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Orioles Roundup: Albert Pujols clubs two home runs as Angels cruise past O's

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Orioles Roundup: Albert Pujols clubs two home runs as Angels cruise past O's

The Baltimore Orioles fell to the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 Saturday afternoon. Here's the latest Orioles and Angels news.

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Dylan Bundy's record fell to 1-5 Saturday as the 26-year old gave up three runs in five innings of work. Bundy allowed two more home runs in the loss, bringing his season total up to 11 after he gave up an MLB-high 41 homers in 2018. 

Dwight Smith Jr. drove in both of Baltimore's runs on a two-run shot in the first inning. The 26-year old outfielder is now hitting .280 on the season after a 2-for-5 day at the plate Saturday. 

The Orioles gave Renato Nunez the day off Saturday as he struggles to get out of a slump. Nunez has collected just four hits in his last 48 at-bats. 

After a brief stint in the minors, RHP Jimmy Yacabonis was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk Saturday. To make room on the roster, Baltimore optioned RHP Evan Phillips to Norfolk. 

ANGELS:

Albert Pujols went 3-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored Saturday, taking Bundy deep in the first and fourth innings. Shohei Ohtani also chipped in with two hits and a run batted in. 

Luke Bard got the win for the Angels after tossing 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Matt Harvey. Harvey pitched four innings of two-run ball before he was pulled. Hansel Robles set the Orioles down in order in the ninth to close out the win. 

Injuries: 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

Coming Up:

Sunday 5/12: Angels @ Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Monday 5/13: Orioles @ Yankees, 6:35 p.m., Yankee Stadium 

Tuesday 5/14: Orioles @ Yankees, 6:35 p.m., Yankee Stadium 

Source: Rotoworld

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What could the Orioles have done differently with Manny Machado?

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What could the Orioles have done differently with Manny Machado?

Brooks. Cal. Eddie. Frank. Earl.

For most Orioles icons, last names aren’t necessary. That will never be the case for Manny Machado.

In failing to extend the most purely talented player in franchise history, the Orioles cost themselves not just another one-namer for Legends Park, but also a chance to stay competitive and reload, rather than be forced into a rebuild.

With the benefit of hindsight, every organization in baseball would love to make certain moves differently. Machado should have either been an Oriole for life or the centerpiece to a franchise-altering trade.

Instead, the front office held on too long, removing the most valuable asset teams covet: years of control. As a result, the O’s found themselves with a star they couldn’t afford and a league unwilling to pay them top dollar for a rental. Halfway through a lost season, in which the team was out of playoff contention by June, the Orioles had no good options.

So, what could they have done differently? The most obvious answer is to avoid the situation entirely.

It’s no surprise to hear the front office bungled negotiations with Machado throughout his time in Baltimore. Reports suggest they were interested in an extension but scared off after multiple knee surgeries (both of which came on fluky injuries). Other reporting claims the sides came close to an extension, but Peter Angelos balked at a difference of $10 million.

Chump change for a man like Angelos, and it may have been all that kept Machado from sticking around.

Make no mistake, the Orioles, who once went more than *1,000 days* without reaching out to their best player to discuss an extension, put themselves in this unenviable position. What could they have done differently? Just about everything, especially in the years leading into 2018.

2012 and 2014 provided incredibly memorable postseason runs that Baltimore fans will never forget. They were fun, exciting and worthy of the resources put into those teams.

But 2014 was four years before the end of Machado’s contract, and the team was never close to contention again. Instead of recognizing when it was time to start over, GM Dan Duquette decided to make trades for other team’s rentals, giving up talented players for veterans who never moved the needle. He decided (or was forced by ownership) to pay an exorbitant amount to Chris Davis, the archetype of a slugging first baseman who in the course of baseball history has never aged well.

The lack of self-evaluation cost them value in the short term and wins in the long term, and it added up to completely take them out of the running to keep Machado.

Which brings us to the trade itself.

The Orioles received OF Yusniel Diaz, SP Dean Kremer, INF Rylan Bannon, RP Zach Pop and INF Breyvic Valera from Los Angeles last July in exchange for Machado.
Five guys is a lot to get back for one, but the truth is, the haul looks underwhelming. Diaz is the only player to appear on any top 100 prospect lists, and even he brings split opinions among evaluators. It doesn’t help that he’s struggled mightily since joining the organization. Kremer is the only other one who looks like a future contributor.

In an era of baseball in which star power is more important than ever, the Orioles settled for a top 100 prospect defined by his floor rather than his ceiling, with no more than depth pieces behind him. Sure, there’s value in depth, especially considering the state of the team’s farm system. But no player the O’s got back will ever come close to the success Machado found in Baltimore, and that’s disappointing.

It’s even harder to swallow when comparing to other recent deals. Just two years earlier, the Yankees brought back Gleyber Torres for three months of Aroldis Chapman. Manny Machado, an infinitely more valuable player than Chapman, topped out with Diaz.

It’s hard to say what they should have done differently without knowing the offers on the table, but it’s clear the O’s weren’t willing to pay part of Machado’s salary or take back any bad contracts, moves that would have brought additional prospects. For a team with no designs on competing anytime soon, and therefore no reason to invest big money in the big league club, that’s another disappointment.

The Machado trade was the most important move in recent memory for the franchise, and they let a lame duck GM coordinate it. When asking what could have been done differently, this is hard to ignore.

It rarely works out to have someone make major decisions for which he or she will not be around to suffer the consequences. Duquette wasn’t trying to sabotage the franchise with this move, but his vision probably doesn’t coincide with Mike Elias’. If ownership knew they weren’t retaining Duquette’s service after the season, which seems like a safe bet, why let him orchestrate such a critical trade deadline?

It all comes back to a disturbing lack of foresight with decision-makers in the organization. Hindsight may be 20/20, but foresight shouldn’t require a microscope. It was obvious to all who followed the team where this was headed, yet the Orioles continued to dig themselves into a hole, and no one came to bail them out.

Considering the situation they were in, the trade doesn’t look like an abject disaster. It certainly could have been worse. But it would have been nice to see the team go after some players with higher upside.

Nicer still would have been avoiding the situation altogether.

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Orioles Roundup: Andrew Cashner earns seventh win this season

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Orioles Roundup: Andrew Cashner earns seventh win this season

The Birds seemed more like spring chickens as they topped the Seattle Mariners. Here are the news and notes from the West coast victory.

Player Notes:

  • Andrew Cashner came to win. After allowing an RBI double in the bottom of the first, the 32-year-old pitcher didn't see another hit until the sixth inning. After six, Cashner's WHIP is down to 1.31 and ERA at 4.37.
  • Jonathan Villar absolutely rocked Seattle. His home run ninth home run of the season gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning. On two steal attempts (one successful), he stole his 15th base of the season.
  • Although he went 1-for-4, Anthony Santander's two-run home run off Gerson Bautista extended the Orioles lead by two in the sixth inning. Santander tallied his seventh RBI in the past 16 games on his second homer of the season.

Injuries:

  • SP Josh Means (shoulder): 10-day IL, status uncertain

  • OF Trey Mancini (elbow): sidelined, day-to-day

  • RP Josh Lucas (shoulder): 10-day IL, out indefinitely

  • OF DJ Stewart (ankle): 10-day IL, out indefinitely

  • SP Alex Cobb (back): 60-day IL, returns in 2020

  • SP Nate Karns (arm): 60-day IL, out indefinitely

  • DH Mark Trumbo (knee): 60-day IL, out indefinitely

Coming Up:

Sunday, 6/23: Orioles @ Mariners, 4:10 p.m. ET, T-Mobile Park

Tuesday, 6/25: Orioles vs Padres, 7:05 p.m. ET, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Wednesday, 6/26: Orioles vs Padres, 3:05 p.m. ET, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Source: Rotoworld

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