Orioles facing roster decision with Wilkerson (update)

The Arizona Fall League attracts scouts and officials like moths to flames, and no one wants to get burned. Don’t miss out on a prospect who may become available. Don’t let one of your own slip away. The Orioles must decide whether to protect infielder Steve Wilkerson before the Rule 5 draft that closes out the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Assigning him to the Salt ... read more

Orioles sign Can-Am League MVP Joe Maloney

The Orioles began their offseason by aiming to improve their depth at first base in the farm system. Always attracted to power at any level, the Orioles announced today that they signed Joe Maloney to a minor league contract. Maloney, 27, was a 10th-round pick of the Rangers in 2011 out of Division II Limestone College in South Carolina. He spent the 2017 season in ... read more

Decision pending on Harvey’s role to begin 2018 season

If the Orioles continue to resist trading one of their top relievers, and more phone calls will roll in with clubs viewing them as having a surplus, they’re going to break camp next spring with a bullpen that includes closer Zach Britton, Brad Brach, Darren O’Day, Mychal Givens and Richard Bleier. The number of relievers can’t be pinpointed as long as there’s the possibility of ... read more

Jones on young outfielders, E-Rod surgery, Reimold news

The Orioles aren’t in a position to make significant changes to their lineup next season with the bulk of their primary starters back in uniform. The infield appears to be set and they easily could turn over the catching duties to Caleb Joseph and rookie Chance Sisco if Welington Castillo exercises his $7 million option. Castillo is expected to test free agency. That’s the industry ... read more

Various improvements needed from these six Orioles

The Orioles will seek outside help to avoid another last-place finish, but they also hope that improvement comes from within, that various shortcomings have a short shelf live. Here are a few that come to mind. I’ll update the list as the offseason rolls along: Kevin Gausman needs two good halves In the same season. It’s an important qualifier. Gausman flashes the ace material after ... read more

This, that and the other

Four teams have managerial vacancies and none of them are expected to interview Orioles bench coach John Russell. Lots of names are surfacing as candidates for jobs with the Red Sox, Tigers, Mets and Phillies. Alex Cora is a popular one. It seems like only a matter of time before he gets an opportunity. Meanwhile, Russell never seems to be given consideration despite annual endorsements ... read more

Still waiting on decision regarding Orioles coaching staff

The Orioles apparently haven’t made a final decision on their coaching staff for next season. There’s been no confirmation on returns or changes. The situation needs to be resolved soon with contracts expiring at the end of the month. Then again, the Orioles have been known to move slowly on such matters. No one claims that Maryland is all about crab cakes, football and quick ... read more

Because You Asked - “The Cradle of Life”

I’m opening the offseason mailbag and sorting the questions according to how often they’ve been repeated to me. “A lot” goes in the pile to my left. “A heck of a lot” goes to my right. I can’t get to all of them this morning, but it’s a long offseason. There will be other days and more sequels. I’m running out of titles. All nominations ... read more