Gausman excited for chance to stay in rotation in 2016

The Orioles would need to make an abrupt turn in order to remove Kevin Gausman from their 2016 rotation plans. The type of turn where brakes are slammed, the wheel is cut, the vehicle ends up on two tires, coins fly out of the change compartment and you have lots of explaining to do in traffic court. Or so I've been told. Cover your ears ... read more

Orioles sign eight players to minor league contracts

The Orioles announced the signings of eight players to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training. Most of the agreements already have been reported, including the deal with Korean first baseman Ji-Man Choi, who spent the last five years in the Mariners organization. Also signed were right-handers Pedro Beato and Todd Redmond, left-handers Cesar Cabral and Ashur Tolliver, infielders Steve Tolleson and Ozzie Martinez, ... read more

Eye surgery enables Gausman to focus on pitching

Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman can see clearly now and he's doing it without prescription glasses. He's regained his focus and his fashion sense. Gausman underwent LASIK surgery at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute three days after the season ended. He's so happy with the results that he recommended it to teammate Darren O'Day. "They're one of the best places in the country to do ... read more

This, that and the other

The Orioles are expected to announce later today that they signed Korean first baseman Ji-Man Choi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. I've been told that the club is waiting for "confirmation" following a report over the weekend by South Korean media outlet Ilgan Sports that the deal was done. Look for it to arrive today. Choi, a switch-hitter, will ... read more

Orioles sign Tolleson to minor league deal (updated)

The Orioles signed infielder Steve Tolleson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. A team official confirmed the move, which first appeared in Baseball America's minor league free agent tracker. I'm told that Tolleson actually signed a few weeks ago, but it must have slipped under the radar. He's always wanted to return to them and finally got his wish. Tolleson ... read more

Notes on Henry Urrutia and Buck Showalter's comments on MLB Network

Orioles outfielder Henry Urrutia says he will begin playing again on Tuesday in the Venezuelan Winter League now that he's recovered from a virus that produced severe flu-like symptoms. Urrutia's last game for Leones del Caracas was on Wednesday, before he came down with a fever and felt pain throughout his body. Urrutia's 19-month-old son developed the same symptoms and was taken to the emergency ... read more

Wondering about the bullpen's flexibility in 2016

One issue for the Orioles in 2015 involved a bullpen that didn't provide enough flexibility. Too many relievers without minor league options. Too many instances where the club was challenged to bring up a fresh arm. Tommy Hunter was shipped to the Cubs at the non-waiver deadline to free up a spot. It was a risky move for a team still in contention. A fan ... read more

Could the Orioles bring back Hoes? (plus other notes)

I wrote last month that the Orioles would have interest in bringing back outfielder L.J. Hoes if the Astros made him available. Well, the Astros designated Hoes for assignment on Friday to clear a spot on their 40-man roster. To update my earlier post, the Orioles still have interest in Hoes and I still relish the headline possibilities. The Orioles traded Hoes, minor league left-hander ... read more