pitchers and catchers get ready to report to
tomorrow, we take a look at what other media outlets have to say about the team.
"This will be the 15th season since the Orioles last appeared in the playoffs, but there are few signs that they are moving in the right direction, or that they have established the kind of organizational bedrock needed to build in baseball's toughest division. Dan Duquette has replaced Andy MacPhail as general manager, and the list of what he needs is long:
pitching, more pitching, even more pitching and a wave of position prospects.
"It appears the Orioles will get little return from the $20 million they will pay
over the next two seasons, and
will be eligible for free agency after the 2013 season. What needs to happen for the Orioles is a complete turnaround from
, who had a disastrous 2011 season, and more development from
. Prayers could be useful, too."
"What used to be a Baltimore staple in the 1970s and '80s has been difficult to replicate in recent years. The Orioles' starting pitching staff needs to be rebuilt. Baltimore's No. 1 pick in 2011,
, offers a good start. The Orioles must continue to develop pitching from within, and even consider trading Adam Jones for arms if necessary"
"The Orioles aren't hopeless. But it's difficult to imagine how they're going to restore the luster to this once-great franchise until Peter G. Angelostakes the first step off baseball's skid row.
"He's got to admit he has a problem and ask for help.
is ready any time the Orioles' owner is willing to swallow his apparently inexhaustible supply of pride and make his best effort to give Baltimore a winning baseball team again."
"So let's see ... the following pitchers might have a chance at the starting rotation: Zach Britton (very safe bet [Note: This was written before news of Britton's continuing shoulder inflammation]),
, Brian Matusz,
, Dana Eveland, Wei-Yin Chen, Tsuyoshi Wada,
. That's quite a mix of pitchers to sift through, but the job isn't over with yet, because we have to look at the bullpen.
"Three pitchers --
-- will compete for the closer job, with
andDarren O'Day also being part of the bullpen mix. Of course, guys like Simon, Hunter and Bergesen will get a shot in the bullpen if they miss out on the rotation, too. There are more ... but I already named 17 pitchers vying for 12 spots."
"Matusz was the fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft and rated the No. 5 prospect in all of baseball prior to the 2010 season and was the pre-season favorite for the Rookie of the Year. He had a slightly disappointing, but fairly typical series of rookie ups and downs that season, but finished strong, going 7-1 with a 2.18 ERA and 3.25 strikeout-to-walk ratio over the season's final two months.