Woof. The Orioles did their major business last offseason in mid-February, signing Ubaldo Jimenez on the 19th and Nelson Cruz on the 24th — one of which worked out. This time around, there are much slimmer pickings on the late free agent market, and after losing the major leagues' leading home run hitter in Cruz and a veteran stalwart in Markakis, Baltimore's only real option for corner outfield help (to be fair, the Orioles' only position of legitimate need) is the trade market. There are teams out there, specifically the Padres, who have an outfield surplus, but dithering through a winter that included rumors of Dan Duquette leaving his GM post to go to Toronto has left the Orioles in a position where the roster looks set to enter 2015 worse than 2014, even with the eventual returns from injury of Manny Machado and Matt Wieters. Consider the trade for Travis Snider to play right field and the re-signing of Delmon Young to, in the most optimistic best-case scenario, be a poor man's Cruz at DH and left field, less than inspiring.