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The Orioles improved over the 2020 season, and 2021 will be a chance to get an extended look at players that debuted in 2020. That includes in the starting rotation and the outfield, as well as players both on the current rosters and in their Minor League pipeline.

“While this maybe sounds a little strange for a team that was in fourth place last year and hasn’t been shy about saying it’s rebuilding, I look at the players already on our 40-man roster, or who are soon to be on our 40-man roster, and it’s a very functional group,” O’s executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said. “All of them either already have settled roles on the team, or we want to add some of these guys and leave paths open for them.”

Translation: The O’s are not expected to be especially active this offseason from a player-acquisition standpoint. Still, they have needs, like every team. And moves made to address them could factor heavily in what direction their rebuild ultimately takes.

Starting Pitching

The Orioles will give auditions to Dean Kremer, Keegan Akin, and Bruce Zimmerman after their exciting debuts in 2020. But they will need to add depth to their rotation set to feature John Means, Alex Cobb, and Jorge Lopez. They will be looking for veteran arms to cover innings.

Bullpen Help

The Orioles bullpen improved over the past two seasons going from the AL’s worst in 2019 to one of the best of MLB in 2020. Some of that was the product of year-to-year development from returning arms, but much of it came from new faces brought in through the waiver wire, free agency, and other avenues. The Orioles parted ways with longtime relievers Richard Bleier, Mychal Givens, and Miguel Castro via trades last season. There are spaces for upside arms without a defined role. Look for the O’s to take on relievers that fit that description in the offseason.

Orioles Prospects

The O’s are rebuilding so they will be focused on acquiring young talent again this year, but not as extensive. Last year the O’s added five prospects into their system while shedding salary for Jonathan Villar and Dylan Bundy.

They have fewer trade chips among their eight arbitration-eligible players this time around, the best being Pedro Severino. They could also dangle Jose Iglesias, who had a career year, or Cobb on the trade market.

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