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Look at what MacPhail has done. He’s turned a whiny injury prone pitcher (Erik Bedard) into an All Star center fielder (Adam Jones), All Star closer (George Sherrill), and that top prospect pitcher Forrester wants to see (Chris Tillman). By the way, that deal got Seattle’s general manager, Bill Bavasi, fired.
He’s turned a steroid using shortstop who is past his prime (Miguel Tejada) into a left handed hitting machine (Luke Scott) and four arms (Troy Patton, Matt Albers, Dennis Sarfate, and Mike Costanzo).
MacPhail also secured the Orioles’ center pieces, Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis, to long term deals, and he’s got the O’s out of their garbage spring training facility in Fort Lauderdale and into a start of the art complex in Sarasota.
Eaton helped eat up time before the young arms got called up, Felix Pie still is a highly touted young talent that wouldn’t clear waivers, Ryan Freel was admittedly a bust, and Rich Hill is a fastball away from being a decent starter in the toughest division in baseball.
You want to complain about Andy MacPhail? Come back in a few years and tell me how bad he’s done.