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The Baltimore Orioles finished above .500 with a record 83-79 in 2022, beating their pre-season predictions, and if their off-season approach is any indication, the club looks poised to lean more towards the formula that got them there.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the team is reportedly listening to trade offers for the talented assistant player Jorge Mateo, who can play as a centre-back, second base or outfield.

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Mondays are lame. Not Jorge Mateo’s defense.pic.twitter.com/pa6NbzLtxD

Plate discipline is almost nonexistent, or at least not when he hit a staggering 147 times in 2022. What it offers to potential suitors is the athleticism that last season allowed him to count his career-high 35 stolen bases. The fact that he is an above average defender and really shines in this area adds to his attractiveness for clubs.

Mateo is the latest in a long line of players that the Orioles take on board for very little, are given a platform to showcase their talents, and then evaluate offers based on the potential he has shown in Baltimore.

Elsewhere in Major League Baseball’s free agency era, the birds were pretty quiet. All-round defense Adam Frazierformerly of Pirates, Padres and Mariners and brought Mychal Given He came back two years after he traded him to Colorado.

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After trading Mychal Givens in 2020, Mike Elias said the savior would be an “Oriole for life”.

Now Givens is back in orange and black. https://t.co/PyzgPRqLkg pic.twitter.com /Dx20Dvj59o

None of these acquisitions broke the bank or filled a void in the team’s roster. The Orioles resisted the urge to jump into any of the top free agents available this season, one-handed real link According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, being the shooter Carlos Rodon. That connection was severed when it became clear that Rodon wanted a longer contract and would get a monstrous deal from one of the leading free agents and dealers.

And why shouldn’t they?

The Orioles are back in a year from their worst season in 2021 thanks to the reveal of the 2019 draft picks by Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson and strong team play.

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Your Most Valuable Oriole, of course…Adley Rutschman

The former #1 pick wasted no time in becoming the savior of the series. Despite not debuting until May 21, he still leads the team in both walks and doubles. 59-47 when O’s start, 23-31 when they don’t. pic.twitter.com/jgXAfzZwpL

Cedric Mullins was the 2015 draft pick by the organization and earned a spot on the AL All-Star roster in addition to the Silver Slugger award in 2021. He finished ninth in the MVP voting.

Rougned Odor took a different route to Baltimore, having played most of his career in Texas before stopping with the Yankees. Last season he had the best batting average since 2018.

Manager Brandon Hyde put the anonymous players of the masses in a position to win baseball and front office, resisting the urge to take risks with a high-priced free agent and potentially messing up the chemistry. It’s one of the most interesting times of the year.

We’ll see if they can repeat the magic of last season in a league with a much-improved Yankees team and a dangerous Toronto Blue Jays roster.

The team knows what it is, understands what it wants to be, and doesn’t seem to be interested in jeopardizing that, even if the “big fish” free agents are present. If 2022 taught anything to Hyde, general manager Mike Elias, and President Mike Angelos, they’re headed in the right direction.

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