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Orioles need to improve, not just get healthier, in 2015
Orioles need to improve, not just get healthier, in 2015

It's going to be fairly easy for the Orioles front office to rationalize its inability — or unwillingness — to re-sign Nelson Cruz, the 2014 Most Valuable Oriole. But it's going to be hard to make the case that the Orioles aren't going to miss him unless club vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has something up his sleeve this winter other than a couple more minor league free agents. Cruz, who reportedly agreed to a four-year, $57 million deal with the Seattle Mariners on Monday, played a critical role in the most successful Orioles season since 1997 and seemed to be a good chemistry guy in the clubhouse. He led the major leagues in home runs and...

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