Showalter sees Coolbaugh as "a very good fit"

Orioles manager Buck Showalter targeted Scott Coolbaugh early in the process of interviewing for a new hitting coach. Once the Rangers granted permission yesterday, the decision practically was made. Coolbaugh sealed the deal after sitting down today with Showalter and vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson. He walked away already having the job, and the Orioles made the announcement around 6 p.m. "He's very ... read more

Orioles hire Coolbaugh as hitting coach

The Orioles interviewed Scott Coolbaugh this afternoon for the hitting coach position, rushing to set up a meeting in Dallas while the Rangers were willing to grant permission, and he is expected to get the job. An announcement should come later today. Coolbaugh, 48, met for almost two hours with manager Buck Showalter and vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson. The decision came down ... read more

Wright signing official (with Duquette quote)

Left-hander Wesley Wright has passed his physical and signed his one-year contract with the Orioles after agreeing to terms earlier this week. Wright will receive $1.7 million, according to a source. The Orioles have a full 40-man roster and will need to remove someone if they're going to sign or trade for an outfielder, most bullpen help, a backup catcher. You name it. In case ... read more

Catching up with Henry Urrutia

Not long ago, I wrote how the 2015 season is extremely important for the professional future of Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia. He turns 28 in February, was limited to 51 games at Triple-A Norfolk last year due to a sports hernia that required surgery, and the Orioles may hold open tryouts in the outfield if they can't sign or trade for anyone. Urrutia's work ethic ... read more

Orioles receive permission to interview Coolbaugh (updated)

Earlier this week, the Orioles failed to convince Charlie Manuel to accept the job of hitting coach despite numerous attempts to lure him to Baltimore. They pretty much knew by Tuesday morning that it wasn't going to happen. However, they have received permission to interview Rangers minor league hitting coordinator Scott Coolbaugh, according to an industry source. The Orioles were under the impression at the ... read more

Agent says Orioles remain in play for Young

The agent for Delmon Young indicated today that the veteran outfielder isn't close to making a decision on where to sign, but he said the Orioles "absolutely" remain in play. "Everything has been very positive," said Joel Wolfe of Wasserman Media Group, who met with the Orioles during the Winter Meetings in San Diego. "They value Delmon and realize what he brings to the table, ... read more

How will Wright signing impact Matusz?

It's become the most popular question of the week following news that the Orioles reached agreement with left-hander Wesley Wright on a one-year deal worth $1.7 million. Well, it may slot second behind "Who?" As I've written, Wright is a southpaw reliever who's 10-18 with a 4.17 ERA in seven major league seasons, the first 5 1/2 with the Astros. He was 0-3 with a ... read more

Quick Wright update and MLB statement on U.S.-Cuban relations

In case you missed it in the comments section, left-hander Wesley Wright is scheduled to take his physical Thursday morning in Baltimore. His signing could be announced later that day or Friday, depending how quickly the results come back. Major League Baseball issued the following statement this afternoon regarding President Obama's announcement that the United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open ... read more