Long time no see! Since the winter is drawing to a close, we figured it was time to hop on the mic and digest all of the moves the Orioles made (or didn’t) in our first episode of 2023.
In case you missed it, Mike Elias swapped out one trio of veterans for another with the additions of Kyle Gibson, Adam Frazier, and James McCann. He also boosted the bullpen with the return of Mychal Givens. And he even gave the rotation a little love with a trade for Cole Irvin.
It was not the dream offseason many of us envisioned. The starting staff remains without an obvious ace, although the promotion of Grayson Rodriguez could result in such an outcome. And the lineup is deeper overall but still feels a bit shallow in the power department. But all in all, the Orioles are better in February of 2023 than they were in October of 2022. For a team that just missed out on a playoff spot by a couple of games, that could be significant.
Some other good vibes came from the minors, where the Orioles once again received high marks from all over the industry. 11 different prospects made their way on to various Top 100 lists, and the organization as a whole is viewed as one of the most talent-rich in the sport.
Of course it wasn’t all good news. Another development this offseason was a total breakdown in public relations between ownership and the fanbase. John Angelos had a weird press conference, the lease at Camden Yards expires in December, and the MASN case continues on. All of that could be resolved sometime this summer, but it does take away from the warm fuzzies for the time.
You can see now why we needed two hours for this episode. We tackled it all.
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