I'd definitely give the tires a good kick or two, 101 MPH fastballs are more common these days but still don't grow on trees. If Holt can unlock his potential and rein in his control issues, he could be a core rotation piece for us for the next few years, but even if the walks remain an issue, the stuff sounds like it's good enough to still succeed in short relief work. Hopefully he'll be on Elias' radar.
I thought that too until seeing what even back of the rotation guys like Eflin and Boyd are getting, now I am less certain that Bassitt is a realistic target. He might get 4/$90 million at the rate things are going and I don't really see the Orioles going there.
Now Michael Wacha, Sean Manaea, and Kyle Gibson are starting to feel like more realistic possibilities for the Orioles' "big" free agent starter acquisition.
The Orioles will get a pitcher either thru trade or free agency. There are enough second and third tier pitchers in free agency and some teams have already picked up there free agent pitcher or are not going to sign a pitcher in the upper tiers.
In theory, sure.
Whether the organization will actually be willing to spend at the prices the market is currently operating at is another matter though. I previously considered the idea of them going the cheap route and re-signing Lyles to be completely out of the question, but it doesn't seem so far-fetched after seeing the Eflin and Boyd contracts.