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All the players extended qualifying offers decline and are now free agents, the O's bullpen could look drastically different next season, and the Manager of the Year award is bestowed

Man...they sure do throw the ball fast
Man...they sure do throw the ball fast
Rob Carr

Baseball Prospectus | One Move: American League East
Missed this last week, but BP takes a look at their top priority for each club. The O's is no surprise.

School of Roch: Changes coming to Orioles bullpen

Does it really need an overhaul? Natural regression alone could likely make the current group look reams better next season. But there are superfluous assets there who's value can be better utilized in a trade. Particularly the bulk of LOOGYs the organization currently boasts.

Thoughts and observations: Duquette on the GM meetings, Chiti and 'The Oriole Way,' Showalter being honored - baltimoresun.com

Laying groundwork. Working hard to identify players. More meetings. etc...

Orioles could look at non-tender candidates | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore

The complete free agent pool isn't established just yet. More options are coming.

To Trade an Ace, or to Trade Rick Porcello | FanGraphs Baseball

Interesting stuff from the always excellent Jeff Sullivan

Clint Hurdle, Terry Francona named Managers of the Year | HardballTalk

Congrats to them. But we all know Hurdle had nothing to do with the Pirates turnaround. It was all Andrew_G voodoo, which he stole from the 2012 O's.

MLB’s top fastball hitters - GammonsDaily.com

Thor struggles with elite velocity. Interesting.