Baltimore Orioles 2012 Offseason Recap and Preview

I know the more hardcore Orioles fans might not like it, but the highlight of their season, from a national perspective was game 162:

Grade: C+

Notable Additions:

Wilson Betemit, Luis Ayala, Endy Chavez, Armando Galarraga, Jason Hammel, Matt Lindstrom, and Pat Neshek.

Notable Subtractions:

Luke Scott, Jeremy Accardo, Jeremy Guthrie, Mark Hendrickson, Felix Pie, Jai Miller, and Ronny Paulino.

Why?: This is almost the opposite of the Blue Jays’ situation in that the best players the Orioles lost were better than the best players they gained, but ue to the sheer number of players gained, did they end up improving on their team. As for the pictures, if you don’t know, I usually put up the picture of the player I perceive to be most notable in both the addition and subtraction categories. For this entry I put up Wilson Betemit and Luke Scott.

Betemit I really have no defense of other than that there really was no player that stood out to me. I could have just as easily put any of four players up as the picture, but I was feeling indecicive and Betemit was at the second on the alphabetically ordered list and he signed for the most years of any of the players. Luke scott on the other hand, I did pick more carefully. I know that for many, the instinct would be to put Jeremy Guthrie as the pictured subtraction, but I took into account the opportunity cost of losing Scott. With Guthrie, he would have been here for another year and the Orioles would have lost him for nothing (well a draft pick, but you know what I mean). With Scott, they probably would have signed him for a few years, and they also would have been getting a better player than they saw last year where as Guthrie has a potential to improve, but would have been less likely to.

Anyway, that’s pretty much all I have to say on the subject.

Predicted Record Range: 62-67 wins I just see the rest of the division getting that much better that there won’t be enough wins for the Orioles to win more games even with their roster improvements.

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  1. Mateo Fischer

    It is sad that they have come to this. Even worse, it seemed sooo close last season. I remember it felt like they could actually be in contention when Buck Showalter had them in first place coming off that run they had at the end of last year.

  2. Red State Blue State

    Pretty sad when Wilson Betemit is a notable addition. The O’s will be stuck again this year. I feel sorry for their fans. The Orioles used to be one of the best and most respected teams in the Bigs…those days are long gone.

  3. Mateo Fischer

    It *definitely* is. It is one of the more underrated as a “hitter’s” park. That Left Field takes a ton of HRs. Camden Yards is usually among the league leaders in Home Runs for a park.

  4. Mateo Fischer

    More or less. It is amazing for getting balls during the game itself, but getting anything during batting practice is dependent on either having season tickets available or the Orioles not attracting many fans, because you really only can ballhawk in LF there.

  5. nybisons

    That is very true. Maybe the Orioles will turn things around ina couple of years, but they will have to be willing to spend a lot of money in order to become good.

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