More on Mike Elias’ expected hiring by Orioles (updated)

The title handed to the head of the Orioles’ baseball operations department likely will be tailored to fit Mike Elias. No one associated with the Orioles has confirmed a late-night tweet from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that the club will hire Elias and finally conclude its extensive and methodical search for a replacement for executive vice president Dan Duquette, whose contract wasn’t renewed following a ... read more

Bleier: “I should be fully ready to go for games” (plus Elias note)

On the same afternoon that the Orioles activated Richard Bleier from the 60-day disabled list, the reliever was picking up a baseball at Cressey Sports Performance in Jupiter, Fla., and making his first throw since undergoing surgery to repair a Grade 3 tear in his left latissimus dorsi muscle. Bleier posted the video about a week later on his Instagram account, announcing to all of ... read more

This, that and the other

Not long ago, I wrote how openings in the Orioles’ front office and scouting department were viewed as having tremendous appeal by a significant number of people in the industry. The delays in making hires weren’t based on a lack of interest. To follow up on it, I talked to someone over the weekend who used the term “a goldmine” to describe the situation. Not ... read more

A quizzical look at the Orioles

I’m keeping it simple today while thinking that we could have some news later this week. Just don’t hold me to it. I also predicted that Christmas would come early and now I’m wondering if my source was mistaken. Go ahead and take the latest quiz while you wait. There’s no pressure because I don’t grade them. This is more of an exercise without the ... read more

How are the Orioles going to address roster needs?

The following nugget won’t cause your head to snap back in disbelief or bring tremors or have you rushing off to tell your friends. It’s been an assumption that’s backed up by multiple people in the industry as the GM meetings closed this week. The Orioles won’t be major players in free agency. Slow your heartbeats. There’s been no indication that the Orioles will be ... read more

Checking on Orioles minor leaguers who became free agents

The current offseason for the Orioles may not seem typical with hires pending in the front office, no manager in place and promises to revamp the entire scouting operation. This isn’t business as usual across the board. However, there are certain tasks that await the club and aren’t influenced by other circumstances. Building up minor league depth is one of the priorities. Trying to find ... read more

Qualls staying with Orioles

While there have been significant changes for the Orioles in baseball operations, player development and scouting, the turnover won’t touch Kent Qualls. The Orioles intend to bring back Qualls as director of minor league operations. The same title that he’s held since coming to the organization prior to the 2013 season. Qualls’ past duties have included overseeing the administration of the club’s player development department ... read more

Graham wraps up general managers meetings

The process of hiring a head of baseball operations, whatever the title, didn’t interfere with business conducted this week at the general managers meetings. Orioles director of player development Brian Graham, leading the department on an interim basis, flew home this afternoon from Carlsbad, Calif., after the meetings reached their conclusion. Director of baseball operations Tripp Norton also represented the organization. The uncertainty over which ... read more