• Mike Burke of the Cumberland Times-News writes in a column that the Orioles made good moves but that they might fall short compared to their division rivals.
So during a week in which Baltimore sports fans were in dire need of any kind of good news, the addition of Reynolds and Hardy, while hardly the second coming of Frank Robinson and Luis Aparicio, and the potential for adding another RBI producer, provides some good news.
• Steve Henson of Yahoo Sports includes the Orioles on his list of winners from the Winter Meetings.
[E]ven though Konerko and Beltre spurned their advances, the Orioles had a good week.
They gave up two intriguing arms in exchange for the powerful but maddening ReynoldsÃƒÆ’Ã‚â€šÃƒâ€šÃ‚â€¦ Not the best of weeks for the AL East doormats.
• SI.com's Jon Heyman likes the Orioles' two recent acquisitions and says more trades could be looming.
They filled their third base and shortstop holes with trades for the power-hitting Mark Reynolds for third and solid J.J. Hardy for short. There could be other deals forthcoming, as they appear to have an extra outfielder, and the outspoken Luke Scott could be trade fodder.
• Jim Armstrong of The Denver Post says the Orioles made the most dramatic facelift of any team in baseball, praising both trades and the potential signing of first baseman Adam LaRoche.
The Orioles may be the worst team in the AL East, but they're going to go down swinging.
Compiled by Mike Miller