Again, I'll start with something that certainly won't appeal to the masses. If you're expecting the O's to be players on any of the top remaining free agents -- and really, why would you? -- don't hold your breath. For several reasons, ranging from the players' unwillingness to come to a losing organization to the Orioles' unwillingness to match their asking price, the Orioles aren't legitimate suitors right now for Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth, Carl Crawford or Adrian Beltre. Sure, this the "No Duh" tidbit of the year, but I thought I'd mention it again because it seems there is a small segment of the fan base that expects Beltre to become an Oriole. Look, things could change and Beltre, who apparently doesn't have a Boston return in his future after today's Adrian Gonzalez trade, could suddenly warm to the idea of being an Oriole. The Orioles also could strike out in their other pursuits and decide to make a huge offer to any of the players above, but they'd have a heckuva lot of ground to make up.