The Baltimore Orioles have been eliminated from the MLB Postseason. After falling to the Texas Rangers in the ALDS, the O's now enter the offseason with an eye toward 2024.
Baltimore had a terrific 2023 campaign, and the Orioles' success should give fans of the Cincinnati Reds reason to smile. Much like the Reds, the O's hit the reset button and through drafting and developing their own players, Baltimore posted the best record in the American League.
But, like every team, the Orioles face some tough questions during the upcoming offseason. Are there any players or prospects that could be on the Reds radar this winter?
1. Orioles pitcher Kyle Gibson could be on the Reds radar this offseason
The Baltimore Orioles, much like the Cincinnati Reds, are not likely to be dealing from their treasure trove of young, exciting prospects. Much like Cincinnati's farm system, the cupboard is quite full in Baltimore.
But the Orioles do have a few free agents who'll be hitting the market this winter. One of which is right-handed starter Kyle Gibson. The 35-year-old has been a steady presence for the Orioles' young rotation all season.
While no one is gong to be blown away by Gibson's stats, for those Reds fans who advocated for Cincinanti to acquire a reliable innings-eater at the trade deadline, the Indiana native fits that profile. Gibson was 15-9 in 33 starts for the Baltimore Orioles this past season and owned a 4.73 ERA in nearly 200 innings of work.
Gibson was an All-Star in 2021 and took home $10-million this past season. The right-hander did lead the league in hits allowed this past season while striking out 157 batters and posting an ERA+ of 87. If you're looking for an ace, Kyle Gibson isn't it. But, if you're looking for a solid No. 4 or No. 5 starter, you could a lot worse than Gibson.