What’s needed from Harvey, Sedlock, Akin and Lee

We can spend countless hours in the offseason studying the list of free agent pitchers who are realistic targets for the Orioles and potential upgrades available in trades, but never wander too far from home. You know how this club loves to stay in-house. The Orioles can’t rely on the organization’s arms to solve all of their pitching problems. Rolling the same dice over and ... read more

Notes on Schoop, arbitation projections, Turner and Wieters

More recognition has come to Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop. He can’t avoid it. A breakthrough season tends to attract the attention. Schoop learned yesterday that he’s the Orioles’ nominee for the 2017 Hank Aaron Award, presented to the top offensive performer in each league. The award was established in 1999. The Red Sox’s David Ortiz and Cubs’ Kris Bryant won it last year. Schoop ... read more

Talking about Tillman

If I decide to rank the frequency of certain questions directed at me, especially in radio interviews, anything pertaining to Chris Tillman is bound to be near the top of the list. What happened to Tillman? What was wrong with Tillman? I can offer theories and repeat how Tillman kept insisting that the condition of his right shoulder wasn’t an issue. He was fine physically. ... read more

Taking the rotation for another spin

While waiting to find out which playoff games are airing on Animal Planet and Cartoon Network ... We can spend the bulk of the winter talking about the Orioles rotation and how they can find upgrades without breaking the bank or trading away every prospect in the farm system. Spoiler alert: There are no easy answers. They really could use a proven ace who doesn’t ... read more

Talking about defense, RISP, averages vs. lefties and more

Manager Buck Showalter has expressed concern over the Orioles’ defensive decline and it will be addressed in the offseason and spring training. I’m not sure how the roster can be adjusted with so many positions appearing to be set. Adam Jones has graded poorly in center field if you peruse the defensive metrics - his ultimate zone rating (UZR) the past two seasons is -10.1 ... read more

Flaherty on free agency: “I have a lot of loyalty to this team”

If anyone needs further proof that time passes quickly, consider that Orioles utility infielder Ryan Flaherty is entering free agency. The same Ryan Flaherty who joined the Orioles as a Rule 5 pick at the 2011 Winter Meetings in Dallas. One month after they hired Dan Duquette as executive vice president of baseball operations. The Orioles didn’t make a big splash at the meetings. They ... read more

Duquette on “stand-up guys” Hardy and Tillman

As Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette met with the beat crew Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field, a variety of questions fielded inside the Rays public relations office in the back of the press box, he broke away from a particular topic to pay tribute to two pending free agents. Two players who have been instrumental in the franchise’s climb from 14 consecutive losing seasons ... read more

Davis wants entire coaching staff to return in 2018

Coaching vacancies in baseball are opening up at a rapid pace, with a handful of teams already making changes before their seasons are cold. According to various reports, the Cardinals need a pitching coach, the Royals need a pitching coach and bench coach, the Phillies need a manager who’s likely to make wholesale changes to the staff, the Mets need a manager and pitching coach ... read more