3.) Can the Orioles reel in a big fish?
The Orioles are definitely serious about their plans to spend big this winter. A $150 million offer (possibly $168 million) to Chris Davis shows as much. They’ve moved on from that offer for now, however. The front office met with Justin Upton’s agent at the Winter Meetings, and the Virginia native should be viewed as a great fallback option for the Orioles. Pedro Alvarez could be of interest to take over for Davis at first base. Alex Gordon is a left-handed bat, something the Orioles will be sorely lacking if they lose Davis. Adding a mid-tier starter is another move the Orioles will likely work on the rest of the winter.
After an 81-81 season on the heels of a division title, it appears Peter Angelos is finally serious about opening the checkbook and spending money to bring a championship to Baltimore. There are plenty of big names still on the market who would fit in well with the Orioles, but it could come down to cost. If the Orioles want to make a splash this winter, they will have to be prepared to spend big. Right now, it appears they are, but that could change.