The Baltimore Orioles had one of the most anticlimactic ends to a season of anyone in baseball. The second most winningest team in the league, with 101, and one that avoided being swept until their first postseason series, fell to the World Series-bound Texas Rangers in the ALDS. Still, the Orioles and their fans have a lot to watch out for going into 2024, including potential shakeups in both their pitching staffs and lineup, with 10 players reaching free agency this offseason.
3 Orioles free agents who won't be back, 2 who'll return for 2024
The Orioles roster will remain mostly intact, most likely for the better, but given that they were so easily toppled in the postseason, a little change could never be a bad thing. Here are four free agents who won't be coming back to Oriole Park, and two who might.
Orioles Free Agent Who Will Leave: Jack Flaherty
As far as falls from grace go, Jack Flaherty’s has been pretty brutal. After a career year for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2019, which earned him Cy Young votes and his second All-Star appearance, he’s never been able to get back to the same measure of brilliance, due in part to a shoulder injury that sat him at various times throughout the 2021 season. He fell out of public favor it St. Louis, which led to his trade to the Baltimore Orioles for prospects in 2023.
He didn't fare very well during his year in Baltimore, either. After a few rocky starts, he was relegated to a bullpen role and only made one postseason appearance as a reliever. It's unlikely that the famously low-spending Orioles will want to keep Flaherty, one of their higher paid players, especially as his performance continues to decline.