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Nationals sign free agent Mark DeRosa to one-year contract

The Washington Nationals today signed free-agent infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa to a one-year contact. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. DeRosa has hit .272 with 179 doubles, 93 home runs and 452 RBI since debuting with the Braves in 1998. His 316 walks in 1105 games render a career on-base percentage of .341. DeRosa is especially versatile

Nationals acquire Gio Gonzalez from A's in six-player deal

The Washington Nationals today acquired left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez and right-handed pitcher Robert Gilliam from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for catcher Derek Norris, right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole, right-handed pitcher Brad Peacock and left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. The 26 year-old Gonzalez is coming off his finest big league season to

O's begin search to replace departing McGowan as PA voice of Camden Yards

The Baltimore Orioles are looking for the new voice of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The search is on for a public address announcer for home games at Oriole Park beginning in 2012, the ballpark's 20th Anniversary season. The new public address announcer will be only the third in Camden Yards history, following Rex Barney (1992-97) and David McGowan (1998-2011). After 14 seasons as public

Nationals claim third baseman Carlos Rivero off waivers from Philadelphia

The Washington Nationals today claimed third baseman Carlos Rivero off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. The 6-foot-3 Rivero hit .275 with 36 doubles, 15 home runs and 66 RBI while spending a majority of the 2011 season with Double-A Reading. Rivero, 23, is a career .258 hitter with 146 doubles,

Orioles sign free agent outfielder Endy Chavez

The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Endy Chavez to a one-year contract. Chavez, 33, batted .301/.323/.426 with five home runs and 27 RBIs in 83 games for the American League champion Texas Rangers in 201. In 10 major league seasons, Chavez has batted .274/.313/.373 for six teams and appeared in the playoffs twice, in 2006 with the New York Mets

Nats agree to terms with nine players on minor league deals with spring training invitations

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with right-handed pitchers Jeff Fulchino and Waldis Joaquin, catcher Carlos Maldonado, infielders Andres Blanco, Jarrett Hoffpauir and Chad Tracy, and outfielders Brett Carroll, Jason Michaels and Xavier Paul on minor-league contracts with invitations to Spring Training. Additionally, the Nationals extended Spring Training invites to right-handed pitcher Rafael Martin, catcher Sandy Leon and outfielder Corey Brown. Nationals Executive Vice

Nationals agree to terms with outfielder Mike Cameron

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with outfielder Mike Cameron on a minor-league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. A former All-Star (2001) and three-time Gold Glove winner, Cameron has batted .249 with 278 home runs, 968 RBIs and 297 stolen bases spanning 17 seasons with Chicago-AL (1995-98),

Nationals announce 2012 minor league managers, coaches and coordinators

The Washington Nationals today named their minor league managers, coaches and coordinators for the 2012 season. Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Development Bob Boone, Director of Player Development Doug Harris and Director of Minor League Operations Mark Scialabba made the joint announcements. The Nationals promoted two managers within their system, elevating Tony Beasley from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse and Matthew

O's announce improvements for Oriole Park at Camden Yards

As part of a continued commitment to honor the proud history of the franchise, and in conjunction with efforts to improve the design aesthetic and functionality of the ballpark and the bullpen picnic grove in center field, the Orioles today announced plans to enhance the fan experience at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for 2012, highlighted by a newly renovated area to honor the greatest

Orioles hire Danny Haas as National Crosschecker

The Baltimore Orioles today announced that Danny Haas has been hired as the club's National Crosschecker. Haas spent the last 10 seasons as an amateur scout in the Boston Red Sox organization. Haas, 35, most recently served as Boston's Southeast Crosschecker. He was East Coast Crosschecker in 2010 and worked as the club's Upper Midwest/Northeast Crosschecker from 2006-09. Red Sox major league players signed during

Orioles sign Tsuyoshi Wada

The Orioles announced today that they have signed LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (sue-YO-she WAH-dah) to a two-year contract with a club option for 2014. Wada, 30, was 107-61 with a 3.13 ERA (1444.2IP, 503ER) and 1,329 strikeouts in 210 career games (207 starts) over nine seasons with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League. In his 52 starts over the last two seasons, Wada

Nationals announce final 2012 spring training schedule, including March 15 visit from the Yankees

The Washington Nationals today released their 32-game 2012 spring training schedule, which features 15 home games at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla, including a March 15 afternoon matchup with the New York Yankees. The Nationals host the Astros on Sunday, March 4 to commence the home portion of the 2012 spring schedule. Washington's initial Grapefruit League contest comes one day earlier via a March

Orioles decline contract offers to Scott, Eyre, Reyes

The Orioles today announced that they have declined to tender a contract offer to three players: outfielder Luke Scott, right-hander Willie Eyre and left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes, allowing them to become free agents. Scott, 33, was acquired by the Orioles on December 12, 2007 from Houston as part of a deal that sent SS Miguel Tejada to the Astros. He batted .260/.342/.485 with 84 home runs

Jeremy Guthrie to visit elementary school in Clarksville tomorrow

Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie will visit a third grade class at Pointers Run Elementary in Clarksville tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13. Teacher Matt Noon contacted Guthrie in response to Guthrie's Twitter question, "All I want for Christmas is ..." and asked for Guthrie to meet his class. Guthrie will visit with the children and sign autographs from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Pointers Run Elementary is located

Orioles REACH to host 2nd Annual Birdland Golf Classic in Sarasota

Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club will host event to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the Orioles will hold the 2nd Annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club in Sarasota to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota, an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for every person to play baseball, regardless of their ability. The

Nationals acquire right-handed reliever Perry from Tigers

The Washington Nationals today acquired right-handed reliever Ryan Perry from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Collin Balester. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Perry, 24, joins the Nationals after going 5-6 with 29 holds, two saves and a 4.07 ERA (73 ER/161.1 IP) in 149 relief appearances spanning three seasons with Detroit. Detroit's

33rd Annual Orioles REACH holiday party for kids to ne held next Tuesday, December 13

Manager Buck Showalter, Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton, Jeremy Guthrie and Brian Roberts Expected to Attend Current and former Orioles will host 90 third and fourth graders from City Springs Elementary School in Baltimore as part of the 33rd Annual OriolesREACH Holiday Party for Kids next Tuesday, December 13, from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Dave & Busters in the Arundel Mills Mall. The current

Minor league infielder Greg Miclat sent to Texas to complete trade

The Orioles sent minor league infielder Greg Miclat to the Texas Rangers to complete last week's trade for catcher Taylor Teagarden. Miclat, 24, batted .280/.371/.347 in 120 games with Double-A Bowie in 2011.

Orioles select two in minor league phase of Rule 5 draft

The Orioles selected two players in the minor league phase of today's Rule 5 Draft; left-handed pitcher Andrew Loomis of the Phillies organization in the Triple-A portion of the draft and infielder Matt Sweeney of the Rays organization in the Double-A portion of the draft. Loomis, 26, is 10-10 with a 3.34 ERA (197.0 IP, 73 ER) in 133 career games in four minor league

Orioles acquire left-handed pitcher Dana Eveland from L.A. Dodgers

The Orioles today announced that they have acquired left-handed pitcher Dana Eveland from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for minor leaguers left-handed pitcher Jarret Martin and outfielder Tyler Henson. To make room for Eveland on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Willie Eyre has been designated for assignment. Eveland, 28, is 19-24 with a 5.52 ERA (360.1IP, 221 ER) in seven big league seasons with

Orioles select infielder Ryan Flaherty in Rule 5 draft

The Orioles today announced that they have selected infielder Ryan Flaherty of the Chicago Cubs organization in the Rule 5 Draft. Flaherty, 25, is a career .278/.346/.462 hitter in four seasons in the Cubs' organization after being selected out of Vanderbilt by Chicago with the 41st overall pick in the 2008 First Year Player Draft. He batted .280/.347/.478 with 53 extra-base hits and 88 RBI

Orioles complete 2012 coaching staff, name Demarlo Hale third base coach and Bill Castro bullpen coach

The Orioles today announced that they have hired DeMarlo Hale as their third base coach and Bill Castro as bullpen coach to fill the two vacancies on their 2012 coaching staff. John Russell (bench coach), Jim Presley (hitting coach), Rick Adair (pitching coach) and Wayne Kirby (first base coach) will return from the 2011 staff. Hale has spent 10 seasons as a major league coach,

Orioles outright Pedro Viola to Triple-A Norfolk; Pedro Florimon claimed on waivers by Minnesota

The Orioles announced today that left-handed pitcher Pedro Viola has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Additionally, infielder Pedro Florimon has been claimed on waivers by the Minnesota Twins. Viola, 28, appeared in four games for the Orioles in 2011, pitching to a 9.82 ERA (3.2IP, 4 ER). He owns a 7.50 ERA (12.0IP, 10 ER) in 15 career major league games. Florimon,

Orioles add Lee Thomas as special assistant to executive vice president of baseball operations, Fred Ferreira as executive director of international recruiting

The Orioles today announced that they have hired veteran baseball executives Lee Thomas as Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and Fred Ferreira as Executive Director of International Recruiting. Thomas brings over five decades of experience in professional baseball, highlighted by Executive of the Year honors in 1993 after leading the Philadelphia Phillies to the World Series as General Manager. Thomas

Orioles announce "20 Prizes in 20 Days" Sweepstakes

To help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Camden Yards, the ballpark that forever changed baseball, the Orioles, in partnership with Delaware North Sportservice, are giving away 20 prizes in 20 days in January, 2012 to fans who purchase or renew season ticket plans for the upcoming season. Some of the prizes include: * Your season tickets are free for the 2012 season * Opportunity to

2012 Orioles FanFest scheduled for January 21 at the Baltimore Convention Center

FanFest tickets on sale now; Individual Game tickets on sale January 21 The kickoff to the 2012 baseball season will begin on Saturday, January 21, as the Orioles host their annual FanFest event at the Baltimore Convention Center. 2012 FanFest, presented by the Sarasota Convention & Visitor's Bureau, will feature appearances by current and former Orioles players and coaches as part of a day-long celebration

Orioles acquire catcher Taylor Teagarden from Texas Rangers

The Orioles today announced that they have acquired catcher Taylor Teagarden from the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Randy Henry and a player to be named later. Teagarden, who turns 28 on December 21, has appeared in 118 games for Texas over the last four seasons, batting .220 (77-350) with 16 home runs and 49 RBIs. He has a .985 career

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