The Astros organization that produced the Orioles front office is coming under scrutiny this fall, and tanking is never popular. Neither will dissuade Mike Elias that rebuilding the way they are is "the only avenue available."
Right-hander Dylan Bundy, one of the longest-tenured Orioles and a former top prospect who had long worked to live up to his potential, became another piece of the team’s continued teardown as he was dealt Wednesday to the Los Angeles Angels for four pitching prospects, according to an industry sources.
Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias reflects on one year in charge in Baltimore, touting the work done in the first season while noting it's not always a linear progression of improving.
In the Orioles' effort to protect their own pitching prospects and cover the major-league staff as they go forward with their rebuild, they could look at these minor-league free agents who came onto the market this month.
The Orioles could have a bigger bonus pool in the 2020 draft than 2019, one of many reasons the team's offseason priorities will be much more focused on the future than the minutiae deadlines that fill the next few months.
The Orioles began to churn their roster ahead of the offseason by claiming infielder Pat Valaika from the Rockies and outrighting pitchers Luis Ortiz, Josh Rogers, Ryan Eades, and Tayler Scott to Triple-A Norfolk.
While the Orioles' bullpen made headlines for its spectacular failures in 2019, their closest comparable group -- the Washington Nationals -- are trying to make a similarly challenged group work in the World Series.
New Orioles director of player development Matt Blood's first month on the job has been mostly about setting philosophy for the organization, and it's clear his ideas align with those of Mike Elias and Sig Mejdal.