There are 2 different discussions here.
First of all, I’m good with selling off pieces and going cheaper and younger for now..of course, they did it in a half assed way and other guys should be gone.
Secondly, this rebuild started with DD still here. The Gausman deal was strictly about saving money. If they cared about the best rebuild possible, you ignore the pennies and get the best players.
Also, we saw the deal between the Angels and the Giants and how the Giants essentially bought a good prospect for taking on Cozart’s deal. That was right after the Bundy deal and was the Os needed a SS at the time. You then heard Elias basically say that type of deal wouldn’t be signed off on by the owners. That’s a huge problem to me.
The Orioles are spending about 100M less on payroll than they did 3-4 years ago. They have flexibility to take advantage of teams that could try to dump contracts and attach good young players to it.(see David Price as an example) They can take advantage and sign a FA who maybe has slipped through the cracks.
There are things they are doing that are encouraging but I see no reason to have total faith in them and give them the benefit of the doubt. Elias will have to be really good for this to work and if he is just above average, the team probably will struggle to truly contend unless things break right for them like they did from 2012-2016.