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Similar in 2016, Orioles and Mariners took separate paths this offseason

Similar in 2016, Orioles and Mariners took separate paths this offseason

Entering this offseason, there was a sizable contingent of Orioles fans who thought that the way the team lost in the wild-card game, and got to the postseason in the first place, was so flawed that anything short of a full reshuffling on the fly would constitute lack of progress in the offseason.

There was the matter of the team’s speed and outfield defense problems, to say nothing of the thin farm system that could be injected with talent if they took advantage of a possible trade market for stars Zach Britton and Manny Machado.

Instead, they held the fort, bringing back Mark Trumbo, adding Welington Castillo and trading for Seth Smith in an offseason that is proving to...

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