Notes on Hays, Rodríguez, Britton and Mesa

SARASOTA, Fla. - Austin Hays will let others debate whether he should be the Orioles’ starting right fielder. Whether he belongs in the majors in any role or should accumulate more at-bats with the Triple-A affiliate. A quick interview at his locker this week confirmed that Hays is keeping it simple. His approach and his answers. “I’m just coming back and looking forward to putting ... read more

Orioles’ deal with Andrew Cashner is official

SARASOTA, Fla. - The negotiations began back in November, when Orioles vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson met face-to-bearded face with veteran right-hander Andrew Cashner. Talks gained and lost momentum, optimism rose and sank. But the club sliced through a thawing market today and reeled in its first significant free agent while addressing its most pressing need. Cashner passed his physical exam this afternoon ... read more

Orioles sign Cashner to two-year, $16 million deal (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles now have three confirmed starting pitchers. The club has reached agreement with right-hander Andrew Cashner on a two-year contract worth a guaranteed $16 million, according to multiple sources. The deal is done and the club is expected to announce it shortly. Cashner joins a rotation that includes Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. One spot is expected to be filled internally. ... read more

José Mesa hoping to follow father’s footsteps to Baltimore

SARASOTA, Fla. -Sixteen pitchers threw in the bullpen today, including José Mesa, who is vying for a spot on the 25-man roster as a Rule 5 pick and perhaps in a rotation that has plenty of room. Also throwing today were Josh Edgin, Asher Wojciechowski, Darren O’Day, Brad Brach, Mike Wright, Mychal Givens, Chris Lee, Gabriel Ynoa, Perci Garner, Andrew Faulkner, Tim Melville, Alec Asher, ... read more

Eddie Gamboa on his commitment to the knuckleball

SARASOTA, Fla. - Eddie Gamboa has a better grip on his pitching future. Gamboa has conceded after much prodding from the Orioles that he needs to go exclusively with his knuckleball. No more mixing it in 50 percent of the time. No more fastball first and then the secondary stuff. If Gamboa is going to get back to the majors after appearing in seven games ... read more

Joining Orioles a breath of fresh air for Susac

SARASOTA, Fla. - Andrew Susac has a plan. And a color scheme. Susac feels right as home with the Orioles, who acquired him on Feb. 2 to compete for a job as backup catcher. It isn’t strictly his welcoming teammates or a hankering for grouper. Orange and black work for him. “I think it’s awesome,” he said. “It seems like I can’t get out of ... read more

José Mesa viewed as starter in camp (and other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 pick José Mesa will be used as a starter in camp instead of working out of the bullpen. The Orioles added him to the mix earlier today, with the right-hander joining Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, Mike Wright, Gabriel Ynoa, Miguel Castro, Hunter Harvey and Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes Jr. Mesa, son of the former Orioles pitcher of the same ... read more

Highlights from the first day of workouts (with video)

SARASOTA, Fla. - With 35 pitchers in camp, the Orioles offered a heavy dose of bullpen sessions this afternoon on the first day of workouts. The group consisted of Dylan Bundy, Jayson Aquino, Jhan Mariñez, Donnie Hart, Richard Bleier, Miguel Castro, Nestor Cortes Jr., Jeff Ferrell, Stefan Crichton, Jimmy Yacabonis, Eddie Gamboa, Jason Gurka, Hunter Harvey, Joely Rodríguez, David Hess and Pedro Araujo. Michael Kelly ... read more