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Progress

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

A flurry of activity has gone on at the warehouse in recent days. The signing of a pitcher from Asia started it all. And then there was the trade with the Cubs for Felix Pie, who will be our regular left fielder it seems. And it was just announced that the team has finalized a long-term deal with team centerpiece Nick Markakis. Good news for Birds fans!

Any true Orioles fan will tell you that the last decade has been difficult. The changing managers, the lack of star players, the obstinate owner, and the sub .500 seasons. We all know far too well the bad signings (Albert Belle, Sammy Sosa), the long losing streaks, and the declining attendance at Camden Yards.

I firmly believe that Andy MacPhail knows what he is doing. And while he might not be making the huge signings or trades at this point, his baseball acumen is helping him build for the future. Getting rid of Tejada and Bedard after 2007 was brilliant. Build from within via the draft and smart trades. Anyone remember the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays? They did it right and staying the course is the only way to compete.

The AL East is brutal. New York, Tampa, Boston are all currently superior teams compared to Baltimore. It will take time, but how much longer can we fans endure the losing?

As the off season continues, we shall see if the front office has any more tricks up the sleeve. On my wish list, another pitcher or two. I guess for the moment, it remains a "wait and see" approach.

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