Baltimore Orioles: 7 Moves the Orioles Must Make Now to Start Contending

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Baltimore Orioles: 7 Moves the Orioles Must Make Now to Start Contending
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When the 2011 baseball season began back in April, there were plenty of reasons to be intrigued with this current Baltimore Orioles ball club.

Their young pitchers appeared ready to establish themselves, their trades last offseason looked like they would bolster their lineup, and their signings of stop-gap veterans Vladimir Guerrero and Derrek Lee added even more excitement.

This all came after a very strong end of the season where Baltimore went 34-23 after the addition of Buck Showalter as manager.

After a solid start to the season, the Orioles stand 20 games below .500, and almost everything that could have gone wrong has.

Their young pitching has been horrible, and the additions of Guerrero and Lee have not paid off, although the latter was traded to Pittsburgh on Sunday.

There is still hope, however, for the Orioles to not only contend a few years down the road, but perhaps even sooner.

Here are the seven moves that the Orioles need to make in order to do so.

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