Peter Angelos Finally Agrees to Roberts Trade


Orioles owner Peter Angelos has finally decided to let GM Andy MacPhail trade Brian Roberts to the Chicago Cubs.  In a privately held conversation, Angelos was said to give MacPhail permission to trade Roberts (who, as we darn well know, is Angelos' really, really, really all-time favorite baseball player) for  Sean Gallagher, Eric Patterson, Matt Murton, and another undisclosed prospect plus the HOF Yosh Kawano hat. MacPhail plans to call Cubs GM Jim Hendry tomorrow morning to tell him the good news--that their organizaton was FINALLY able to come to this MOMENTUS DECISION. MacPhail doesn't expect any other obstacles to affect this long anticipated transaction.



LOL. Nice one. We no longer want to do anything with that joke of a front office in Baltimore!

I wonder if Angelos would make the trade for the Yosh Kawano hat ONLY.

I'll bet we could get that back from the Hall of Fame.

it might take a few months for Angelos to read the medical reports on the hat (it's a really, really, really thick stack of papers)

The SCORE is reporting that it's Roberts for Harden.

Reading through all these A's fan comments, they sound really depressed with the harden trade.

I guess that makes Hendry a...


"Harden criminal"!!!! GUFFAW!


I'll let myself out.


Needs more sexual innuendo.

really dude, if you don't think you can get enough sexual innuendo from a harden criminal, you must have never been in jail... oops

Touche, my good man.

as par with too many beane trades.

i think the fan base is getting a little tired of getting 3-4-5 "mid level/scrap" prospects that eventually give them a plethora of AAAA players and guys who can hit .250 with a .350 ob%, who can't run to save their lives, play spotty D, and struggle to hit 15-20 homers.

its like having a team full of #2 or #6 hitters.

at least they can draft/trade for pitchers with great success. now they could use 2-3 legit hitters who can actually do something with the walks all around them and the pitchers who are getting their job done.

Well, Eveland and Smith are working okay. Haren sure did give them a couple of All-Star caliber seasons. I guess you do have a point, but you really can't argue with Beane's trading history. It's flawless.

Even the only clear mistake he's made trade-wise was a complete steal at the moment. Charles Johnson was coming off a decent season and looked like a pretty good 4th OF for the long run and Dan Meyer was an elite pitching prospect -- elite as in Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain elite. He broke down, oh well -- things happen. Or was it shit happens?

The AAAA players the A's use often are a result of Beane's subpar FA strategies (sure, you can't compete for first tier FA players if your owner is a tightwad and the fan base doesn't spend as much as the other Bay Area markets); see Emil Brown, Mike Sweeney and others.

yeah, it just seems pitching is about the only thing they get right...and they love to hedge their bets by picking up volume.

Funny one, doc, but aren't you a bit too busy reviewing reports of Harden's medical history to crack jokes?

ouch! pun intended.

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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

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    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.