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Orioles must weigh competitive future in decision to pursue Yovani Gallardo, Dexter Fowler

Orioles must weigh competitive future in decision to pursue Yovani Gallardo, Dexter Fowler

No one can say the Orioles haven't made an unprecedented effort to field a contending team for 2016, but there is much more than that at stake as the front office works to add more talent before pitchers and catchers report to spring training Thursday.

The competitive future of the franchise figures to hang in the balance whether Dan Duquette completes deals for veteran pitcher Yovani Gallardo and outfielder Dexter Fowler or ends up holding tight to the large number of top-100 picks the Orioles currently are entitled to in this summer's draft.

The decision to forfeit their top two selections to sign players who rejected qualifying offers would inhibit the Orioles' attempt to...

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