Previewing the Orioles Offseason Plans | Ep. 117
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The cold weather has arrived, Thanksgiving is in the rearview, and all arrows are pointing towards 2024. As great as this last season was in Birdland, the 101-win Orioles ultimately fell short of their end goal, and they left us all with something of a sour taste following their unceremonious and swift exit from the playoffs. Make no mistake, 2023 was a success, but it also encourages us to want more moving forward.
That felt like something worth pod-ing about, and that is just what the boys have done as Tyler, Jesse, and Eli sit down to review a November of (relatively minor) moves and preview the Orioles offseason ahead.
Fortunately for our hosts, it’s been a slow start for the Hot Stove in both Baltimore and beyond. A few notable names have changes places, but most of the pieces that fans are hoping to see in the orange and black next year remain in search of their next destination.
That includes trade candidates like Corbin Burnes and Dylan Cease. The latter could be move as soon as this weekend with the Orioles said to be in the mix. Either one would represent an upgrade to the team’s pitching staff, but the prospect package required to make it happen is not something Elias has done during his time at the helm.
Elias has also claimed to be searching for back-end bullpen help. All-world closer Félix Bautista is going to miss all of 2024 recovering from Tommy John surgery. While Yennier Cano was a wonderful surprise, it’s clear that reinforcements are needed in the late innings. Once again, that isn’t something Elias has looked to spend much on to this point, but coming off an AL-regular season could change his tune.
Would adding a starter and a reliever be enough to push this Orioles team beyond the Divisional Round in 2024? Could the offense use a little help? Are any of the team’s prospects “untouchable?” The guys discuss all of that and more in this week’s episode.
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