Orioles announce five more minor league signings

The Orioles aren’t done handing out minor league deals. And they’re certainly not done addressing the pitching depth in their system. Another wave of signings were announced today with right-handers Christian Binford, Perci Garner and Asher Wojciechowski, and left-handers Jason Gurka and Luis Lugo. The Garner news broke late last night, with confirmation coming via the pitcher and his agency. Gurka, 29, is back with ... read more

Castillo signs with White Sox

The Orioles veered away from an organizational philosophy last winter when they including a $7 million player option for 2018 in catcher Welington Castillo’s free agent contract. They didn’t refer to it as an opt-out clause, but it basically played as one. Castillo declined the option, as expected, and he agreed to terms today on a two-year, $15 million deal with the White Sox. His ... read more

This, that and the other

As the Orioles continue their search for starting pitchers, casting a wide net that covers the free agent, trade and international markets and potential non-tenders, they also are banking on two strong halves from Kevin Gausman. Tabbed as this year’s opening day starter due to Chris Tillman’s shoulder injury, Gausman registered a 5.85 ERA and 1.763 WHIP before the All-Star break and a 3.41 ERA ... read more

Duquette on Britton, Schoop, Machado and more

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette indicated again tonight that he expects to keep closer Zach Britton rather than succumb to the various trade proposals. Appearing on the first edition of the “Orioles Hot Stove Show” on 105.7 the Fan, Duquette was asked to place odds on Britton being with the club on opening day. “I think they’re good,” he replied. “I like Zach Britton. ... read more

Orioles set home game times with earlier Sunday starts

The Orioles have announced start times for their 2018 home schedule, and folks attending Sunday games at Camden Yards are going to have to adjust their schedules. Sunday games will now begin at 1:05 p.m., a change from the previous 1:35 p.m. start time. Though games will start a half-hour earlier, Sundays will still be family days at the ballpark, which means fans ages 4-14 ... read more

Tending to non-tender business

The next important date in Major League Baseball doesn’t involve Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez. Friday marks the deadline for teams to offer contracts to arbitration-eligible players or non-tender them, which expands the free agent market. The Orioles were able to sign catcher Welington Castillo last winter because the Diamondbacks non-tendered him. They would have engaged in trade talks if he hadn’t unexpectedly hit the ... read more

A few thoughts on Nick Markakis and how he’d fit Orioles

The Orioles could use a left-handed hitting corner outfielder with a career .358 on-base percentage who is comfortable playing at Camden Yards and capable of serving as the leadoff hitter. But Nick Markakis isn’t walking through that door. At least, I don’t think so. Markakis never wanted to leave Baltimore. Returning “home” with the Braves hasn’t been a joyful experience for a variety of reasons. ... read more

Tejada, Rosa, Ripken among 14 free agents signed by Orioles

More comfortable announcing a bunch of minor league signings instead of letting them trickle out one at a time, the Orioles released the names of 14 free agents today who are staying in or joining the organization. The roll call includes infielder Rubén Tejada, who appeared in 41 games this season and came off the 40-man roster after the Orioles activated Ryan Flaherty from the ... read more