3 reasons Orioles’ new ownership group will create a Baltimore dynasty

Young core, waves of talent and lots of payroll upside point to a widening competitive window.

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Perfect timing ahead of the upcoming free agent class after this season

Back to the $118 million projected payroll for 2024, which ranks 25th in baseball; there is some serious capacity for ownership to commit to a top ten MLB payroll north of $215 million, closer to where the Braves, Phillies, Astros, Blue Jays, Rangers, Cubs and Dodgers all spend. The Orioles haven't had a top ten MLB payroll since the 2016-2017 seasons, when Chris Davis and Adam Jones were still on the roster and team payroll ranked ninth and 10th overall, respectively.

That lines up well with loaded free agent classes in the next two offseasons, from Juan Soto, Paul Goldschmidt, Pete Alonso, Alex Bregman, Corbin Burnes, Max Fried, Shane Bieber and potentially Gerrit Cole after this year, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Kyle Tucker, Josh Naylor and potentially Luis Robert Jr. after 2025.

David Rubenstein has proven he’s a man who likes to win, and is committed to doing what it takes to get there. With smart baseball minds around him like Mike Elias, Matt Blood, Brandon Hyde and Cal Ripken, his commitment to give back to his hometown and create value with his investment into the Orioles is admirable. And with the pieces in place to build a dynasty and return a World Series Championship back to Baltimore, he has a chance to cement his place in the lore of Charm City.