Orioles extend player development contracts with five affiliates

The Orioles today announced they have extended the working agreements with five minor league affiliates. The club signed four-year agreements through the 2018 season with Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, and Class-A Frederick and two-year agreements through the 2016 season with Class-A Delmarva and Short-Season Class-A Aberdeen. "We have been very pleased with our arrangements with these clubs over the years and look forward to continuing

Orioles announce 2014 award winners for player development and scouting

The Orioles today announced the winners of their player development and scouting awards for 2014, including infielder Christian Walker as the club's top minor league player and right-hander Tyler Wilson as the club's top minor league pitcher. The winners will be honored in an on-field ceremony before tonight's game against the Cincinnati Reds, with awards presented by Director of Player Development Brian Graham and Director

Orioles recall Webb, Clevenger, McFarland; select contract of Berry

The Orioles today announced that they have recalled right-hander Ryan Webb from Triple-A Norfolk and catcher Steve Clevenger and left-hander T.J. McFarland from Class-A Aberdeen. Additionally, the club has selected the contract of outfielder Quintin Berry from the Tides. To make room for Berry on the 40-man roster, infielder Manny Machado has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Webb, 28, went 3-2 with a

Nationals add six players to expanded roster

The Washington Nationals today recalled right-hander Aaron Barrett, left-hander Xavier Cedeno, catcher Sandy Leon, first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore and right-hander Blake Treinen from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Additionally, outfielder Steven Souza Jr. (left shoulder) was returned from rehab and reinstated to the active roster. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements. Barrett, 26, is 3-0 with a

Orioles recall right-handers Evan Meek and Kevin Gausman and select contract of left-hander Joe Saunders; Infielder Kelly Johnson reports to club

The Orioles today announced that they have recalled right-hander Evan Meek from Triple-A Norfolk and right-hander Kevin Gausman from the GCL Orioles and selected the contract of left-hander Joe Saunders from the Tides. Additionally, infielder Kelly Johnson has reported to the club. Meek, 31, went 2-0 with 16 saves and a 1.94 ERA (41.2IP, 9ER) in 39 games for the Tides this season, striking out

Outfielder Alejandro De Aza reports to Orioles; left-hander T.J. McFarland optioned to Aberdeen

The Orioles today announced that outfielder Alejandro De Aza, acquired Saturday night, will report to the team today. To make room on the 25-man roster, left-hander T.J. McFarland has been optioned to Short-Season Class-A Aberdeen. De Aza, 30, batted .243/.309/.354 (96-395) with five home runs, 31 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 122 games for the White Sox in 2014. He will wear uniform #12.

Orioles recall left-hander Wei-Yin Chen from Gulf Coast Orioles; catcher Steve Clevenger optioned to Aberdeen

The Orioles today announced that they have recalled left-hander Wei-Yin Chen from the Gulf Coast Orioles and have optioned catcher Steve Clevenger to Short-Season Class-A Aberdeen. Chen, 29, is 13-4 with a 3.76 ERA (148.1IP, 62ER) in 25 starts for the Orioles this season. Clevenger, 28, has batted .234/.289/.364 in 27 games for the Orioles. He batted .305/.366/.389 with two home runs and 30 RBI

Orioles acquire infielder Kelly Johnson and minor league infielder Michael Almanzar from Boston

The Orioles announced after tonight's game that they have acquired infielder Kelly Johnson and minor league infielder Michael Almanzar from Boston in exchange for minor league infielder Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus. Johnson, 32, has batted .212/.290/.354 with six home runs and 23 RBI in 87 total games for the Yankees (77 games) and Red Sox (10 games). In nine big league seasons, Johnson