Free Agency

With Machado out sick and Britton back for trade showcase, Orioles return home to find future inevitable

With Machado out sick and Britton back for trade showcase, Orioles return home to find future inevitable

The Orioles’ return Monday from the weekend's four-game sweep in Toronto featured enough reminders of all the trappings that come with the worst record in baseball, even before the team faced off with the Boston Red Sox, who entered the night with a major league-high 44 wins.

Whether it's the stir that leaving a sick Manny Machado out of the lineup caused before the reasons became clear, or the open acknowledgement that the returning Zach Britton is going to be showcasing himself for possible trades, the Orioles are at the point where what's happening off the field is taking center stage over what's happening on it.

A week after executive vice president Dan Duquette implied...

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