I think people will start getting excited if the O's sweep the Marlins. The sixteen-team playoff and 60-game season are such wild cards.
In 2019, with the 16-team playoff format, the Rangers (78-84) would have made the playoffs. That win% (.481) translates to around 28 or 29 wins in a 60-game season.
So if the O's start the season 12-3? They may only need to go 16-29 to finish the season and snag an 8 seed.
I think if we were successful on the basis of career seasons by Iglesias, LeBlanc and Milone he would be less happy than if it was on the basis of great seasons by Hays, Means, Mountcastle, Sisco and Ruiz.
The only players on the team that aren't under team control until the start of the next potential competitive window, which I am defining as 2022, are Iglesias, LeBlanc, Millone, Givens and Cobb. Even if you want to extend that to 2023, that only adds Davis, Mancini, Castro and Alberto.
Good performances from any players not mentioned in the above paragraph are a net bonus for the team, even if it means they draft 8th (or go wild and make the playoffs and draft 15th) instead of 2nd or 3rd. It will just become more important to actually use all of our International Pool money, since we won't have as much money to allocate to the draft.
Ultimately, this is not a situation I will be spending a lot of time worrying about.