Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun spoke recently with Orioles president Andy MacPhail. His club is on pace for less than 70 wins this season, but MacPhail is generally pleased with the direction the organization is headed.
"The Orioles are less than two seasons into his plan and this particular season has a very particular transitional purpose," writes Schmuck. "That's why he's not willing to rush Matt Wieters and [Chris] Tillman and some of the other top prospects into the fray. Wieters will be here in the next week or two and the others will come when the time is right, not because the club needs a marketing boost."
The O's made a couple of questionable personnel moves this offseason -- signing Adam Eaton and dealing for Felix Pie -- but the nucleus for future success would seem to be in place. Adam Jones is a budding star in the outfield and Wieters is as close to a no-doubt prospect as they come.
"Things don't change overnight," MacPhail said Friday. "We really have made more progress than what you could have reasonably assumed."
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