Whatever you think of Dick Vitale in the broadcast booth, the guy is a die-hard sports fan and one of the few that frequents Rays games at Tropicana Field. Well, he and Matt Sadler.

I’ve never heard anyone in the business utter anything negative about the guy. That doesn’t mean, however, that he isn’t subject to the “propose bad MLB trades” game on Twitter.

Dick Vitale - Dickie V proposes trade between Orioles and DodgersOn Wednesday night, Dickie V threw it all out there for Dodgers owner Magic Johnson and asked if the Orioles called and were willing to trade Manny Machado for Yasiel Puig if he’d be willing to accept.

Puig for Machado? You serious?

No chance Dan Duquette is calling Ned Colletti to make that one happen. Machado isn’t going anywhere. Puig isn’t either.

As the trade deadline looms, Vitale’s bad trade proposal will become just one of very, very many. Soak it all in as the Twitter GMs help improve their favorite teams. I’m already enjoying the “Jake Arrieta and a prospect” for Cliff Lee talk. It’s great for a good laugh.

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  1. This one’s a dandy baaaaaaabbbyyyyy! A dipsey-doo, dunk-a-roo of trades!

  2. I love the fans that say “Arietta, Britton, Matusz, Gausman…they’re all overrated! We should trade a couple of them for Cliff Lee.”

    Well, if “Joe Couchpotato” thinks they’re overrated, what makes you think any GM in their right mind would trade somebody like Lee for them?

    My next favorite fan is the one that says “They need to trade for a #1 pitcher” Great. Great answer!!! My question is this “who might that #1 guy be?” and “Who are we trading to get him?”

    KC gave up their #1 overall prospect, Wil Myers to get Shields. Now, 5 months later, we expect KC to trade Shields for Arietta and Britton?!? LMAO!

    • anonymous hippopotamus

      That’s all you hear over on 105.7 The Fan. Sports talk callers are some of the dumbest people on the planet (No offense to Jabby Burns). No wonder they inspired their own Twitter account http://www.Twitter.com/IshOnTheFan

      • Hippo,

        You must be my brother from another mother.

        Keep up the great comments!

        • anonymous hippopotamus

          Twins? Indeed the similarites are undeniable! Except for the fact that, y’know, I’m a hippopotamus…

    • It’s ridiculous. Like you said, what team is going to trade a #1 or even #2 starter for what we can afford to give up? None of them. Hell, rumor has it Arizona wanted Machado AND Bundy for Upton. Imagine What they’d want for a stud pitcher. The other one I like is “we should have done more in free agency.” It’s nice to say that, but who would we have gotten? Greinke? Josh Hamilton? Free agency is a waste. Everybody gets overpaid and doesn’t end up being worth anywhere near what they got paid. We made the right decisions. Sure, I’d like better starting pitching, but we’re not getting it through trades or free agency. At least not any time soon.

  3. MGW, I love the way you mock Joe CouchPotato and the rest of us for hoping to see progress made in the roster. Let me ask you this, if you were the O’s GM for the remainder of the year, what would you do? Quit telling us how stupid we are and enlighten us with your personnel and money expertise.

    • Pole – Not sure I’d do anything, barring injury. Chen is due back soon, Britton looked good the other night, Jurrjens is waiting in Norfolk, Johnson is on the mend.

      They have to keep stockpiling the minor leagues with inventory. This team is still in NO position to give away any possible talent.

      • This is the right answer , not because it’s right but because Peter the Great won’t pay for a top pitcher even if he was offered in a trade,,,,,,,,,,,,money talks the great pitchers walk……………..

  4. The truth is probably not much could happen at this point. Pitching will be the area of concern for 2013, here’s hoping Buck can wave his magic wand and keep this thing together.

    • Aside from maybe Detroit, pitching is a concern for most every team in baseball. That’s why these guys can command so much money.

      What I was getting at is we think this pitching problem is exclusive to the Orioles because that’s the team we follow.

      A handful of teams have Aces, and you pointed out those few. The other 20-25 teams are all looking for that Ace.

      Ryan Freakin’ Dempster just got a 2 year, $26 million deal this offseason. He’s under .500 in his career and has a high 4’s ERA.

  5. I’m not setting the market on pitchers or on any position. Salaries are out of wack, baseball being the worst. Maybe your right, the way to go is to draft and develop your minor league players gut to date, the O’s don’t have a great track record in that area. They have to get better. Most of their best players are guys they lucked into getting from trades. Hammel, Jones, McClouth, Davis, Tillman. Besides Machado, who have they developed, I think Machado was a guy they got right and didn’t need to develop much.

    • We have to give Duquette a chance. None of the poor drafting can be blamed on him, at this point.

      Also kinda not fair to be critical of their drafting, yet say they “lucked out” on their trades. Their trades have been remarkable, of late. And I’d say Wieters wasn’t too shabby of a pick, either.

    • When you say the O’s “lucked out on trades” do you mean how did we commit highway robbery 2 times? How lucky Macphail was! He obviously had no idea what he was doing. Thanks for tuning in starting last year.
      Learn to enjoy your birds. Some dudes have spent a long time waiting for the opportunity.

    • anonymous hippopotamus

      Guys they didn’t “luck into” from trades: Arguably the best catcher in the AL, arguably the best closer in the AL, one of the top Right Fielders in the game that’s a pretty damn good hitter too…no luck needed with those guys.

  6. “Lucked out on trades” means when the O’s acquired Hammel and Davis, it was because the O’s were looking to dump people that weren’t working out for them. It wasn’t as if they had a need and went after someone to fill that need in a trade. Relax Jeff, I’m only providing some discussion on the organization because I’m a realist that doesn’t drink the orange cool aid. I do enjoy watching the birds thank you very much and this is my first year of being a fan so I’m trying to learn as I go along.

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