Theory No. 2: The O's aren't that cheap, but they are headed over budget.

This might actually be a legitimate issue. The Orioles face up to $25 million in salary increases in their upcoming arbitration cases and existing multi-year contracts, which will likely send the payroll well over $100 million. That shouldn't be a big problem with the increasing value of the franchise and revenue from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, but there is a budget and they're probably going to exceed it.

This might actually be a legitimate issue. The Orioles face up to $25 million in salary increases in their upcoming arbitration cases and existing multi-year contracts, which will likely send the payroll well over $100 million. That shouldn't be a big problem with the increasing value of the franchise and revenue from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, but there is a budget and they're probably going to exceed it.

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Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for decades. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer.

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