Once that is established, let’s look at the next option in Beane’s quote. Are the Orioles rebuilding for something special?
While the O’s have the young core that I outlined above, I don’t see how anyone can argue that the Orioles are actually in rebuild mode right now. The general manager has said many times that wins matter.
Wins do not matter in a rebuild.
If the Orioles were rebuilding, Vladimir Guerrero wouldn’t have been signed. Derrek Lee wouldn’t have been signed. Reimold would have started the season in LF. Pie would be playing more. Chris Tillman wouldn’t be toiling in the minors right now. Brad Bergesen wouldn’t be getting jerked around like a seesaw.
Now, perhaps I am totally wrong regarding the thoughts of Birdland. I hesitate to speak for anyone else or to put words in the mouths of fans across the area.
That said, as much as I cannot see anyone believing that the Orioles are on the verge of something special as currently constructed, I equally cannot see anyone deducing that they are actually in any type of full rebuild mode either.
If the goal for the Baltimore Orioles is to consistently contend for World Series championships, let’s ask ourselves the following…
Are the Orioles close to contending for championships?
Are the Orioles rebuilding with a specific plan while working towards the goal of contending for championships?