If the Orioles fail to land Cuba's Mesa brothers, what would that mean for the club?

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If the Orioles fail to land Cuba's Mesa brothers, what would that mean for the club?
If the Orioles fail to land Cuba's Mesa brothers, what would that mean for the club?

The Orioles are in a precarious position when it comes to the Cuban free agents Victor Victor Mesa and his brother, Victor Mesa Jr., who worked out last week in Miami in front of several clubs and represent the crown jewels of the international free-agent market. In the first offseason of the Orioles' rebuild, the two young Cuban stars have come to represent much to the club's fan base, so failure in landing them — which is becoming more possible as the Miami Marlins amass international bonus slots to rival the Orioles' pool of hypothetical money — won't start the winter off on a good note. Whatever financial advantage the Orioles had in the race to sign the Mesa brothers appeared to evaporate when the Marlins, their nearest competitor in the market for the Cuban stars, made a pair of trades this week to boost their own pool of international bonus slot money.

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