Trader Dan: Duquette discusses dealing prospects for major league talent

Since Dan Duquette took over as Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations on Nov. 8, 2011, we have seen the team make several trades involving minor league prospects. There was a time when the Orioles were on the other end, trading established big league talent for prospects. The Erik Bedard deal is an example of this, but now the contending Orioles have a different ... read more

Orioles' early minor league camp roster

The Orioles have a list of 38 players that reported to their minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla., at Twin Lakes Park today. This group of players will get a jump on the rest of the minor league players and will be available to help the Orioles in early major league exhibitions. Their workouts begin tomorrow. Here is the roster: Beal, Jesse - RHP Bleeker, ... read more

Boston gets Moncada, O's brass gets some props and more

Checking in on a few topics around the baseball world: * So should we be surprised when the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees flex their financial muscles? Not at all. The Red Sox are going to spend a total of $246 million on three players they've acquired since last season ended. That was a season that the Red Sox finished in last place ... read more

What happened when an opinion on a bullpen session and sabermetrics met on Twitter

So I had an interesting couple of hours on Saturday afternoon. It had nothing to do with the snow that turned Baltimore into utter chaos for quite a while. My "fun" came via Twitter. My colleague, Roch Kubatko, wrote an entry where he mentioned this about young pitcher Hunter Harvey: "A group of veterans, including (Darren) O'Day, Chris Tillman, Zach Britton, and Tommy Hunter, stayed ... read more

Cruz and Markakis contracts called among worst deals of the offseason

We've spent much time this winter discussing and debating the Orioles' losses from last season of Nick Markakis, Nelson Cruz and Andrew Miller. At least according to one writer, the signings of Markakis and Cruz were among the four worst moves by all teams this winter. The Braves signed Markakis to a four-year deal worth $44 million and the Mariners signed Cruz to a four-year ... read more

A look at where Bundy and Harvey landed on another top 100 list

As the opening of a new baseball season gets closer by the day, the end of prospects ranking season is just about here. At a time when many publications produce their top 100 prospects list, the Baseball America list is still the granddaddy of them all - and still very respected. Published for the first time in 1990 when Steve Avery was the No. 1 ... read more

Graham: "We are absolutely one of the premier development systems in baseball"

It was a question that took only a few words to ask, but a long, passionate and well-thought out answer was provided. I asked Orioles director of player development Brian Graham this week to provide his take on the Orioles taking a fall in several publications' organizational rankings. Last year the Orioles farm system was rated No. 10 by ESPN.com and No. 12 by Baseball ... read more

A few minor league notes and a look at Chris Davis' opposite-field homers

When the Orioles announced their minor league staff assignments this week, it became official that some staff members do return to the organization, but at different affiliates from 2014. Not that this is all that unusual on the farm. It happens pretty much every year. As for the managers, Orlando Gomez moves back to Single-A Frederick after two years as Gulf Coast League skipper. He ... read more