Future Decisions and Consequences
Sure Duquette has made his mistakes, but all general managers do. The only poor contracts the Baltimore Orioles are saddled with are ones where ownership and Anderson got directly involved.
The Orioles minors are beginning to produce core position players and have some promising pitching prospects, with the majority of the drafts under Duquette.
Do fans want to see the Orioles extend players past their prime years again merely because they wore the uniform? Or how about the signing of free agents to major league contracts for millions for reserve or bullpen roles when Duquette has shown trades, and waiver claims can produce similar production for fewer resources?
Looking at his recent history, these scenarios seem like a very likely possibility if the Baltimore Orioles proceed with replacing Dan Duquette with Brady Anderson and perhaps a mentor like John Hart.
Brady Anderson was a great player and coach, and it is admirable that he wants to save players’ careers. With a limited payroll though and being in an ultra-competitive AL East Division, those traits simply don’t translate to being a successful executive for the Baltimore Orioles.
I hope that Peter Angelos instead, considers extending Duquette for multiple years if he’s willing to stay, and for the immediate future of the Baltimore Orioles and their fans.
Otherwise, if Anderson is named Duquette’s successor and he continues to “try to save em all,” he’ll doom the very team that saved his career.