Reviewing the coaches, arbitration figures and Trumbo’s recovery

An exact date for the Orioles to announce their coaching staff doesn’t exist. The closest you’ll get is “fairly soon,” or “shouldn’t be too much longer.” The process is playing out. Like everything else in a rebuild, patience is a requirement. No one from the 2018 staff is expected to stay in the organization. Third base coach Bobby Dickerson appeared to have a shot at ... read more

Wright on workouts, what went wrong and “fresh eyes” on him

The Orioles started their minicamp this weekend in Sarasota, an adjusted version of it that won’t be flooded with players and serves in large part to allow new hires to become more familiar with the complex. A handful of players already have been working out there, including pitcher Mike Wright Jr., catcher Chance Sisco and outfielder Austin Hays. Reliever Richard Bleier is joining them as ... read more

Orioles claim Hanser Alberto off waivers (arbitration update)

The need for more infield depth led the Orioles earlier today to make another waiver claim. The Orioles have brought Hanser Alberto into the organization, with catcher Andrew Susac designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster. Alberto, 26, can play all four infield positions and is a career .309/.330/.438 hitter in 1,000 plate appearances at the Triple-A level. He slashed .330/.346/.452 last ... read more

Orioles agree to terms with Villar, Bundy and Givens

None of the Orioles who are eligible for arbitration will be going to a hearing. The deals are done. The club has reached agreements with infielder Jonathan Villar, starter Dylan Bundy and reliever Mychal Givens on contracts for the 2019 season. An announcement will come later today. Terms aren’t immediately available. The Orioles acquired Villar, pitcher Luis Ortiz and infielder Jean Carmona from the Brewers ... read more

Sifting through roster moves and today’s arbitration deadline

The activity that’s been aimed at the Orioles’ 25- and 40-man rosters in the offseason hasn’t produced national headlines. There were three acquisitions in the Rule 5 draft and depth moves for the pitching staff, infield and catching position. Some of them haven’t been announced and there could be others still under wraps. The decision to use the first pick in the Rule 5 draft ... read more

“Piano Man” Billy Joel to play first concert at Camden Yards

The Orioles didn’t start the concert craze at major league ballparks, but they’re jumping into the fire. If this sentence even remotely resembles the lyrics from a Billy Joel song, my work here is almost done. The club announced today the launching of O’s Entertainment and in its partnership with Live Nation will host Joel this summer in the first concert at Camden Yards, which ... read more

The curious case of Cobb

A deeper dive into the Orioles roster brings up more questions regarding starter Alex Cobb and how he, like other veterans, fits into the rebuild. Whether it can hold the $43 million remaining on a contract that covers the next three seasons before he’s again eligible for free agency. Manager Brandon Hyde says he doesn’t believe in the word “rebuild.” He believes in “competing,” and ... read more

Constructing Orioles roster a gradual process

While the baseball world balances on the edge of its seats waiting for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper to sign their monstrous contracts, which will reduce the media’s baseball chatter by about 75 percent, the Orioles are quietly researching ways to fill out their roster. Much of the heavy lifting outside of it is done. Two big front office hires have been completed in executive ... read more