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The Pirates seem to be done rebuilding. Could the Orioles be far behind?
Orioles management must be well aware of the success of both the Pirates and Nationals this year.
Both franchises went through a lengthy rebuilding process. J.J. Hardy could have commanded a good price on the trade market.
Orioles fans have to believe that if the team did not believe the rebuilding process was almost over, management would have found a willing buyer.
The Orioles offense is full of potential with Hardy, Jones, Markakis, and Wieters. Andy MacPhail and the powers that be must believe that this team can be a winner within three years, otherwise Hardy would have been traded.
The Orioles are left to wait on their young pitchers to mature, but they have locked up a key cog for their offense in Hardy.