But there's one problem. The Orioles have never gone wholesale rebuild. During MacPhail's tenure, the effort has been half-hearted. While the core of their team is young, they've never been bad enough to get baseball's top pick. At the same time, the Orioles appeared as if they feared the publicity backlash of being historically terrible and spent money on players they thought would make fans feel safe. Former All-Stars like Derrek Leek and Vladimir Guerrero were supposed to distract fans from how bad the team really was. Only, they worsened the problem by also being terrible, but not quite bad enough.