Orioles are No. 1 in offseason, says WSJ

From a pure statistical standpoint, which major league team will improve the most as a result of offseason player acquisitions and transactions?

The Baltimore Orioles, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Greater Baltimore Committee members and guests can meet the entire Orioles team, manager Buck Showalter and all of the coaches at the GBC’s 2011 Lunch with the Orioles on April 6 at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel.

The Orioles had the majors’ best offseason, according to a Wall Street Journal ranking published on Feb. 24.

“While other teams made bigger splashes, the Orioles quietly reinvented their infield,” the newspaper reported. The Orioles should do “much better” in the 2011 season, WSJ reporters Scott Cacciola and Jared Diamond wrote.

The Orioles’ offseason success was driven by key acquisitions of first-baseman Derek Lee, shortstop J.J. Hardy, third-baseman Mark Reynolds, and outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, all of whom will be on hand along with Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Matt Wieters and the entire team.


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