The coming offseason

Check out my most recent column for my first attempt to convince the Orioles front office to break open the vault this winter and make a dynamic move that might put the club over the top next season. It won't be easy — and I really don't expect the O's to cough up $300 million for Robinson Cano — but there will be some quality players available on the free-agent market, and there will be teams trying to slice payroll who may be willing to deal a high-priced player for a reasonable package of minor league talent. The No. 1 priority should be an eight-inning arm (Texas' Matt Garza, above, could be an option) to put at or near the front of the starting rotation.
Jim Cowsert, MCT
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