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With the unpredictability of free-agent contracts, Orioles see benefits of patience

With the unpredictability of free-agent contracts, Orioles see benefits of patience

The Orioles have gone a long way toward shedding their reputation as a free-agent-averse organization, but the recent re-signing of Mark Trumbo and the likelihood of 2017 being another record payroll year doesn't really make it any easier to predict the makeup of the team beyond the upcoming season.

If you recall, there was a time just a couple of years ago when it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that pending free agents Chris Davis, Matt Wieters and Wei-Yin Chen would be headed out of town because of the huge contracts they all anticipated signing after the 2015 season.

The Orioles just weren't a $100-million-contract kind of franchise, and all the indicators were pointing...

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