1.) The front office (or ownership, actually) is serious about keeping a winner on the field.
Already this offseason, the Orioles have made it clear that re-signing Chris Davis is the number-one priority. That means the first nine-figure deal in club history will be on the table. The Orioles should have a good chance to bring Davis back, especially if they write him a blank check. It might take six years and $150 million to keep Davis, but the Orioles need to cough up the dough for the league’s best home run hitter.
Besides Davis, the Orioles have already been linked to Alex Gordon and Yovani Gallardo. Ben Zobrist is another name the Orioles could pursue to fill out their outfield. Somehow, some way, the Orioles will attempt to re-sign Davis and a mid-tier starter or an outfielder. If Davis takes an offer elsewhere, it would not come as a surprise to see the Orioles roll his money into another big-name free agent like Justin Upton.
Regardless, the front office has made it clear that an 81-81 season is not good enough. Peter Angelos may finally be warming to the idea that he is in his eighties and would like to see his club win a World Series title at some point in his life. To keep pace with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox, the Orioles will have to stay aggressive this winter. There are plenty of reasons to be thankful for those who back the Birds, but seeing management show a willingness to do whatever it takes to keep a winning product on the field tops the list.