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Major league baseball's best, worst farm systems |
Baseball America and SI have rated the 30 ML teams and the O's come in at the 6-15 range. Not much said about them, but at least they're not the Blue Jays. -Stacey

Trembley talks Winter Meetings -
"If someone has a question on a player, he wants me to give my opinion and he lets me ask about the things we think are important like player makeup, work habits and how this guy could fit in. You spend a lot of time in that room meeting with clubs." -zk

Opening Day 4-Pack | Tickets
The Orioles are once again selling the Opening Day 4-pack. It's how I've gotten my OD tickets for the past few years. I know OD tickets aren't that hard to come by, but $50 gets you an upper deck seat to OD plus 3 games, and $100 gets you a lower reserve seat to OD plus 3 games. -Stacey

Hot Stove News: Phillies Ink Polanco
They signed him to a 3 year deal with an option for a 4th and will move him from 2B to 3B. -Stacey

More Hot Stove: Angels' owner not quite ready to see Lackey go - MLB News - FOX Sports on MSN
Rosenthal speculates that the Angels are now serious about trying to retain John Lackey—if only to keep the improving Mariners from signing him. -zk

Crede Flying Under The Radar Again?
FanGraphs takes a look at Joe Crede's value. His name has been mentioned as a possible 3B solution for the O's in 2010. What do you guys think? Worth it? -Stacey

For now, Jim Johnson is staying in the pen
Turns out the O's were discussing turning JJ back into a starter for 2010 but have decided against it. I'm glad about that. -Stacey

Nets Chase 1988 Orioles | For the public, by The Public
With their 18th consecutive loss to start the season, the Nets have set the NBA record, and are just 4 losses away from eclipsing the Orioles for all four major sports. Of course, the Nets only play 82 games, so 18 losses to start the year is much worse than 21 in the MLB. -Stacey

Perhaps the laws of physics cease to exist on your stove. Were these magic grits? Did you buy them from the same guy who sold Jack his Open Thread?