Mike Elias, the executive vice-president, and the general manager of the Baltimore Orioles, held the traditional annual press-conference with the media representatives. The main agenda was the end of the regular baseball season 2020 and its results. Additionally, the plans and perspectives for the next season were discussed; the principal message of the conference was the following:
The season 2020 is considered as the one with the positive results for the Orioles despite the fact they have won in only twenty-five games of the total sixty. Elias emphasized that this can not be regarded as the success of the team overall; however, this shows the development in comparison to last year’s performance.
The financial issues emerged to become the main concern of the Orioles this year, mostly due to the coronavirus pandemic that resulted in financial uncertainty for the whole league. The payroll can still not be determined as the instability of the schedules has been affecting the total income of the team from the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the moment, Baltimore has not signed any long-term rich contracts besides the one with Chris Davis. The first basemen is being hardly criticized for his latest performance; however, Mike Elias claimed they will not make any changes in regards to this team member, focusing on the infield and pitcher issues as the main demanding sectors, according to the director and the coaches.
The shortstop Jose Iglesias will most likely stay in the team as he showed good results and is currently considered one of the strongest players. However, his contract did not go under a detailed discussion so this question is probably still open for the Orioles.