Baltimore can't trust Miguel Gonzalez after just one half-season.
The 2012 Baltimore Orioles defied logic by qualifying for the postseason.
Their plus-seven run differential was by far the lowest among teams that finished better than .500. Perhaps even more revealing, the O's had a negative differential through the ninth inning. Buck Showalter's crew would have finished a distant third in the AL East had it not dominated in extra frames.
In short, Baltimore entered the offseason needing to add—or at least retain—talented players to contend again, but that hasn't been the case.
Mark Reynolds, for example, provided a lot of power last summer and became very comfortable at first base. Wary of payroll limitations, the front office non-tendered him after declining to exercise his $11 million club option. Still, it's unclear why the Orioles weren't motivated to match the Cleveland Indians' $6 million guarantee.
If healthy, Nolan Reimold could be a comparable middle-of-the-order bat. Though without another major-league acquisition, this team lacks the depth to survive any injuries to its sluggers.
Too impatient to wait for Joe Saunders and too cheap to bid for Kyle Lohse, Baltimore signed Jair Jurrjens for 2013 (via Jon Heyman, CBS Sports). The rotation lacks a trustworthy veteran, as it's filled out by MLB sophomores and two others coming off breakout seasons.
With a couple months left until Opening Day, the O's are ill-prepared.