After September debut, does Austin Hays make the opening day roster?

When the Orioles get their full squad into spring training camp, we will begin to find out if rookie Austin Hays is going to begin the 2018 season as the club’s everyday right fielder, wind up in a reserve role or head back to the farm for more minor league seasoning. Door No. 3 - more seasoning in the minors - is not necessarily the ... read more

The Darvish deal: Good signing by the Cubs or big risk?

When the Chicago Cubs agreed to terms with free agent right-hander Yu Darvish to a six-year deal worth $126 million, did they made a great move? After all, they added a pitcher pending a physical that is considered to be the top hurler on the free agent market - and one considered a No. 1 pitcher - for less than projected in November. They also ... read more

One pitcher looks for a strong first impression, another for a new role

When spring training begins this week, 25-year-old right-hander Michael Kelly enters camp as an Orioles newcomer that adds some pitching depth to the roster. He would like to end camp as someone that makes a strong enough first impression to get a shot at some point this year on the major league roster. Kelly has yet to pitch in the majors. The Orioles signed him ... read more

Week in review: Harsh words exchanged, free agent batters and more

In looking back on the last week of stories here and revisting a few, we spent some time discussing the harsh words exchanged recently by the players and owners, looked at some lefty-batting free agents and also looked at the latest PECOTA projections. On Monday, we discussed some recent statements issued, including one by the Major League Baseball Players Assocation and one by prominent agent ... read more

When the music stops, who gets a chair in O’s rotation?

So with spring training camps set to open next week, the free agent market is still flush with players, and that includes plenty of pitchers. Back in October and November - knowing the Orioles have three openings in their rotation - we profiled nine free agent starters. Of those nine, five are still out there. The four that off are off the market:* Tyler Chatwood, ... read more

There are five Orioles on this top 100, plus quick takes

When several top 100 prospects lists came out recently, the Orioles placed three players on the Baseball America top 100 with Austin Hays at No. 21, Chance Sisco at No. 68 and Ryan Mountcastle at No. 71. They placed two each on lists from ESPN, Baseball Prospectus and MLBPipeline.com. They placed just Hays at No. 90 on FanGraphs.com. Interestingly enough, when another top 100 list ... read more

Once again, PECOTA not bullish on the O’s, plus other notes

Would it surprise you to know that the New York Yankees have not won the American League East since the 2012 season? Baltimore, Boston and Toronto have all won the East since New York was last on top by two games over the Orioles, with 95 to 93 wins, in 2012. The Yankees would go on to beat the Orioles that fall in the AL ... read more

Can the Orioles now take the next step with Schoop?

The Orioles and one of their top players made news yesterday when the club signed him for the 2018 season. He was already under team control - that we knew - but now we know that second baseman Jonathan Schoop’s 2018 salary will be $8.5 million. The two sides avoided arbitration and any ill will such a hearing could have caused. There was already the ... read more