Good morning, Camden Chatters.
Who said this was going to be a boring offseason for the Orioles? (Full disclosure: I did. Numerous times.)
Mike Elias has been wheeling and dealing since the calendar turned to December, trading Orioles 2019 WAR leader Jonathan Villar and former first round pick-turned-rotation mainstay Dylan Bundy to the Marlins and Angels, respectively, and netting five pitching prospects in return.
One thing Villar and Bundy had in common — aside from being two of the few players that casual O’s fans have actually heard of — is that both were arbitration eligible and set to see a salary increase that the Orioles weren’t really comfortable paying. The Birds have shaved an estimated $15-16 million off their 2020 payroll by parting ways with the duo, and while the Villar trade in particular really stuck in my craw, there’s no denying Elias’ commitment to rebuilding the franchise from the ground up.
In three days, Elias and every other major league GM will gather in San Diego for baseball’s annual winter meetings, where there’s usually plenty of trade and free agent activity. The O’s have two prominent (and, yes, arbitration-eligible) trade…