• Jun

    Taking in the big picture before the draft

    Joe Jordan was going to meet with Andy MacPhail and Mr. Angelos today before the draft to get a final feel on the direction this off season.

    The feeling is that Joe prefers a bat with Alvarez and Smoak being at the head of the class, but that Matusz would be the pitcher if he gets an indication that the O's will persue Mark Texiera hard this off season.

    So before you get too upset if Matusz is the first pick, let's remember the big picture. If Matusz is a legitimate #2 and possibly number 1 starter in the big leagues, and the Orioles have their sites on Texiera this off season, then it might make more sense to go with the pitcher than the first baeman.

    Just a few things to think about before our first pick.

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