Depending on how much money the Orioles are willing to part ways with in order to make a couple of significant upgrades, their pitching outlook is grim.
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The Baltimore Orioles have acquired minor league pitcher Konner Wade from the Colorado Rockies for international signing bonus slot money.
The O's are in desperate need of pitching help, as always. This free agent would be a good mid-rotation bet for a club looking for pitching but unwilling or unable to compete in the Yu Darvish-Jake Arrieta market.
The Orioles reportedly are having internal discussions as to whether they will move Manny Machado to shortstop in 2018.
Baltimore is reportedly looking at free-agent right-hander Lance Lynn as it seeks to shore up its starting rotation.
The timing might not be right to get a big return for its star closer, but Baltimore could be left with no choice but to trade him this winter.
Baltimore is reportedly eyeing the right-hander, who became a free agent after declining a qualifying offer from the Rays.
Jeremy Hellickson could return to form by rediscovering his changeup, while Welington Castillo's bat helps to make up for his flaws elsewhere.
Baltimore is reportedly interested in veteran righty Tyler Chatwood after the Orioles finished with the worst starter ERA in baseball last season.
The Orioles appear to be willing to trade star closer Zach Britton this winter, with the Dodgers among teams reportedly interested.
To Mancini's absolute credit, his power is real and he can use it to all fields. But power is only truly useful when there's consistency, which doesn't look to be part of the slugger's game.
GM Dan Duquette is in the final year of his contract (as is skipper Buck Showalter), and going all in makes for a much sexier swan song than launching a rebuild.
Hitting free agency in the prime of his career, Manny Machado figures to command a huge deal on par with Bryce Harper's. Zach Britton will also be in demand if he rebuilds his value next year.
The Orioles seem highly unlikely to trade Machado or Britton, but they should. Both are going to be free agents in 2018, and neither is likely going to stick around in Baltimore.
They played meaningful baseball in August, but they didn't beat pessimistic projections this year and likely won't next season either.
The Orioles reportedly could pursue Jason Vargas and Andrew Cashner as they look to fill multiple rotation holes.
The construction of the 2018 Orioles is officially under way. What's their biggest need? Which one move would you like to see them make?
Please raise your hand if you saw Mancini going from 13 home runs with Norfolk in 2016 to 24 this past season with the O's. His competition is the Yankees' Aaron Judge and the Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi.
Orioles catcher Welington Castillo has declined a $7 million player option for the 2018 season, opting to become a free agent.
Assuming he declines his $7 million player option, Welington Castillo is worth $10 million a year if you value all of his production together. His limited track record could affect his earnings, though.
Using ZiPS, the early prognosis at the start of MLB's offseason churns out some interesting predictions for the AL East race.
The O's fell apart in September, going 7-21 to finish with their worst record since 2011. You never want to bet against Buck Showalter, but it's hard to see Baltimore competing in the AL East.
Mountcastle's bat stays hot
Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle delivered another big game for the Arizona Fall League's Salt River Rafters in their 8-2 win over the Mesa Solar Sox on Tuesday. The 20-year-old 3B homered (his third in AFL), scored two runs and batted in three more in the contest.
Mundell, Wilkerson came to play on Monday
Rockies prospect Brian Mundell and Orioles prospect Steve Wilkerson paced the Salt River Rafters with two runs apiece in an 8-4 loss to the Mesa Solar Sox. First baseman Mundell is hitting .250 in 13 Arizona Fall League games, while infielder Wilkerson is averaging .300 in 11 games.
The Orioles made preliminary contact with two of the team's potential free-agent pitchers, Chris Tillman and Wade Miley.
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