|Welcome to the 4th of 30 "2008 Team Previews", where I'm - you guessed it! - offering up a little preview of the 2008 season for each of the teams. Nothing super fancy, (I'm not writing books here munecas), just a few notes on what major moves the teams made over the winter and a thought or two on their upcoming season. I'm going in reverse order of 2007 standings, so next up is....
|Baltimore Orioles2007 Record: .426 (69-93), 4th place in AL East
2006 Record: .432 (70-92), 4th place in AL East
Who's Out: Pitching coach Leo Mazzone, Kris Benson (P), Miguel Tejada (SS), Erik Bedard (P)
Who's In: Roberto Novoa (P), Guillermo Quiroz (C), Luke Scott (OF), Troy Patton (P), Matt Albers (P), Dennis Sarfate (P), Mike Costanzo (3B), Roberto Novoa (P), Cory Doyne (P), Greg Aquino (P), Chris Roberson (OF), Chris Ray (P), Matt Albers (P), 5 prospects (in return for Bedard)
Notes: The O's are clearly in rebuilding mode, a mode I strongly advocate for teams in their position. They've suffered 10 straight losing seasons, and president of operations Andy MacPhail wisely realized that they weren't going to bust out of the streak if they kept cruising with the roster in its current state. They scored a bevy of prospects in return their big name players - Tejada and Bedard - and ditched dead weight in Kris (and Anna) Benson, which is certainly a good start towards a future winning team. Distant future.
Next up: Florida Marlins
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*PS: if you have a non-Yanks blog and want to chime in when it's your team's turn, let me know!
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