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The Baltimore Orioles were one of the surprise stories of the 2012 season. They coalesced as a team last year to spark a playoff run that amazed observers throughout the baseball universe. Nobody saw it coming and it turned into one of the best things to watch in the game.
The Orioles were winning nearly every 1-run game and somehow managed to truly dominate any game (results-wise) that went to extra-innings. They won 90 games with as anonymous a starting rotation as there was in baseball and a bullpen of guys who were experiencing heretofore unseen levels of success. This pitching staff complemented a lineup with several talented young players forming a solid core but also a lineup with some pronounced holes.
Among the holes the Orioles were dealing with was a gaping defensive chasm at third-base. Wilson Betemit and Mark Reynolds both have some (though limited) offensive value but neither is a quality third-sacker and the defense-dependent pitching staff was probably...