There was a handful of teams interested in him but he chose the O's and it was a wise decision that Im sure Boras steered him towards. Matt Wieters is one of the best catchers in the game and if he makes the club at some point and time, he could get JJ back on course as well as anybody. Rick Peterson is still with the team isn't he? His track record is pretty good at getting pitchers back on track. The AL doesnt know JJ as well as the NL does and what better way to try and re establish him and his market.
Also, making that big signing would likely mean we will not be able to sign Matt Weiters to a long term deal.
Looks like Skins now understands why the rest of us were disappointed a few weeks/months ago. After Swisher went elsewhere I think most of us gave up on the idea that we were going to get someone good. But just because the Os didn't add a more useful piece or two doesn't mean that Jurrjens is useless.
Kakes is under contract until 2015 (club option) but Roberts, Wada and Hammel are free agents in 2014. That's 21 million right there although we may decide to keep Hammel. Then again, this year we lost Gregg, Lindstrom and Reynolds and we ended up spending the saved money on arbitration raises and fringe free agents. Five million for Wieters, three million for Hammel, Kakes, JJ and Davis and two and a half million for Jones really adds up.
It isn't clear who is right about contracts as we'll have a lot of holes after this year. We still need a long term answer at second base, left field, dh and possibly four guys for the rotation. That stated, if Flaherty/Schoop/Casilla can fill the hole at second, McLouth/Avery/Hoes can fill the hole at LF, Reimold/Betemit can fill the hole at DH while our young pitching (Bundy, Gausman, Matusz, Britton, Tillman, Gonzo, Johnson, Jurrjens, Arrieta, etc) can fill the holes in the rotation and bullpen then we'll have about 25 million to play with in 2014 after arbitration assuming we stay around the 90 million dollar mark. Obviously I doubt that all of this will happen but it's possible that one or two will.
This team needs more talent and didn't get it in FA. Kelly Johnson would have been a nice addition. Clearly, there wasn't interest in spending money possibly because they question the ability on this roster. Nothing to do now but hope for a trade (and we don't really have that much talent to trade) or hope guys progress. There isn't much talent in the minors but what talent there is happens to be where we're weakest. I guess it makes sense to see if any of it pans out before going shopping in 2014. Of course, there's not much to get in 2014 unless you want a pitcher.
I suspect Skins is right about Bundy. Makes sense to start the season with a rotation of Hammel, Chen, Tillman, Gonzo and one of Britton, Matusz, Jurrjens and Arrieta. Whichever one does best in Spring should get first shot. Tie goes to Britton.