Depth of talent in Orioles' farm system should pay off
This spring, the Orioles' player development personnel have many reasons to be excited. The system has greatly improved over the last few years, even while graduating Manny Machado to the Major Leagues. Pitchers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Eduardo Rodriguez all rank among MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects.
How do Orioles' prospects fit Baltimore's needs?
This series is designed to evaluate the role prospects play in each Major League organization, looking at the short- and long-term needs of each club and illustrating how prospects fit in both scenarios. Here's my look at the Orioles.
Schoop impressing on, off field at O's camp
Coming off a 2013 season in which Jonathan Schoop played in the spring's World Baseball Classic for Team Netherlands, debuted in Triple-A, was sidelined for six weeks with a back injury, made his Major League debut as a September callup, and played in the Arizona Fall League, it would be easy to think the 22-year-old took a nice long breather this winter. Not exactly.
The Maryland Air National Guard is set to lose its attack aircraft, but should be getting its airlift capability back, officials said Tuesday.
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With respect to the news, we are living in a time of upheaval. I haven’t seen current numbers, but I think far more people get their news from Yahoo than from the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, etc. Unfortunately, Yahoo News is at least as biased as the more traditional liberal news sources. Today there was a classic example of Yahoo’s misleading news coverage. This is a screen shot of what I saw on Yahoo News this afternoon:
A striking headline, to say the least: “Debate crowd cheers letting uninsured die.” Really? Really? Someone, somewhere, is dumb enough to believe that, but I’m not. So I looked up what really happened. It starts just before the five minute mark in this Ron Paul highlight video–I know, but it was the only place I could readily find that had the exchange in its entirety–when Wolf Blitzer asks Dr. Paul what should happen if a young man chooses not to buy health insurance and then contracts an expensive ailment. Paul began by saying that this is the essence of freedom–the ability to take risks. This answer got a lot of applause, as it should. Blitzer followed up by asking whether “society” should then let the young man die. Yahoo told its uncritical readers that the “debate crowd cheer[ed] the idea of “letting [the] uninsured die.” But that isn’t what the crowd cheered at all:
Paul answered Blitzer’s question “No.” By my count, three people yelled “Yeah” in response to Blitzer’s question, should “society” let the young man die. Paul’s answer was actually good: he said that when he was practicing medicine, the churches took care of indigent patients, and “we never turned anyone away.” That got another round of applause. “Society,” in other words, includes much more than the government.
So what really happened is that the “Tea Party” crowd cheered two things: 1) the proposition that people are entitled to take risks and the government should not be counted on to solve all problems, and 2) churches and other private groups should pay medical bills when an improvident individual can’t. This was transmuted by Yahoo into “Debate crowd cheers letting uninsured die.” This is the sort of ignorant prejudice against which conservatives struggle every day.
Colts announce Arthur Jones has signed (ProFootball Talk on NBC Sportsa)
Arthur Jones is leaving Baltimore for Indianapolis. The Colts announced just 45 minutes after free agency started that they have signed Jones, a defensive lineman who has played his entire four-year career with the Ravens. “We are happy to announce we have agreed to terms with defensive lineman Arthur Jones,” Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson…
Arthur Jones leaves Ravens for Colts (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)
As expected, defensive lineman Arthur Jones has left the Ravens, confirming on Twitter that he has signed with the Colts. According to NFL Network, Jones five-year contract is worth more than $30 million. The Ravens have known for weeks that Jones would command more on the open market than they were willing to pay. Jones is coming off his best season, and wanted to test the open market.
Need a quality left tackle in free agency? You're already too late (Shutdown Corner)
Free agency began at 4:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, and by 4:15 the top four free-agent left tackles were off the market.
They played a giant, expensive, hilarious game of musical chairs.
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The Miami Dolphins signed Branden Albert instants after the start of free agency for five years and $46 million.
Moments later, the Arizona Cardinals locked up Jared Veldheer for five years and $35 million.
The Oakland Raiders, having lost Veldheer, signed Rodger Saffold to a contract. For a mind-blowing five years and $42.5 million.
And it appeared that the Baltimore Ravens, having seen the carnage in the market, found a way to lock up Eugene Monroe. Terms were not immediately available.
Fifteen minutes, four signings, more than $120 million dollars worth of left tackles gone. Wow.
The biggest losers in this, other than the Chiefs (who lost Albert), are the Raiders. What were they thinking? Saffold was benched as a left tackle in St. Louis and went for more money than Veldheer. And they have him playing guard, by some reports. Just ... wow.
If you throw in the signings of guards Shaun Lauvao (Washington Redskins) and Zan Beadles (Jacksonville Jaguars), it's clear that the big men are the big winners in the first hour of free agency.
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Adding TE Daniels would make sense for Ravens (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)
The Ravens are a possible landing spot for tight end Owen Daniels, who was released Tuesday by the Texans prior to the start of free agency. Daniels played for Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak when he was Houston's head coach. The Texans saved $4.5 million in salary cap room by cutting Daniels. Daniels only played five games in 2013, with 24 catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns.