Core group to shape Orioles’ success in 2017

BALTIMORE — What to make of baseball next year in Baltimore?

The Orioles will return the core of their rotation, All-Star closer Zach Britton and third baseman Manny Machado, who is coming off a career year. The club has a ridiculously good bullpen, but big question marks in the outfield and a lineup heavy on power and strikeouts.

The O’s haven’t been particularly active so far this offseason, but that is executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette’s MO. Baltimore already has serious money committed — including more than $95 million for eight players — and arbitration will ensure that the O’s exceed last year’s Opening Day payroll, for a new franchise record.

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