The Nationals lost their biggest star and are doing just fine.
The Nationals’ loss of Bryce Harper is something Baltimore Orioles fans can relate to. The Nats could not afford the deal their ex-star wanted so they let him walk. They decided to bank on younger outfielders such as Juan Soto and Victor Robles, who have proven to be electric talents.
Robles and Soto have delivered and shown that Washington did not need Bryce Harper to have success. This example gives hope to Orioles fans. The Orioles were forced to trade away star Manny Machado last year because they knew they could not afford him.
While the Nationals have some great talent, far beyond the talent the Orioles have, they have shown this year that picking and choosing who to pay can win. They have proved winning is not always about big names.
This can give Orioles fans hope. The Nationals have proven they can win by developing players in their farm system while signing a few key free agent pitchers. It is a strategy the Orioles can look to and seem to be primed to use over the coming years. If the Orioles develop some players who end up being a Stephen Strasburg or a Juan Soto, they can be in place to sign one or two free agent starting pitchers and they are right where the Nationals are.