Give Dan Duquette some money to spend and he’ll come up with Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez. His choices among big-name players usually work out. That was the case in Boston, but he has not been able to use those skills in Baltimore.
Think about it. The Orioles have an excellent manager in Buck Showalter. An excellent general manager in Duquette. They have really good core players in Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis, J.J. Hardy, and Chris Davis. They have a couple of young pitchers — Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy (who underwent Tommy John surgery and won’t be available until the summer) — who could become the 1-2 punch the Orioles need in their rotation.