Monday's deadline for free agents to accept or decline qualifying offers from their previous teams set the majority of the offseason market, giving teams a clear idea of who they could potentially target and what it might cost to do so.
In some major league cities, the month of November is a time of optimism and rebirth, as rebuilding teams shop the free-agent market and ponder trades to improve themselves for a new season that is less than four months away. In Baltimore, we've gotten used to the more deliberate management style of baseball operations chief Dan Duquette and know not to expect a whole lot to happen before the new year.
Less than 48 hours after the Orioles' 2016 season ended dramatically in the American League wild-card game, executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter sat together at Camden Yards looking back at the year while looking to the future.
A season that began with such difficulty for Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim landed him in the playoffs in his first year in the major leagues, starting in left field and batting second in Tuesday's American League wild-card game.
When reliving seasons from Baltimore baseball history, 1996 tends to get short shrift. Twenty years have flattened fans' memories of those Orioles to a passel of home runs and an ill-timed catch by a 12-year-old boy in the stands at Yankee Stadium.