In announcing the extensions of executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter through the 2018 season, Orioles ownership representative Louis Angelos applauded the duo¿s commitment to building a long-term winner ¿ and not making a move this offseason that might jeopardize the future.
Now that the Blue Jays continue to load up this offseason -- agreeing to acquire NL Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey from the Mets pending signing him to an extension -- I¿m continuing to get questions about why the Orioles are being so quiet.
When it became apparent that the New York Mets were willing to deal 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, the Orioles had to be a consideration. But, according to one industry source, the sides decided there wasn¿t really a fit.
Showalter was announced Wednesday night as one of three finalists for the Baseball Writers' Association of America's award after leading the Orioles to a 93-69 record and their first playoff appearance since 1997.
It¿s true that the Orioles have faced a fierce lineup of arms over the past seven games, but with another dreadful offensive performance Saturday night against the Washington Nationals, their bats have suddenly gone silent.
It was Buck Showalter, along with Orel Hershiser and Mark Connor, who told R.A. Dickey in the mid-2000s in Texas that he wasn't going to make it as a big league pitcher. Unless, maybe, if he could master a knuckler.