Only die-hard Baltimore Orioles fans might be aware that the O's front office has been very busy this offseason, and their 40-man roster looks different than many might have imagined at this point in the winter.
All offseason, sports writers have been speculating what moves general manager Dan Duquette will be making to improve the Black and Orange in order to compete in one of the toughest divisions in the majors.
First base has been a major topic of conversation in the absence of Mark Reynolds after he signed with the Cleveland Indians in December. The starting rotation is always a question mark for the Birds and this offseason is no different. They need a proven veteran presence that can lead and teach the young hurlers.
However, none of this has really been accomplished. Although, the Orioles have added other personnel.
Duquette and the front office has changed the look of the roster with eight new additions, but I don’t think they’ve added the type of players they need in order to bring a competitive team to Baltimore next season.
If I were to grade this offseason’s moves thus far, it would not be very favorable for Duquette. I would give them a "C" at best. Although, the O's have made moves and added depth in some positions
(infield---not including first base---and outfield), they have failed to add where help is really necessary.