4 Orioles players we'll be glad are gone in 2024 and 1 we will wish stayed

The Orioles did well with the guys they decided to let leave this offseason for the most part.

Division Series - Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles - Game Two
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Given that so much of the Baltimore Orioles roster is made up of young guys that still have plenty of years of team control left, they did not have to deal with very much in the way of free agent departures this offseason. The lineup is largely the same, as are the key members of the pitching staff -- which also added Corbin Burnes in a blockbuster trade a month or so ago. Not bad.

However, there were some guys who left this offseason, and while none of them can be considered impact players with the Orioles or their new teams, they are roleplayer names of note that at least warrant a look as to whether or not Baltimore should have tried to keep them around for 2024 and beyond.

With our premise established, here are some of the players that left the Orioles this offseason that won't be missed and one that very well might be.

4 players Orioles should be glad are gone, and 1 they should've kept for 2024

Baltimore moving on from Jack Flaherty was absolutely the correct decision

Just a few years ago, many people thought that Jack Flaherty was going to be an ace. Back in 2018 and 2019 with the Cardinals, he posted a top five Rookie of the Year finish and a top four Cy Young finish while looking unhittable at times. Unfortunately, a combination of factors transformed him from a future "face of a franchise" type into a guy that appears to be fighting to prolong his career.

Since his hot start, a series of injuries sapped Flaherty of his stuff and his command worsened significantly over time. Baltimore traded for Flaherty at the trade deadline last year in the hope that he could recapture his former magic right before he hit free agency, but he only managed to put up a 6.75 ERA after the trade. He did somehow land a one year, $14 million deal with the Tigers, and Baltimore should be thrilled that they weren't the ones that gave it to him.