Oliver Drake

How the back end of the Orioles roster came to define their 2017 season

How the back end of the Orioles roster came to define their 2017 season

While the Orioles’ roster maneuvering can become a punch line over the course of a six-month season, with constant changes required to keep the pitching staff afloat, this year's bevvy of transactions actually tells a pretty coherent story.

From their Opening Day roster to the bloated one at the end of the season, the last one or two spots on the Orioles roster traces the team's path from contention to despair, then back to relevance before a September collapse.

Whether it's a luxurious array of bench options or a short bullpen, how the Orioles used the back of their roster is a unique way to examine a season that eventually went sideways.

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