Despite free-agent opportunities, the Orioles made poor offseason decisions when addressing on-base percentage.
Despite pitching to contact, Richard Bleier’s dominant performance so far this year is one bright spot in a rough start for Orioles relievers.
The Orioles and the Minnesota Twins were at the bottom of the American League in quality starts in 2017. The Twins chose to invest more money than the Orioles to address their problem.
Trey Mancini and Tim Beckham might be the Orioles’ best bets to give the team a slight boost in three-baggers in 2018.
Saving money on free agents and not extending contracts for arbitration-eligible players are significantly shrinking the team’s payroll for this year and beyond.
Darvish’s six-year contract with the Cubs could set the market for longer deals among the remaining free agent starters. The Orioles still don’t want to go beyond three-year offers.
A pitch clock and limited mound visits are planned for the upcoming season. Spring training games and All-Star game will give a running start in extra innings.
Buck Showalter confirms that the team is talking contract details with a particular free agent right fielder. Jarrod Dyson and Jon Jay seem to be the most likely candidates.
The Orioles don’t look to be spending big on free agents this offseason. If they’re going to spend money, they should try to extend Jonathan Schoop.
Since the Orioles don’t plan of filling the rotation with top-tier pitchers, they have money to spend elsewhere. Trading Machado would leave a gaping hole at third. Is Mike Moustakas an answer?