The Baltimore Orioles' season ended rather abruptly when they were swept out of the ALDS by the Texas Rangers, but that shouldn't take away from what they accomplished in 2023. The sheer amount of young talent on this Orioles roster, especially on the position player side, is absolutely absurd and it sure looks like they will be a force in the AL East for years to come.
Baltimore won 101 games and the AL East despite the fact that they have a very...challenging payroll and ownership situation. That success should be credited to the Orioles' scouting and player development departments as well as the coaching staff, but the 2023 season also had some decisions made by the front office that left a lot to be desired.
Here are 3 front office mistakes that cost the Baltimore Orioles dearly in 2023
The goal here isn't to overstate problems that couldn't be foreseen or were outside the Orioles' control. Whenever a team's season ends sooner than expected, there is a whole lot of hindsight analysis that goes on and that isn't particularly fair. Sometimes, you just have a bad series at the worst possible time or have a key player get hurt (just ask the Braves and Dodgers). However, there was decision-making that was suspect from the time it happened and only looks worse now that the Orioles are watching the postseason from home.
Let's take a look at some of the mistakes that the Orioles made that cost them in 2023.