The Orioles won their final five games of 2015 to finish the season at .500 and right in the middle of the AL East. After a winter of mostly watching the teams around them add upgrades and fill holes, Baltimore made a late surge on free agency, only to have Dexter Fowler bounce back to the Cubs after reportedly agreeing to a deal in some kind of Orioles metaphor moment. They still have the talent to compete, but there are a number of things in their way, including maybe even themselves.
Yes, Chris Davis was on the Orioles in 2015, but re-signing him was the key to their entire offseason -- the O's did almost nothing at all before finally agreeing to a long-term deal with Davis, and now they're built around the idea of his return.
All additions: Yovani Gallardo, Hyun-soo Kim, Mark Trumbo, Pedro Alvarez, Odrisamer Despaigne, Dexter Fowler
Losing Wei-Yin Chen is going to hurt, as the lefty handled AL East opponents and hitter-friendly Orioles Park for four years, including during a very underrated 2015 campaign.
All departures: Wei-Yin Chen, Gerardo Parra, Steve Pearce, Dexter Fowler
Yovani Gallardo continues to pitch well in a hitter-friendly home park, Kevin Gausman steps up, and the rotation is able to power through the loss of Wei-Yin Chen and support the lineup en route to a postseason return.
The Orioles could easily be the worst team in the AL East even if things go well, so if Mark Trumbo's defense or the health of Kevin Gausman or any number of things are questionable during the season, Baltimore could fall behind and miss out on the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Lineup: Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo, Matt Wieters, Pedro Alvarez, J.J. Hardy, Jonathan Schoop, Hyun-soo Kim
Rotation: Chris Tillman, Yovani Gallardo, Kevin Gausman, Ubaldo Jimenez, Mike Wright