A few weeks ago, John Angelos, who runs the Orioles, held up the Rays as his role model. The Rays do not spend a lot of money. Now, we learn that the Orioles were the fourth most profitable team in baseball. They also have one of the lowest payrolls in baseball.
It was obvious that the Orioles were not going to keep Manny Machado in 2018. The team was bad and they didn’t want to spend the money.
The situation now is different. The team is good and they should find a way to lock up players like Adley Rutschman on long-term deals. Other teams have done it with their young stars. It would be terrible for the Orioles to accumulate all this young talent and let it leave. They can afford to keep the players.