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Letter: Enough of Duquette giving away Orioles talent

Orioles players celebrate Matt Wieters' RBI single in the ninth inning of their opener against the Minnesota Twins at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore Monday, April 4, 2016.
Orioles players celebrate Matt Wieters' RBI single in the ninth inning of their opener against the Minnesota Twins at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore Monday, April 4, 2016. (DYLAN SLAGLE/CARROLL COUNTY TIMES)

Dear Sports Editor:

I wonder how many sports fans are tired of hearing about all the great moves Orioles general manager Dan Duquette has made during his time with the Orioles? Are you as tied as I am seeing one of the worst starting staffs in all of baseball?

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What a staff to choose from talent that he really gave away! Jake Arrieta (18-game winner in 2016, Cy Young in 2015) and Pedro Strop (long reliever) for a rental of two months. Eduardo Rodriguez ... for another two-month loaner for Andrew Miller. Zach Davies, an 11-game winner, for Gerardo Parra (now doing poorly for Colorado). Davies is a starter in Milwaukee.

Ariel Miranda for Wade Miley. He let Rich Hill go, who was the ace of Oakland's staff until recently traded to the Dodgers. Wow!

Can you imagine a staff to choose from in Arrieta, Rodriguez, Davis, Hill, and Miranda, Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, and Chris Tillman, and Darren O'Day, Brad Brach, Mychal Givens, Zach Britton, and Donnie Hart.

Of course we will have Ubaldo Jimenez, Yovani Gallardo, and Miley.

I suppose it's time to pick up another over-the-hill starter.

Can we now see why attendance is down? Can we now see that our minor league talent is one of the worst in baseball?

Time to sign another free-agent slugger for one year and see him go to another club, a player whose best position is DH (and we have many).

If the Orioles want an exciting team and great fan turnout, have good starters, speed on the base paths, and small ball consisting of bunts, steals, hit-and-run, and sacrifices.

The end-of-season blowout by Boston, and the record strikeouts earlier against Houston, shows real talent versus a mediocre talented team.

I will still be rooting for the Orioles, but it's difficult to see all this talent practically given away and doing so great with other teams.

Doug Harrell

Hampstead

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