When the Baltimore Orioles arrive for workouts in Sarasota, FL., they'll feature a core of talent that has won 178 games over the last two seasons.
Considering that the franchise hasn't had consecutive seasons with as many victories since 1996-1997, optimism should abound for the 2014 Orioles.
Yet, due to a confounding offseason, middle-of-the-pack payroll and the loaded American League East, the Orioles don't enter spring as one of baseball's most talked about rising teams.
In reality, second- and third-place finishes, respectively, over the last two years is a major accomplishment for a franchise that finished fourth or fifth in the AL East for 13 of the previous 14 seasons.
While the Orioles may seem to be a team unwilling to go the extra mile for glory, there's reason to be excited about the 2014 season in Baltimore.
Can they realistically compete in the AL East? With the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays all looking like 85-plus win teams, it won't be easy.
The next six weeks will give Orioles fans a glimpse as to what their team will look like in April.
As the roster descends on Ed Smith Stadium, here's a spring training preview for the 2014 Baltimore Orioles.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted. All contract figures courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts. Arbitration numbers and projections courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors. Roster projections courtesy of MLB Depth Charts.