How in the world can you speak in facts? Last time I checked you didn’t work for the Orioles. You are no more privy to their internal conversations. They wouldn’t tell you in public what they were really thinking, if they went cheap, how they really ranked Kjerstad or whatever.
I honestly don't think that there was an ownership fiat to not spend the full draft allocation. I think they got the guys that were available that they liked when they were drafting, and at the end it turned out that they didn't need to spend the entire amount. I believe this because they haven't previously gone cheap on the draft in recent years and they spent nearly their full J15 allotment (and may well spend the remaining $100K or so with stragglers over the coming weeks). If there was an ownership decree, I think it would have been for well over $222K.