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Despite few holes to fill, Orioles still searching for an identity this offseason

Despite few holes to fill, Orioles still searching for an identity this offseason

Just as they began the offseason, the Orioles sit in the first week of January with few holes to fill and most of last year’s playoff team returning. But for a team that brings most of its core back in 2017, the Orioles can very much be considered a team in limbo as far as its identity goes.

Will the 2017 Orioles continue to be like the franchise’s recent teams, reliant on power? Or will it bring a group to Sarasota, Fla., that adds a renewed commitment to improving its on-base potential, adding speed on the basepaths and being sound defensively across every position?

There are still 5 ½ weeks until pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 13,...

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