Comparing Miller and Robertson, and passing along props to Oliver Drake

During the 2014 season, Andrew Miller pitched better than David Robertson. Miller has the stats to prove it. He had a better ERA, more strikeouts per nine innings, fewer walks per nine innings, a better WHIP and beat Robertson in other statistical categories as well. So will Robertson get a better contract via free agency than Miller? Should he? Ken Rosenthal discussed that question on ... read more

A look at the Rule 5 draft and which players O's might add to 40-man roster

The Rule 5 draft is the last event of the Winter Meetings and will take place on Dec. 11. Any player selected in this draft must remain on the selecting team's 25-man roster for the entire 2015 season or be offered back to his original club. This is the draft where the Orioles got Ryan Flaherty three years ago and pitcher T.J. McFarland two years ... read more

Is a dominant bullpen back end essential or the new "flavor of the month"?

In sports, we see copycats all the time. A strategy that leads one team to a big season or championship is then copied by others in an attempt to repeat the success. The Kansas City Royals are a team that others may look to copy in 2015. If a team can build a bullpen as good, they can shorten the game to six innings. The ... read more

Hey, big spender: So the Marlins are about to spend $325 million?

Will Giancarlo Stanton become baseball's first $300 million player? That was certainly stunning news this week when reports of this megacontract surfaced. By the way, the team making the reported offer of a 13-year, $325 million deal, the Miami Marlins, once cast off players in a fire sale. This is coming from a Marlins team that had an opening day payroll of $50.5 million in ... read more

Mike Griffin on Mychal Givens and Parker Bridwell, plus final AFL stats

Last year, eight players from the Orioles organization played for the Surprise Saguaros, who won the Arizona Fall League championship. Pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez, Tim Berry, Branden Kline and Jason Gurka, and position players Henry Urrutia, Dariel Alvarez, Jonathan Schoop and Michael Ohlman were on that team. Today, Peoria plays Salt River for the AFL championship, but the season is over for the seven O's that ... read more

A look at the price of pitching

The price of pitching in Major League Baseball is high. Three pitchers in the current free agent class could head into next season with new contracts of at least $100 million. Former big league general manager Jim Bowden published his projections on ESPN.com for some free agent deals this winter. He projected that Max Scherzer could get a seven-year deal worth $189 million, Jon Lester ... read more

MLB Network talks Nelson Cruz and MLB looks to help youth pitchers

So one big domino in the free agent market fell yesterday when the Detroit Tigers re-signed designated hitter Victor Martinez to a four-year deal worth $68 million. They made him a top priority and got a deal done quickly. Martinez, who turns 36 next month, is coming off a huge year where he batted .335. He led the American League in OBP at .409 and ... read more

A look at the free agent talk about Nelson Cruz and Andrew Miller

In the Twitter world, where many of us get our daily baseball news in 140-character bursts, ESPN's Buster Olney sent this out yesterday about Nelson Cruz: The Orioles offered Nelson Cruz a three-year deal before he went into free agency. They're positioned to wait out as he talks w/ other teams— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 11, 2014 Later, a Boston reporter tweeted that Cruz wants ... read more