There are two schools of thought on the relative inactivity of the Baltimore Orioles this offseason.
The first is that the O’s are content with building from within and avoiding the big-ticket signings that plagued them for much of the past 15 years.
The Orioles found some diamonds in the rough last season with Nate McLouth and unproven Taiwanese pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, and they’ve done a much better job in developing prospects as well. Manny Machado is here to stay, and L.J. Hoes, Dylan Bundy, Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman and Xavier Avery clearly represent the future as well.
However, from the other side, a section of the fanbase is pulling out its hair as it watches the inactivity.
Those fans see holes that need to be filled (second base, DH, veteran starter). A reliance on Brian Roberts to be totally healthy in 2013 is a failed way of thinking to these fans. A tandem that includes Wilson Betemit and Chris Davis at DH is also not the solution. Also, having a dozen or so arms competing for five rotation spots is nice, but having a veteran arm to lead the way would have been nice as well.
For those legions of fans, the inactivity was not what they envisioned after making the playoffs for the first time in 15 seasons.
The first group is right; the Orioles didn’t need to jump into the free-agent pool and overpay for players.
But the second group is spot on as well because doing nothing solved nothing.