Every time I've been excited about the beginning of a new chapter of Orioles baseball, I have never once considered that owner Peter Angelos wouldn't fund the team with enough dollars for the team to contend. Now, how he and his baseball people have chosen to spend the money is a vastly different story.
What truly has this Orioles follower and fan excited by the new regime is they are building this thing from the ground up. The emphasis will never move away from development in general manager Mike Elias' world.
Despite the presence of Chris Davis' $23 million annual price tag (OK, I know a chunk of his $161 million is deferred) on the books, along with Alex Cobb's $14 million and Mark Trumbo's $13.5 million, the other players on this roster are making peanuts. And that is the way this ship will sail for the next few years.
Think about this amazing factoid: After Adam Jones‘ highly successful five-year contract, the next five major free-agent signings the Orioles have made in attempts at winning, once their real window had closed, cost the club $336.5 million.
You read that last sentence correctly -- that is $336,500,000 for Chris Davis ($161), Mark Trumbo ($37.5), Darren O'Day ($31), Ubaldo Jimenez ($50), and Alex Cobb has two remaining seasons that bring his total cost up to $57 million.