a struggling reliever or an underperforming hitter. You could make a trade, too. But you have to be realistic. You can't send Garrett Atkins to the St. Louis Cardinals for Albert Pujols or Matt Albers to the New York Yankees for Mariano Rivera.
One thing you can't do is mess with ownership. The genie is powerful, but his authority stops at the GM rung. It doesn't go any higher (or lower, depending on your perspective). Listen, I want your opinion on things that could actually happen this year to better the team. Not the same old vitriol directed at the same old person.
So, if the genie gives you one move to make right now, what would it be? Obviously, one move can't fix this mess. But that's all you get. This is a genie with an attitude.
(And if you think the genie thing is stupid, just remember, you are the one who stepped into a fake bar.)
Daily Think Special: You're GM for a day. Make one move to better the Orioles.