Previewing the Orioles' Offseason (Ep. 84)
So begins an uncertain winter that should see the O's make a number of changes.
No one really knows what this offseason will bring for Major League Baseball or its teams. The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the players and team owners is set to expire in December, a point at which the hot stove is rather tepid. A work stoppage could hault all player movement and clouds whether or not a 2022 season will happen on time or at all. But for our purposes, let’s act as if all is normal, and think about what the Orioles might do in the months in front of them.
As of this writing, the 40-man roster has already been whittled down. But (of course!) this episode was record prior to the flurry of moves earlier this week. Even still, many of the arguments put forth hold strong.
Mike Elias and his crew are going to be active. That may not end in them signing Carlos Correa, but it should include a major league deal or two and a roster that is more intriguing than what the team ended with in 2021. A low bar, I know.
Some of the biggest question marks are around what notable players the Orioles move out of the organization. Anthony Santander could be on the trading block, as could Trey Mancini and D.J. Stewart.
Beyond that, fans will be interested to know what is done to address a pitching staff that was struggling to survive a season ago. John Means is locked into the rotation, but little else is certain. A major league deal or two to add innings would be appreciated.
With several of the organization’s highly-regarded prospects nearing major league-ready, Baltimore’s roster needs to improve in a big way. That won’t happen in one fell swoop, but it should inch forward before the team reconvenes in Sarasota this spring.
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