Orioles Setting A Dangerous Precedent With Physicals (Circa Gallardo): Fowler Leaves To The Cubs
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Wow, didn’t see that coming did you Orioles brass? Dexter Fowler leaves his deal with you guys and re-signs with his old team in Chicago.
I have to wonder if the way things went down with Yovani Gallardo didn’t weigh on Dexter Fowler’s mind. The track record for Free Agent’s having deals going south is about a 50/50 proposition with the O’s.
In one way I am disappointed that Baltimore didn’t land Fowler, because I think that deal would have definitely narrowed the gap in the AL East.
While Peter Angelos and the brass in Maryland still landed Gallardo, the damage of waiting may also have cost them in not zeroing in on closing the deal with Fowler.
With the way the O’s are flunking Free Agents in physicals over the last several years (Grant Balfour), Grady Sizemore, and the way they acted with Gallardo, it may serve a warning shot for everyone across the MLB world to never ever sign in Baltimore.
I am pretty sure if you took an MRI on any pitcher – you could find something wrong. You might say that Baltimore is just being cautious in the money they dole out. I would reply “some club is always the worst out of the 30 for PR” with the players.
It will not even matter if Baltimore turned out to be right in the long run (like they were with Balfour and Sizemore), the way this is being perceived is setting a dangerous precedent. Players talk to each other.
Lots of the MLBPA will not see the way the O’s chiseled a guaranteed year – and up to $15 MIL for that 4th year out Gallardo. It looks bad, and the repercussions may end up worse than if the club signed the man, and he fell apart physically.
Matt Wieters is going to be gone for sure. Manny Machado may out price himself in the next few years.
If you are the Orioles you can’t stop trying to acquire a Starting Left Fielder here. Go and trade for Jay Bruce, or at the least maybe ink Austin Jackson. That is if you are not going to blow it up by your pending physicals forthcoming.
From some of my friends who I have talked to in Baltimore, the fan base is pissed about the latest events that have happened.
It sucks because Camden Yards is a fantastic place to watch a game. Oh, well, at least when the team is wallowing the AL East this year – $5 tickets on Seat Geek will be there to be had.
While Fowler may not have acted 100% in good faith in his dealings with the Orioles organization, who the hell could blame him?
It looks like his agent Casey Close has said the main reason why the CF rejoined the Cubs was because Chicago is giving Fowler the option to be a Free Agent again after this upcoming season, while the O’s would never agree to that, having to forfeit a 1st RD pick just to land his services.
It is time for the Orioles to regroup and activate plan D. There is no reason to be patient here. Perhaps if they are able to land a guy like Jay Bruce in a trade, he may provide similar offense to what Fowler would have.
Fowler was going to look great as a leadoff hitter.
Maybe Baltimore could call the Atlanta Braves to re-acquire Nick Markakis? Having Hyun-Soo Kim, Nolan Reimold, Mark Trumbo and Ryan Flaherty receiving the lionshare of LF and RF duty is brutal when you have to compete in the AL East.
Peter Angelos, while looking half decent at times this for the winter for spending money, has a franchise that still doesn’t have single game tickets available for purchase – as they held down the same routine last year – when you couldn’t buy individual games ticket until mid March.
More bad PR for the fans to digest as most other clubs have already opened their ticket windows up.
Back to the drawing board fellas.
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Posted on February 25, 2016, in Free Agency, MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis and tagged Atlanta Braves, austin jackson, baltimore orioles, Camden Yards, Casey close, chicago cubs, Dexter Fowler, grady sizemore, grant balfour, Hyun-Soo Kim, ian desmond, jay bruce, mark trumbo, nick markakis, Nolan Reimold, peter angelos, ryan flaherty, yovani gallardo. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.