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Orioles GM Mike Elias says team will keep 'foot on the gas pedal' after 101 wins and AL East title

Orioles GM Mike Elias says team will keep 'foot on the gas pedal' after 101 wins and AL East title

Orioles general manager Mike Elias and manager Brandon Hyde met with reporters two days after Baltimore was eliminated by Texas in the AL Division Series

BALTIMORE (AP) — With a good deal of caution, Mike Elias indicated that yes, the Baltimore Orioles would like to pursue contract extensions for some of their top young players.

Whether the general manager can pull that off is just one lingering question as the AL East champions head into the offseason.

“We are very focused on keeping this organization as successful and healthy as possible, within the constraints of reality,” Elias said. “Obviously, we have players here that we love ... and part of the calculus of keeping this franchise healthy is pursuing or examining opportunities to possibly keep some of these guys longer.”

Elias and manager Brandon Hyde met with reporters Thursday, two days after Baltimore was eliminated by Texas in the AL Division Series. The 101-win Orioles have a roster full of talented young players with plenty of team control, but they can try to be proactive about extensions for standouts like second-year catcher Adley Rutschman and rookie shortstop Gunnar Henderson.