Sporting News/ESPN baseball dude Ken Rosenthal's newest Inside Dish column talks about Jason Schmidt and the Orioles. From the article:
So, basically, this anonymous scout still has the same worries about Schmidt I do. A dip in velocity is a big problem and Schmidt seems like a huge risk considering the package it would likely take to get a Proven Ace Pitcher.
Rafael Palmeiro was also mentioned, as he says that retirement is "a realistic possibility" at the end of this season. I would think so, yes.
I also found the following to be one bizarre thing to read:
Ricciardi had nothing to do with building those A's teams, I don't think.