I am kind of feeling that way after Villar trade. Truthfully, I don't care about Bundy trade either way. They can trade Mancini, Givens, Mountcastle and Hays and it won't make any difference to me. It is kind of like if your girlfriend left you after cheating on you. Now she is with a second guy. She is gone now what difference does it make who she is sleeping with. I don't care anymore what the Orioles do. If they decided to move to Nashville tomorrow it would make zero difference to me. If they just decided to close up shop fine with me.
Compared to how most MLB teams are run, the Orioles overstretched financially in 2016, 17, and 18. So you could argue that this is just the other side of that pendulum.
Another possibility, not dependent on the first, is that a couple years of really low payroll is the trade-off with ownership for the freedom to remake the player development system, start spending on technology, International free agents, etc.
That's certainly possible, but why is Elias' budget so tight that the only way he can fund investing in facilities, player development and international signings is to trade every player making roughly a market salary, even though the O's were already going to have one of the lowest payrolls in the league?