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Why the Baltimore Orioles Are Wise to Wait to Spend Big Later
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Over the course of the offseason, Baltimore Orioles fans have hoped to see their favorite team improve through the free-agent and trade markets. The Orioles are a team with a strong core that could become a top team in baseball if that core is supplemented properly.

In short, though, the team has failed to improve on paper thus far, as it has lost multiple players to free agency and a salary dump, while adding just two guys (reliever Ryan Webb and outfielder David Lough) who project to be everyday players.

While some fans have called for the team to sign big-ticket guys, such as Shin-Soo Choo, only to see them scooped up off the market, I believe the Orioles are better off playing the waiting game when it comes to big contracts.

The Orioles need to do something to improve their team this offseason—that much isn't debatable. But they are capable of doing so without adding absurd amounts to their payroll, and they'd be smart to hesitate in doing so for the time being.

The O's should focus on smaller deals for now and wait on the larger ones. Here's why.

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