There are lots of theories about Buck Showalter's decision to move Manny Machado to shortstop, but it might be pretty simple. He wasn't comfortable with Tim Beckham at the infield's most pivotal position.
Despite the uncomfortable position they've found themselves in with star third baseman Manny Machado, absent trading him away to a contending team or re-signing him to a crippling extension, there's not much the Orioles could have done to avoid it.
After missing most of the 2017 season with various injuries, Orioles closer Zach Britton will be out at least the next six months with a ruptured Achilles suffered while working out Tuesday in California, according to multiple industry sources.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Thursday on the team's offseason radio show that they'll remake the rotation to contend, not rebuild, in 2018, and addressed the futures of Manny Machado, Zach Britton, and Jonathan Schoop with the ballclub.
While fans and analysts call for the Orioles to look to trade the likes of Manny Machado and Zach Britton, they ignore the fact that they're generational talents the club should be thankful to even have now.