Orioles season preview: 14 questions for 2014 [Pictures]
Manny Machado's recovery, Chris Davis' home run tally and more questions to ponder as Baltimore preps for Monday's Opening Day at Camden Yards.
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Back to Birdland( Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun / March 25, 2014 )
Things did not start well for the O's.
At the beginning of the offseason, fans voiced their displeasure with the Orioles on radio airwaves, message boards and social media as the club worked patiently to make improvements.
After missing the playoffs last year despite a second-straight winning season, Orioles supporters grew increasingly frustrated as the club traded star closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics and his potential replacement, Grant Balfour, failed a physical that voided his two-year agreement with the team.
But shortly after the Orioles headed south for the start of spring training in Sarasota, Fla., the club made a few free-agent signings to dramatically change the outlook for the 2014 season.
Expectations skyrocketed after the team signed right-handed pitchers Suk-min Yoon and Ubaldo Jimenez, as well as outfielder Nelson Cruz, within a two-week stretch in mid-February.
Following those moves and the club's minor league deal earlier this month with veteran left-hander Johan Santana -- who is rehabbing from left shoulder surgery and likely won't be able to help the Orioles until June -- fans seem to be itching for the start of the season March 31 against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards.
So with Opening Day in our sights, it's time to take a look at 14 questions for the 2014 season.
-- By Dean Jones Jr/The Baltimore Sun