By: Noah Wright
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The Orioles currently 23-53, and currently have the second worst record of all MLB teams. It also doesn’t help that many players on their pitching staff, and line-up are getting older, and declining. The rest are either at the end of their contract. Their only players that they can rely on somewhat are Jonathan Schoop, Trey Mancini, Dylan Bundy, Chance Sisco, and Kevin Gausman, and half of them have not had a good season this season. So with The Orioles future looking bleak right now, what’s next for The Orioles?
Well first, they need to assess their situation. Like I said, they have a ton of underperforming players, and the rest are on the last year of their contract. Their farm system is also fairly shallow. According to mlb.com, The Orioles have just 1 prospect in the top 100. Austin Hayes has done underwhelming this season, and so has Hunter Harvey.
Next they need to trade off some of their players. I’d first trade off guys in the last inning of their contract. This includes likely top sought after trade target Manny Machado. Brad Brach, Zach Britton, along with Adam Jones are all on the last year of their contract, and will also be on the trading block too. I think they should also look to trade some players like Schoop and Mancini, since they’re young, and though aren’t doing well this season, had very good seasons last season. Trading off some young players could really help kick start a rebuild.
Right now, The Orioles are in a tough spot. They’re in no shape to contend, and are in a tough division headlined by The Red Sox, and Yankees, along with The Blue Jays who could be ready to compete by next season. To add on, they have a weak farm system. They have no other choice than to enter a rebuild. If they start to trade off players in the end of their contract, along with some younger players with control left, The O’s could kickoff their rebuild with a good start.