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The relief pitcher market inefficiency

The Orioles dealt Mickolio at the winter meetings to grab Mark Reynolds from Arizona. Getty Images

When the Orioles' front office sat down for its off-season talent audit, team executives saw an organization in desperate need of new blood. The O's won just 66 games last year, and they haven't had a winning season since 1997. Even worse, the Baltimore brass realized that their greatest asset was a surplus of young, righthanded relief pitchers. Not exactly something that will ignite season ticket sales.