Zach Britton declines WBC invitation (and other notes)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Orioles closer Zach Britton has declined an invitation from Joe Torre to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Britton was flattered by the offer, but he wanted to spend more time with his family, including a 1-month-old daughter, according to Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette. Duquette said he’s unaware of Mychal Givens’ reported interest in joining Team ... read more

More from Showalter’s media session

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - You saw the bullet points from Orioles manager Buck Showalter’s media session this afternoon. Now you can read the quotes. On his reaction to big trades and signings at the Winter Meetings: “Sometimes we have a selective memory. I try to, but this went on last year to some extent and the year before, whether it’s the Yankees or whether it’s ... read more

Showalter on rumors, his roster and the Rule 5 draft

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter fulfilled his obligation today of meeting with the media inside the press room at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Taking to his new setting, he decided to assist us by addressing whichever rumors were tossed his way. Showalter said he hasn’t heard Chris Carter’s name mentioned once this week inside executive vice president Dan Duquette’s ... read more

Givens reportedly commits to WBC (updated)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The Orioles apparently will lose their first pitcher to the World Baseball Classic. Reliever Mychal Givens has committed to play for Team USA this spring, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Marly Rivera. He joins center fielder Adam Jones (USA), third baseman Manny Machado (Dominican Republic), second baseman Jonathan Schoop (Netherlands) and left fielder Hyun Soo Kim (Korea) in the WBC. ... read more

Day Three of the Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Just as the Orioles haven’t totally moved away from catcher Matt Wieters, they remain in the mix to re-sign outfielder Mark Trumbo. He just needs to come down to them. It’s a steep drop. The sides agree on four years, but they’re far apart on money and the Orioles won’t give a full no-trade clause. But you already know this if ... read more

Duquette on Trumbo, free agent and trade talks, bullpen and more

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - So what did we learn today about the Orioles at the Winter Meetings? They’re still focused on outfielders and catchers, whether via free agency or trade. I was told by multiple sources that the Orioles weren’t scheduled to meet with Mark Trumbo’s representatives, contradicting a report, but executive vice president Dan Duquette didn’t bite when asked about it. I’m not ready ... read more

Quick hits from the Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette didn’t offer a confirmation or denial today when asked whether he met with Mark Trumbo’s representative. He only stated that it’s “a fluid conversation.” Duquette repeated his desire to land an outfielder and met again today with various agents and team executives. He also had trade talks involving catchers. Asked to respond to a report ... read more

Do Orioles react to Sale news?

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - If you’re counting on Dan Duquette to hit the panic button or go on a signing/trading rampage to counter what a division rival did at the Winter Meetings, I need to reintroduce you to the Orioles’ executive vice president of baseball operations. This isn’t how he operates. This isn’t how former executive Andy MacPhail operated. The Orioles walked into the Gaylord ... read more