BALTIMORE -- With 2018's season officially in the books, the Orioles will now turn their attention to restoring the organization to prominence. To do that, there are myriad tasks to complete and big questions to be answered.Here are the five most important questions for the O's to address this offseason:1.
BALTIMORE -- With 2018's season officially in the books, the Orioles will now turn their attention to restoring the organization to prominence. To do that, there are myriad tasks to complete and big questions to be answered.
Here are the five most important questions for the O's to address this offseason:
1. Who will lead the rebuild?
Will general manager Dan Duquette, who was trusted to make the team's wealth of trades -- including Manny Machado and Zach Britton -- remain in the organization and get a chance to see the rebuild through? While it's clear there's been a shift in the front office, with Lou and John Angelos taking more control and the continued presence of vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson, there's no indication which way they'll go in restructuring it.
2. What happens with Adam Jones?
The beloved veteran outfielder is a free agent, and he will get a chance to entertain other offers for the first time in his career. Where does he fit (if at all) into the Orioles' plans? It was clear in the final month of the season that the O's have preferred to go young with their plans, but no one knows what the market for Jones will be like. It's unlikely he returns right now, but never say never.
3. And what about manager Buck Showalter?
The Jones ovations over the weekend almost overshadowed what has been an equally emotional time for Showalter. Extended with Duquette, the pair will be evaluated and a final decision looms.
"To say I haven't thought about it today would be crazy, would insult your intelligence," Showalter said Sunday. "I'm at peace with it."
4. Where does this season leave Chris Davis?
Davis didn't play the final homestand and finished the year with a sub-.170 batting average and a negative WAR (wins above replacement). The O's signed the slugger to a record deal, and getting him back to form will again be a huge priority this spring. If there is turnover in the managerial and coaching staff this winter, a big task will be getting No. 13 right.
5. Who is a keeper?
It's easy to forget amid all the trades and potential goodbyes, but the Orioles will look back over the past few months to determine who could be key for them next year and beyond. With a lot of auditioning in September and a huge amount of roster turnover, there will be a lot of holes that need to be filled before 2019.
Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.