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Connolly's Bar: What should be Orioles' top priority in 2013?

By Dan Connolly

The Baltimore Sun

10:43 AM EDT, October 23, 2012

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The doors are open at the bar again.

Heck, we can’t let a World Series go by without getting it on the big screens and try to make some money off the cheap beer.

We’re going to make this simple. Because I want a sense of where you stand heading into the baseball offseason (which will begin in earnest after the World Series ends).

What should be the Orioles’ main priority this winter? Be as specific as you like, with names of players they must acquire.  Be as general as you like, with a category or position in which they must upgrade.

Just give me one answer. I don’t want a laundry list of upgrades. That wouldn’t fit as main priority.

And the barkeep will answer his own question, too.

Initially, I was thinking a hitter with a high on-base percentage – at second base or left field. The Orioles’ lack of manufacturing runs killed them in the postseason when they couldn’t go deep against quality pitching.

But I’ve changed my mind. This club proved that you need a ton of quality starting pitching to get through a season. And even though the Orioles’ rotation has plenty of quantity, I’d still upgrade the quality. Get me a top pitcher. And the best pitcher available is right-hander Zack Greinke.

So, warts and all, I say pay Greinke, give him a long-term deal (the Orioles don’t give more than four years to pitchers, traditionally) and let Dan Duquette fill in the blanks cheaply elsewhere.

Hey, it’s not my money, right?

So what do you do?

Daily Think Special: What do you feel should be the Orioles’ top priority in 2013?