5 pending free agents that the Orioles need to let walk after the 2023 season

The Baltimore Orioles, as good as they are, need to do a bit of a roster culling this coming offseason.
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At this point, pointing out any flaws with the Baltimore Orioles feels awfully greedy given how much has gone right for them in 2023. Thanks to one of the best young cores in all of baseball led by Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson, the Orioles have the best record in the American League and the second best record in all of baseball. The AL East race is far from over as the Rays are playing some quality baseball, but things are definitely looking good in Birdland.

However, Baltimore has some important choices to make when we look ahead a bit to this coming offseason. As Baltimore fans are well aware, owner John Angelos has a firm grip on his wallet and isn't going to allow Baltimore to be a big spender no matter how good the team is, so resource allocation and prioritization is going to be important. In short: the Orioles are going to have to be very careful with who they keep and who they let go.

Here are 5 pending free agents that the Orioles need to let walk after the 2023 season

As tempting as it might be, one shouldn't speak in absolutes with these sorts of evaluations. Cost, underlying data, and unexpected roster needs can change the decision calculus very quickly. However, educated guesses can be made on whether Player X will probably be worth keeping around on a team that appears to be contending for the foreseeable future.

Given the overall strength of Baltimore's roster, it certainly won't be the end of the world if the Orioles end up taking another flyer on a couple of these guys. However, it does seem likely that all of these players' roster spots could be easily upgraded even with the likely payroll constraints the front office will be operating under.

Here are 5 pending free agents that the Orioles should probably not bother bringing back next season.