The Baltimore Orioles are planning to give it another go rather than tear down the foundation blocks.
Baltimore’s executive vice president Dan Duquette admits he plans to keep together the team’s current core, including superstar third baseman Manny Machado, center fielder Adam Jones, and relievers Brad Brach and Zach Britton, in order to try and contend again in 2018, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.
Though the club finished in last place in the AL East after entering the season with expectations of contending, keeping the talented quartet for another season could also prove risky for the club’s long-term future.
Machado, Jones, Britton, and Brach are all set to hit free agency after the 2018 campaign, and the club could potentially lose all four players for nothing if they are unable to deal them before the summer trade deadline next season.
The players aren’t the only Orioles who could see their time in Baltimore come to an end next season, as both Duquette and manager Buck Showalter will also be in the final year of their contracts in 2018.