The Orioles' top arbitration-eligible players got about what they were expected to get, which is a sign that the club wanted to avoid any contentiousness with a group of popular players the Orioles would like to keep around beyond their arbitration eligibility. It remains to be seen whether team officials will stick by their vow to go all the way to hearings with Kevin Gausman, Brad Brach and Caleb Joseph.
Will the game remember Zach Britton for the 47 saves in 47 chances, the 0.54 ERA in 67 innings over 69 games, or his exclusion from the top three vote-getters for the American League Cy Young Award and the immediate — maybe long-term — shift in relief pitching philosophy that was the defining storyline of the playoffs after Showalter didn't use him?
The news that Orioles bullpen coach Dom Chiti was leaving the club to take a developmental position with the Atlanta Braves was a surprise for many within the organization. That leaves the Orioles in need of not only a replacement for pitching coach Dave Wallace, but also a new bullpen coach.
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.
The national narrative that developed after the Orioles' dramatic loss in Tuesday night's wild-card game was what the late, great broadcaster Howard Cosell liked to call "a piercing look into the obvious." Orioles manager Buck Showalter lost his magic touch at just the wrong moment — when God and a national television audience was watching.
Sunday's 5-2 win over the Yankees capped a tense week where the Orioles faced playoff elimination. But they won two of three games each in Toronto and New York after struggling all season on the road -- they were just 35-40 away from Camden Yards heading into the final two series.