As Peter Schmuck writes, the team has semi-intentionally left itself a three-year window to win. 40% of the team’s likely 25-man roster will reach free agency after the ’09 season. Orioles VP Jim Duquette describes it as partially design (built around the Tejada contract) and partially coincidence.
So in the winter of 2009-10, the Orioles will have the perfect opportunity to do something different. I hope they act with some conviction at that point instead of what they’ve been doing lately.
Jorge Arangure Jr. names the core for the 2010 season: Billy Rowell, Brandon Erbe, Pedro Beato, Daniel Cabrera, Nick Markakis, Chris Ray, Adam Loewen, and Hayden Penn. Do they Orioles start a complete youth movement at that point?
Or do they dive headfirst into the free agent market and bring in a name to rival Tejada? The free agent class after the 2009 season includes Jason Bay, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Holliday, Victor Martinez, Brandon Webb, and Dontrelle Willis. The Orioles could bring in some major star power with all the free cash.