The Baltimore Orioles have had a front-row seat during the New York Yankees record-setting spending spree this offseason. Not to mention, Orioles fans are just a few months removed from watching three different American League East rivals make the postseason, while Baltimore sat on its rear end and watched the playoffs. Also, if that wasn’t gut-wrenching enough, the Boston Red Sox wound up winning the 2013 World Series.
Needless to say, the Orioles have got to be frustrated with just about every team in the division making positive news. For crying out loud; the biggest news out of Orioles camp this offseason was an attempt to sign Grant Balfour that ended with a failed physical — Balfour signed with the rival Tampa Bay Rays earlier this week.
So what exactly is Baltimore waiting for? Beats me. Thankfully, it looks like Orioles general manager Dan Duquette is very close to making a move in free agency. Baltimore needs pitching if it hopes to hang with the aforementioned AL East stalwarts, and luckily there are still some arms available on the open market.
Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana and Bronson Arroyo are all among the tier-one starting pitchers as each would be able to step right in and give Orioles manager Buck Showalter quality innings from day one on. Furthermore, the offseason is running out and if the Orioles can’t find a way to better themselves in the next few months then it’s going to be a longer summer over at Camden Yards.