How many reserves will the Orioles carry into the season?

Did Orioles manager Buck Showalter tip his hand at the Winter Meetings about the construction of his bench? Not the names. The number of players. Showalter pointed out during his media session how it’s becoming more popular for teams to carry 13 pitches, which leaves three players in reserve roles. That’s a tricky proposition for the Orioles, who must keep Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander ... read more

Quick update on Machado and the trade discussions

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - I’ve been told that it’s “highly unlikely” that the Orioles do anything with Manny Machado tonight or later this weekend besides continuing to check on trade offers, though the situation is fluid and everything can change with a single phone call. The Diamondbacks have doubled back to the Orioles after prior surface talks, according to a source, and seem to ... read more

A few leftovers from the Winter Meetings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - While the Orioles fielded trade offers for their star third baseman and top relievers at this week’s Winter Meetings, they also checked on the level of interest in designated hitter Mark Trumbo. The Orioles are open to moving Trumbo and freeing up the designated hitter spot while he has two years and $26 million remaining on his contract. One source ... read more

Duquette not expecting immediate resolution to Machado talks

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The trade talks involving Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will carry into the weekend, according to executive vice president Dan Duquette, eliminating the opportunity for immediate closure and the outpouring of sentimentality, outrage or whatever emotion sweeps over the fan base. It figures to be intense in nature. The latest edition of the Winter Meetings have come to a conclusion ... read more

Orioles select three players in Rule 5 and sign Michael Kelly

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - While the Manny Machado rumors gain steam and the likelihood that he’s traded, perhaps later this week, continues to grow, the Orioles extended their streak of selections in the Rule 5 draft. They obliterated the field today by making three picks before finally passing in the fourth round. They also signed right-hander Michael Kelly to a major league deal and ... read more

Waiting on the Rule 5 draft to wrap up the Winter Meetings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The stampede for the front desk and the airport begins momentarily. Keep your head on a swivel if you’re in the lobby area or you could be wearing foot prints as a shirt logo. Cutting through the speculation that the Orioles could abstain from the Rule 5 draft this morning due to carrying outfielder Anthony Santander for 44 more days, ... read more

Duquette with latest Machado update and more

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The interest in Orioles third baseman Manny Machado continues to build as more teams meet with executive vice president Dan Duquette. Determining the market is an ongoing process, Duquette said this afternoon during his daily media briefing, but there’s no real sense whether a trade gets done before Thursday’s departures at the Winter Meetings, later in the offseason or never. ... read more

Quick hits from Duquette’s daily media session

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said “more than a handful” of clubs are interested in third baseman Manny Machado and he met with a couple more today as the Winter Meetings near their conclusion. Duquette said he was able to get a clearer read on the market for Machado and the process is “moving along” while the Orioles determine ... read more