AL East: Each team’s biggest offseason need

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Baltimore Orioles: Clarity

The Orioles offseason will be very difficult to predict. Chris Davis is the big domino that can send the team one of two ways. If Davis comes back, the Orioles will likely spend on either a mid-tier outfielder like Denard Span or Dexter Fowler. Gerardo Parra could also return. Another mid-tier free-agent starting pitcher could be considered for a rotation that had only one regular with an ERA under 4.00, Wei-Yin Chen, who is as good as gone.

If Davis walks, the Orioles plans become a bit more hazy. There are big ticket free agents on the market like Alex Gordon, Justin Upton, Ben Zobrist, and Jordan Zimmermann who seem to be very good fits for what the club needs. A lot of teams with deeper pockets also have needs that could be addressed by signing any one of those players just listed. If the Orioles cannot land Davis, it will be hard for them to land any of the top players on the market. At that point, what do the Orioles do? Sit on the three picks they could stand to grab via free-agent exits? The Orioles could still look to add mid-tier options like Brett Anderson, Marco Estrada, or Mike Leake, as well as the same outfielders mentioned while focusing on getting an extension done for Manny Machado.

The Orioles are at a fork in the road coming off an 81-81 season with a lot of roster uncertainty. As Yogi Berra said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Not sure what Yogi meant, but for the Orioles the fork can lead to another postseason appearance or the start of a minor rebuild. Either way, clarity is needed for the Orioles.

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