This week, general managers of MLB teams have spent their time in Orlando, Fla., discussing trades, potential signings of free agents and laying the groundwork for future deals.
Typically, not much happens at the early offseason meetings, but with the annual winter meetings just a few weeks away, things could get crazy on the hot stove.
Resources are limited, as there's only so much talent available to go around. Teams are going to need to act fast while not pulling any punches in order to do what they need to do.
After an 85-win season in 2013, the O's have proven that their success in 2012 wasn't a fluke and that they really are a good team. But the 2013 season also proved to the team that it needs to make some upgrades if it wants to reach the playoffs next season.
Namely, the O's need help in their starting rotation and bullpen, as well as left field, second base and at designated hitter. Will they fill all of those holes this winter? That's a good question.
The team has a few players in mind that they would like to target. Just like any player, there are good and bad aspects to these guys.
Since the offseason is still young, it's a bit difficult to pinpoint exactly which players are being targeted by what specific teams. Let's review what I make out to believe to be are the O's top four offseason targets.
Spoiler alert: They're all starting pitchers.