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O's enter '18 with another power-laden lineup

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BALTIMORE-- While the Orioles have their work cut out for them still when it comes to acquiring pitching, there doesn't figure to be a lot of major lineup changes next season. Yes, Manny Machado -- who wants to move to shortstop -- could complicate things if he changes positions or is traded. (Though the latter seems less and less likely as the offseason continues.)

The Orioles would like to add a left-handed bat to bring more balance to the lineup. And there's always the need to add more of an on-base capability (something they've been unable to achieve past few seasons). By and large, though, the Orioles' lineup is pretty much set.

BALTIMORE-- While the Orioles have their work cut out for them still when it comes to acquiring pitching, there doesn't figure to be a lot of major lineup changes next season. Yes, Manny Machado -- who wants to move to shortstop -- could complicate things if he changes positions or is traded. (Though the latter seems less and less likely as the offseason continues.)

The Orioles would like to add a left-handed bat to bring more balance to the lineup. And there's always the need to add more of an on-base capability (something they've been unable to achieve past few seasons). By and large, though, the Orioles' lineup is pretty much set.

LINEUP IF SEASON STARTED TODAY
Tim Beckham, SS
Jonathan Schoop, 2B
Manny Machado, 3B
Adam Jones, CF
Trey Mancini, LF
Chris Davis,1B
Mark Trumbo, DH
Chance Sisco, C
Austin Hays, RF

STRENGTH
Home runs. The Orioles hit a lot of them, finishing fifth in the Majors last season with 232. When it's going well, Baltimore's power-laden lineup is a lethal threat, particularly at hitter-friendly Camden Yards.

Video: Must C Classic: Manny rips trio of HRs, walk-off slam

QUESTION MARK
Davis and Trumbo are both coming off down seasons offensively and there's no telling what the Orioles are going to get out of rookie backstop Sisco. Caleb Joseph, the team's other catcher entering camp, bounced back at the plate in 2017 and is another option to be in the everyday lineup (or to potentially platoon with Sisco).

WHAT MIGHT CHANGE
Machado moving to shortstop would, as mentioned above, throw a wrench into things. Where to play Beckham? And who would play third? There would be a ripple effect and the O's could have several people playing out of position as a result. With a defense that struggled last year -- an area manager Buck Showalter wanted to improve -- that's not ideal.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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