WHAT THEY NEEDED: With Randy Myers and Geronimo Berroa defecting to Toronto and Cleveland, respectively, a solid arm or two for the pen and a powerful bat.
WHAT THEY GOT: The O's hope Joe Carter has one or two more 30 HR seasons in his bat. Norm Charlton, late of the disastrous Seattle bullpen, brings last year's 7.27 ERA to town. Doug Drabek was signed as a fifth starter. Shortstop Ozzie Guillen was signed as a backup.
WHAT IT ALL MEANS: This team is a little older, and even better: Carter is still a threat, Guillen adds depth, and Charlton and Drabek have been in pennant races before. The downside: Cal Ripken suddenly seems young.