(That’s one of my favorite pictures of Manny Machado, via our awesome photographer Craig Landefeld. It’s old, but I don’t know how many more chances I’ll get to use it. So enjoy it with me one last time.)
It’s July 3, and the Orioles haven’t lost a game yet this month. They’ve only played one, sure, but we’ll take literally any tiny victory we can get these days.
The international signing period began yesterday, and you won’t believe this, but…the Orioles are the only eligible* team that has yet to sign a single international prospect.
(* – the Braves aren’t allowed to.)
— Eutaw Street Rep⚾rt (@EutawStReport) July 3, 2018
You can do the same at this link.
Let’s start there, shall we? Here’s the money quote from the above article, written by The Sun’s Eddie Encina: “The decision to pass on investing in the international market, specifically the robust Latin American market, has been a long-established decree from managing partner Peter G. Angelos, a decision made because past investments internationally didn’t bear fruit.”
Please remember that as you break out the pitchforks for Dan Duquette over the lack of international spending.
Guess who’s the only team under “Level 5: A Potential Historic Embarassement?”
This piece, from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, is behind a paywall. However, you can read the first few paragraphs for a glimpse into the continuing dysfunction of the Baltimore Orioles.
“A team that reaches a tentative agreement with Dan Duquette…might be at only step one of the process. One industry person familiar with the Orioles’ operation says any club negotiating with Duquette will also need to be in contact with Brady Anderson…”
Mike Petriello of MLB.com says that the Arizona Diamondbacks should go all in and get Manny. That is, of course, if they can navigate the obstacle course that getting a deal done with the Orioles entails.
Here’s let’s try to end on somewhat of a high note. Kevin Gausman has been his second-half self in the first half this season. That’s a good thing! Matt Kremnitzer of Camden Depot explains how Gausman has seemingly especially picked things up since altering his windup in May.