Orioles basic supervisor Mike Elias spoke with journalists (together with MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko and The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham) on the GM Conferences about a few of Baltimore’s wintry weather plans, because the membership appears to construct on its unexpected 83-win season.
Whilst Elias famous that “we’re now not going to move from 0 miles an hour to 60 miles an hour in a single offseason,” he left surely that the O’s are transferring past their multi-year rebuild technique.
“Our goal this wintry weather is so as to add to the most important league roster for the aim of having into the playoffs. We predict that this crew is able to, optimistically, incrementally take steps ahead. We’re in win-now mode.”
This implies including some established large league ability to a roster this is nonetheless lovely younger and quick on revel in.
Alternatively, between those more youthful avid gamers and different best possibilities bobbing up from a deep minor league pipeline, Elias famous that “now we have inside avid gamers at virtually each spot that we predict are fascinating, and I feel that gives us with some flexibility with which avid gamers we cross after. We’ve were given some positional flexibility with our present workforce and that makes for a state of affairs the place we don’t have an overly explicit recipe of which positions the avid gamers have to come back in.”
MLBTR’s Darragh McDonald explored a few of Baltimore’s choices in his fresh Offseason Outlook piece, reminiscent of an infield image that has Gunnar Henderson (who may play 3rd base, 2d base, or shortstop) as the one true certain factor heading into 2023. On paper, the Orioles may stand pat with a beginning infield of Henderson, Jorge Mateo, Ramon Urias, and Ryan Mountcastle, with the latter 3 avid gamers most likely rather appearing as placeholders till the following wave of infield possibilities are able.
Or, Baltimore may gain a brand new on a regular basis choice at one of the most infield spots, most likely by means of buying and selling from that infield surplus.
As Elias famous, “we’ve were given numerous fascinating starters. However they’re now not guys who’ve a monitor report of being front-end-of-the-rotation starters. If we’re in a position to move out this wintry weather and get extra veteran walk in the park, that might be large. We’re going to be out available in the market for that, evidently.”
Re-signing Lyles additionally isn’t out of the query, as Elias reiterated that the Orioles’ determination to say no the right-hander’s $11M choice was once extra about timing than any dissatisfaction with Lyles’ efficiency.
“This can be a large trade with large cash, and every so often it simply doesn’t line up on the date that we need to make those choices,” Elias mentioned. “For us, with this contract with this membership choice, it was once the 5th day after the Global Sequence and we simply weren’t able to convey him again in that method in that time limit. … I feel that he’s going to have an excellent loose agent revel in himself, and we’ll simply keep in contact as a result of I do know he preferred it right here and we preferred having him.”