Buster Olney: Orioles “Could Be The Sleeping Giants Of The Winter”
The Baltimore Orioles built their current playoff roster through smart trades, the draft and signing their in-house talent to long-term deals. Compared to the other 29 teams, the O’s offseason could be relatively quiet as they have far fewer questions about what their roster may look like in 2013.
Sure, they need to figure out left field. Whether it be Nate McLouth (fingers crossed), Nolan Reimold or someone else. Do they pick up Mark Reynolds extension, re-sign him to a more club-friendly deal or let him walk? What about the bullpen?
Still, it’s not much when you compare Dan Duquette’s offseason to say, his neighbor to the north, rival Brian Cashman of the Yankees.
But ESPN’s Buster Olney has a different take on the Orioles upcoming offseason plans. He thinks their success in 2012 could make them want to open the ol’ pocketbook and spend, spend, spend.
They could be the sleeping giants of the winter, because their playoff berth of 2012 gave them credibility and now they have money to spend — for help at first base or in the rotation. They are viewed, among rival executives, as one of the teams most likely to make a big, pricey splash this winter.
Remember Peter Angelos did tell reporters that his team would be back next year. “They better get ready for it,” he said after the Birds fell 3-1 in game five of the ALDS.
I just hope we’re not getting ready be a repeat of the Albert Belle days. Spending on free agents is great, as long as they’re the right free agents.