O's not building on momentum, execs say

O's not building on momentum, execs say
December 22, 2012, 3:15 am
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Jayson Stark of ESPN points out that the baseball off-season has reached the halfway mark. And according to his scorekeeping — as decided by six major-league executives he polled — the Orioles are trailing big at halftime.

He lists them among the five teams that have improved themselves the least so far in the off-season. Stark also quotes some of his panel who say the Orioles haven’t built upon the success of their surprising run to the postseason in 2012.

"I'm really surprised by what they've done, or haven't done," an unnamed American League executive said. "With the momentum they had going into the off-season and the resources I thought they had financially, I don't think anybody would have been surprised if they'd gotten in on something big."

A National League executive agrees.

"Coming off such a good year, they haven't done anything to make you say they're taking that next step. …  Go out and get one veteran guy to put in your rotation and stabilize it. I don't know how they can sit there and say this rotation is good enough to get them back there," the executive said.

The Orioles’ low ranking is in contrast to two other AL East teams. The Blue Jays and Red Sox made Stark’s top five for most improved so far via off-season moves.

An NL executive said to Stark of the Jays: "They recognized that right now, the Red Sox and Yankees aren't the Red Sox and Yankees. The AL East isn't the AL East like it used to be. They saw a window of opportunity, and they're going for it.”