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.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

2 Comments

  1. MGW

    October 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Totally agree Zach.
    There’s a number of fans who want the Orioles to be like their Fantasy Baseball teams. They quote fancy sabremetrics stats as if that translates to wins. I’ve never seen a season in which “run differential” became more important than “Wins” and “Losses”. But again, I attribute that to guys sifting through their Fantasy teams and then somehow making them think they are qualified GMs.
    I’m all about “not standing pat” and trying to improve the team, but NOT at the cost of team chemistry.
    If they can make a splash without it being for an outfielder chasing demons or a pitcher who has stability issues, then go for it.
    BJ Upton in left? I’m all for “Bossman Junior” camping out in LF. There’s a number of other guys who I’d like to see, as well, but not at the cost of becoming a team of individuals.
    Look where free spending got the: Yankees, the Red Sox, the Dodgers, the Tigers, the Rangers, the Angels.
    Gotta be smart!

  2. Les

    November 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    When’s the last time Buster Olney has been right about anything? As for Angelos spending money on FAs this off season, I’ll believe it when I see it.