The 2023 season has been a special one for the Baltimore Orioles as fans have finally been able to see the light at the end of the tunnel after so many losing seasons. All of those high draft picks coalesced into one of the most exciting and fun young rosters in all of baseball who currently sport the best record in the American League and lead the brutal AL East by two games.
Only time will tell how the Orioles end up this season, but it is clear this is a team that is set up to compete for a long, long time. However, that does not mean that the roster is perfect and if Baltimore's front office is serious about wanting to take advantage of this competitive window, they need to show it this coming offseason.
Here are 4 pending free agents the Orioles need to target this offseason
To the surprise of exactly no one, the Orioles' primary need going into 2024 is pitching. Frankly, Baltimore currently suffers from the "problem" of having too many bats and not enough places to play them. While signing or trading for a bat before the 2024 season is possible, the focus here is going to be on free agent pitchers given the team's needs at least on paper.
Also, these are going to be realistic free agent targets. Baltimore has expressed some willingness to spend, but a healthy amount of skepticism is probably warranted that the Orioles are all of sudden going to be players to sign a guy like Shohei Ohtani. Would it be sweet? Of course, but most agree that that isn't worth devoting much time to think about.
Let's take a look at 4 pending free agents that the Orioles need to take a hard look at this coming offseason.