Should Orioles pursue trade for Hanley Ramirez?

I sought your opinions yesterday on free agent outfielder Denard Span and the idea of having him play right field for the Orioles. Being the fickle sort, I'm moving on to another player. This one isn't a free agent. He isn't a plus-defender. His contract makes the strongest stomachs dry heave. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Hanley Ramirez. There are conflicting reports on whether ... read more

Is Denard Span a fit in right field?

In exactly one week, I'll be boarding a flight to Nashville for the Winter Meetings and complaining loudly every step of the way. That's a lot of complaining when you factor in the number of steps from the front desk to the elevators and media workroom at the spacious Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. You're handed a map and wished good luck. Then you ... read more

Reheating a few holiday leftovers

At what point do you concede that it's time to dispose of the Thanksgiving leftovers? When the cranberry sauce from the can loses its jiggle? When the white meat begins to resemble the dark meat? When the drumsticks limp to the trash can? How about when you're surprised to find yams in the fridge before realizing they're actually the mashed potatoes? Or when the last ... read more

Odds and ends on Chris Davis

No matter where I go, no matter what time of day or night, I'm challenged by friends and fans to place odds on the Orioles re-signing first baseman Chris Davis. When did I go from sportswriter to bookmaker? The best I can offer is this: The Orioles remain in the running for Davis. They aren't scared away by projections of six- and seven-year deals ranging ... read more

L.J. Hoes on trade: "It's like going home"

Let's get a few things straight about L.J. Hoes. He prefers L.J. to LJ, so this blog entry actually is a period piece. He shops at a Walmart in Fort Lauderdale, which is where he heard the news yesterday that the Orioles traded for him. And he's not afraid to show his emotions in public. "I'm very excited," Hoes said after being obtained from the ... read more

Orioles bring back L.J. Hoes

The Orioles' interest in reacquiring outfielder L.J. Hoes became a reality today. The Orioles have completed a trade with the Astros, bringing back their former third-round pick in exchange for cash considerations. Hoes is out of options and his addition required the Orioles to remove a player from the 40-man roster, which they filled up on Monday by protecting pitchers Chris Lee, Andrew Triggs and ... read more

Gausman excited for chance to stay in rotation in 2016

The Orioles would need to make an abrupt turn in order to remove Kevin Gausman from their 2016 rotation plans. The type of turn where brakes are slammed, the wheel is cut, the vehicle ends up on two tires, coins fly out of the change compartment and you have lots of explaining to do in traffic court. Or so I've been told. Cover your ears ... read more

Orioles sign eight players to minor league contracts

The Orioles announced the signings of eight players to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training. Most of the agreements already have been reported, including the deal with Korean first baseman Ji-Man Choi, who spent the last five years in the Mariners organization. Also signed were right-handers Pedro Beato and Todd Redmond, left-handers Cesar Cabral and Ashur Tolliver, infielders Steve Tolleson and Ozzie Martinez, ... read more