Andy MacPhail Isn't Happy With the Orioles' Offense
And he doesn't just mean juggling the team's lineup either. According to MacPhail, if a few of the team's players don't start producing, then they're going to be going on a field trip to the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk.
"There is going to come a time where we're going to be obligated to keep making changes in terms of offensive personnel and they're going to get the opportunity to head to [Triple-A] Norfolk and hone their swings because they're not doing anything to help us now," MacPhail told the Baltimore Sun. "I would say there isn't a great deal of time left before they have to start doing more than what they're doing now. I'm not staying with them forever. It's not a suicide pact. They either have to start performing or they'll go to Norfolk."
While he didn't name names, odds are some of the prospective demotees are Luke Scott, Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold. Jones has the highest batting average of the bunch at .225. Jones is also the biggest disappointment of the bunch, as he's coming off of a season in which it seemed he was emerging into the star the Orioles thought he'd be when they got him from Seattle as part of the package for Erik Bedard.
Jones hit .277 with 19 homers and 70 runs driven in last season.
It's hard to know for sure if MacPhail is serious about demoting players to the minors if they don't get their acts together soon, and you figure that things have to balance out at some point, but I don't think any of them are that willing to find out.