Orioles Free Agent Who Will Return: Adam Frazier
There's something scary on Adam Frazier's horizon, and his name is Jackson Holliday. Holliday, the 2022 draft's first overall pick, has rocketed through the minor leagues, going from the Orioles' low-A affiliate to Triple-A in a matter of months. He'll be eyeballing the spot Frazier's been occupying well at second base, but Frazier's performance and experience there shouldn't be underestimated.
As a known clutch hitter with 60 RBI in the regular season and nine years in the major leagues, Baltimore should look to keep Frazier as a dependable bat who can mentor a still very young Holliday and come up in tight spots even if he doesn't occupy an everyday role.
Orioles Free Agent Who Will Return: Shintaro Fujinami
Like almost every player that passes through Oakland, Shintaro Fujinami didn't have a great go of things with the Athletics to start off 2023. He did strike out Mike Trout in his MLB debut, but he also went on to allow eight earned runs, which ballooned his ERA to a whopping 30.86. However, he's looked a lot better since his move to Baltimore in July, where's he's cut his final ERA in Oakland down by half.
He came with some hype from Japan, where he spent nine years in the NPB, and he's shown some signs of living up to it with the Orioles, coming in during high leverage situations and delivering despite some issues with control. He managed to get words of praise out of manager Brandon Hyde, which might be a point in his favor as he approaches the offseason.