Dan Connolly spoke to a major league scout and he had this to say about the Orioles:
In fact, if rosters were set today, the scout said he’d predict that the Orioles finish fourth in the AL East in 2013, just above the Tampa Bay Rays. It could have been worse. He initially had the Orioles in last, but changed his mind and flip-flopped them with the Rays.
As for the Orioles, the scout thinks there are several players – Jim Johnson, Pedro Strop, Jason Hammel, Miguel Gonzalez, specifically – who will have a tough time repeating their outstanding 2012 seasons. And, unless the club can add a big bopper in the middle of the lineup before Opening Day, he thinks the Orioles just don’t have enough firepower to compete if they can’t rekindle their extra-inning and close-game magic.
“Baltimore hasn’t done anything to better their club [this winter], and most people agree they played over their heads last year,” the scout said.
How much of this do you agree with?