I'm more confident than ever that it's the right way to go.
I mean, I might have picked a different reliever who was pitching better. But "these guys are ruining MLB" is saying that we need to ignore the data and the information and the logic and gut it out like a man and win it all, baby. You know, like Grady Little and Pedro.
The postseason is all about second-guessing the playbook that you followed all year because it's not about numbers and data and track records, it's about setting up the revenue stream from the inevitable Disney movie about your improbable storybook run.
Oh, and the Colome signing would be nonsense. Paying $10M a year for a modern closer with 7 K/9 during his peak seasons? You might as well set the money on fire. He had an 0.81 ERA, so his agent will be selling the heck out of that while doing magic tricks to get you to avoid looking at his 16 strikeouts in 22 innings.
The Orioles, optimistically, were a 60-something win team in 2020. They need to add roughly 25 wins to be even a wildcard contender.
Bauer/LeMahieu/Colome get you maybe 12 wins, if you're being charitable. And you are running with the slightly crazy idea that a smaller-market 60-something win team is going to be able to lure three top free agents in one offseason.
So you still need 10-20 wins of improvement out of the existing roster. I suppose that could happen, but do you really think Severino, Mountcastle, Mullins, Stewart, Iglesias, Santander etc are likely to be a lot better over 162 games? Or that Mancini comes back from cancer and is immediately really good? Or that Cobb's arm stays attached?
I think the realistic '21 ceiling is around .500, more likely case around 70 wins. They're not signing any top free agents, and it would be really positive if they got a lot more growth than backsliding.