3 teams having worse offseasons than the Detroit Tigers

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Baltimore Orioles

Shortly before the end of the 2022 season, Orioles' GM Mike Elias said the team planned on making "significant additions" (subscription required) to the payroll in the offseason. Personally, I was excited to see what Baltimore was going to do.

It makes a ton of sense why now would be the time for them to strike. They have a budding core of C Adley Rutschman, OF Cedric Mullins, INF Gunnar Henderson, and more. They surprised the baseball world by winning 83 games in 2022. If they could add a star to this team, they could be serious contenders for the next few years.

So let's check in on what they've done so far. On Dec. 3, they signed SP Kyle Gibson to a one-year deal. On Dec. 15, they signed 2B Adam Frazier to a one year deal. This past Wednesday, they signed reliever Mychal Givens to a one-year deal and traded for Mets' C James McCann to back up Rutschman.

...That's it? That's the big offseason you promised your fans? Do you know how uninspired these signings are? What a huge disappointment.

I'd be livid if I were an Orioles fan. A free agent like Carlos Rodon or Xander Bogaerts would have been huge for this team. A veteran star to add to a young roster would have been the cherry on top.

Mike Elias is a smart guy. He comes from the Astros, after all. He probably knows what he's doing. Like Scott Harris here in Detroit, he's probably hampered by cheap ownership. But you don't make huge proclamations like that and then give your fans this.

Rutschman and Henderson are both stars in the making. Mullins is a great player. Ryan Mountcastle can rake. This team has a ton of young pieces. This would have been the perfect time to make a huge splash in free agency.

Now if they end up trading for someone like Rafael Devers or Bryan Reynolds, then we can forgive the lackluster signings to this point. But so far, this offseason has been a massive disappointment for the Orioles.

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