I know this is totally ridiculous, but just for fun:
Cashner had a 4.6 WAR last year. Ubaldo had -1.3 WAR. So 5.9 additional WAR with this signing.
Manny had a 3.5 WAR last year – let’s say he gets back to 6 WAR this year.
Trumbo has -.6 WAR, Davis has -.1 WAR – let’s just say they put up 0 WAR each this year.
Hardy had -.5 WAR. Beckham had a 3.3 WAR – let’s just say that change results in 2 WAR.
Miley had -.3 WAR, Tillman had -2.2 WAR – let’s just say their replacements put up 0 WAR this year.
That’s 14.1 additional WAR in 2018 than 2017. Or 89.1 wins.
Again, this is a totally ridiculous WAR exercise. But, even without another signing, it is NOT crazy the O’s can compete for the Wild Card in 2018.