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

Buck Showalter talks about his Manager of the Year honor

Many Orioles fans are happy tonight as the manager they appreciate got honored as American League Manager of the Year. After winning the Baseball Writers' Association of America award for the third time, the Orioles' Buck Showalter was asked about the great fit he has become in Baltimore. The fans love him and he feels the same toward them. All that winning and two playoff ... read more

Notes on Markakis, Cruz, Hamels and more

It doesn't yet appear that Orioles fans have much reason to worry about watching the longest-tenured Oriole, Nick Markakis, play for another team next season. But if Markakis' agent is going to meet with other teams this week to see what is out there, the Orioles management can certainly do the same. One player that may be worth the Orioles looking at is free agent ... read more

A look at Zach Davies' strong performance in the Arizona Fall League

He had a very solid 2014 season pitching for Double-A Bowie at just 21, and right-hander Zach Davies has carried that over to the Arizona Fall League. After going 10-7 with a 3.35 ERA for the Baysox, Davies is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in six starts for the Glendale Desert Dogs of the AFL. In his last four starts, he has given up just ... read more

An Orioles Mount Rushmore

If we could magically produce an Orioles Mount Rushmore, which four Orioles do you put on the mountain? There have been six Orioles that have had their numbers retired. They are the six elected to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and the six that have statues at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. How do you pick just four? No. 4 - Earl Weaver is ... read more

Taking a shot at projecting the Orioles' 2015 payroll

Trying to project or predict a major league team's future payroll is a difficult proposition. But we can at least make some projections that could get us in the ballpark, no pun intended. Here is a look at a projected 25-man Orioles roster for 2015 and what it might cost the club. Right up front, I will say I included Nick Markakis, but did not ... read more

Notes on Nelson Cruz, free agent rankings and more

Nelson Cruz has said several times that he would like to remain an Oriole. But he has not said he would sign with the Orioles if their contract offer is not the best he can get as a free agent. Would he take less money or a contract for fewer years than he could get from another team? That is a whole different story. As ... read more

A look at the Orioles' pursuit of a new deal with Nick Markakis

It sure seems there is a pretty good chance that the Orioles will come to an agreement on a new contract with outfielder Nick Markakis, whose six-year deal worth $66.1 million ended this season. But pretty good chance does not mean definite. Markakis can now negotiate with any other team. It would sure seem strange to see him playing for another team in 2015 and ... read more