This, that and the other

With Joey Rickard no longer holding Rule 5 status, the Orioles have the option of sending him to the minors next season. A player’s options give a team options. Funny how that works. Whether he breaks camp with the Orioles depends on a number of factors, including performance and moves made over the winter related to the outfield. Spending a rookie season in the majors ... read more

Should Orioles try to steal more wins?

The Orioles stole 19 bases this season, the lowest total in club history. Which brings us to today’s debate, and one that won’t be parodied on SNL. Does it matter? Manager Buck Showalter wants a new leadoff hitter. Executive vice president Dan Duquette again will place emphasis on improving the team’s on-base percentage, which plummeted in the second half. But what about the stolen bases? ... read more

Possible activity on the 40-man roster

The Orioles’ 40-man roster currently is full, which is why infielder Paul Janish was designated for assignment when they claimed left-hander Jed Bradley off waivers from the Braves. But it obviously won’t stay that way. Players will be removed after they become free agents. Teams have five days after the World Series to negotiate with their own guys before the market opens for business. The ... read more

Wondering about the roster

We’re still in the quiet period for non-playoff teams, except for the random low-level signing. The Orioles are still riding the momentum from the Jed Bradley waiver claim. The lineup appears to be mostly set with Hyun Soo Kim in left field, Adam Jones in center, Manny Machado at third base, J.J. Hardy at shortstop, Jonathan Schoop at second base and Chris Davis at first. ... read more

Would the Orioles trade Britton? (and other notes)

We covered the usual number of topics yesterday on “Wall to Wall Baseball” on MASN, which meant we were all over the map. Not just the majors. I’m sticking with baseball this morning. A viewer asked whether the Orioles should consider trading Zach Britton, enabling them to fill multiple needs. I watch teams in the playoffs having closer issues and think the Orioles should lock ... read more

Wondering about the rotation

The Orioles remain in the market for a starting pitcher, working the same aisles every winter. They aren’t expected to spend big beyond new deals for their arbitration-eligible players. They’d bypass the pricey pitchers anyway. They want healthy arms, but they’re not going to Whole Foods. The free agent market isn’t appetizing to everyone. Check it out, courtesy of Henderson Alvarez (27) Brett Anderson ... read more

Because You Asked - Next Friday

The Orioles’ season is over, a walk-off home run pushing them out the playoff door, but the repetitive questions keep coming to me. I refuse to walk away from them. You ask, I answer. You ask again, I answer again. The sarcasm comes at no additional cost. All in good fun, of course. It’s my spin on the traditional mailbag. The biggest challenge is not ... read more

Janish outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, elects free agency

Update: The Orioles just announced that infielder Paul Janish elected free agency after passing through waivers. He refused an outright assignment and is free to sign with any team. Janish, who turned 34 yesterday, is hoping that the Orioles retain interest in him, but he may as well check the market. Janish has the right to refuse the assignment based on a previous outright. Manager ... read more