After the Orioles signed Yovani Gallardo, it was clear they were in it to win it for the 2016, 2017, and possibly 2018 timeframe. This situation was made even more clear when the team (apparently, anyway) signed Dexter Fowler as well. In between the two moves, I wondered what it would look like if the Orioles’ plan failed and they had to rebuild.
Rebuilding has been all the rage lately, what with the Astros and Cubs making the 2015 postseason on the heels of a handful of rebuilding years. This past offseason the Phillies and Braves committed wholeheartedly to similar rebuilds, and the Brewers look to be heading in that direction as well.
The day before I posted the article, news of the Dexter Fowler signing broke. I knew that having my article post the day after this would mean I’d catch some flak for being a hater. And so I did. The day after my article, the deal fell through and Fowler re-signed with the Cubs instead. Welp.
After that move, my article hopefully looks less hateful and more realistic. Front offices must always have ideas for what to do when things don’t work out and they must be as rational as possible about these ideas. I don’t see my piece as being a hater; rather, I see it as being thoughtful.
But that’s just me speaking; I’m obviously biased 🙂