More on the qualifying offer and the 2015 season

The qualifying offer for free agents this winter reportedly has risen from $15.3 to $15.8 million, which is the amount that the Orioles will dangle in front of first baseman Chris Davis and left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. They haven't decided what to do about catcher Matt Wieters. No player has accepted the qualifying offer, which sets his salary for the upcoming season. Teams receive a compensation ... read more

Updates on Dylan Bundy, Branden Kline and Brian Gonzalez

Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy threw another 20-pitch bullpen session today in Sarasota and continued to make significant progress. Bundy also threw 20 pitches on Wednesday, his first time on a mound since May in Trenton. The Orioles are limiting him to only fastballs before mixing in the changeup and breaking ball. Dr. James Andrews cleared Bundy last month to start a throwing program after ... read more

This, that and the other

The Orioles will be searching for a starting pitcher this winter who fits at the top of their rotation. They don't figure to stay in the bidding for left-hander David Price, however, since he's going to break the bank into millions and millions of pieces. Yes, there seems to be mutual interest here, with Price liking the idea of pitching for the Orioles, from what ... read more

Leftovers on Jake Arrieta, Rick Adair and Ron Johnson

Jake Arrieta threw a complete-game shutout last night to lead the Cubs to a 4-0 win over the Pirates in the National League wild card game. Of course he did. This guy can do no wrong. His stuff is nasty and he's got confidence oozing out of his pores. Arrieta always had his chest puffed out with the Orioles, but as one official noted, he ... read more

Former Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair talks about Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta takes the mound tonight and the knife turns. Orioles fans must cringe as Arrieta gets the assignment for the Cubs in the National League wild card game in Pittsburgh. He's 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA in 33 starts, with four complete games, three shutouts and a no-hitter. He's exactly what the Orioles thought he would become after drafting him in the fifth round ... read more

J.J. Hardy on his shoulder injury

As Colby Rasmus was rounding the bases last night following his home run for the Astros in the American League wild card game, did anyone reflect back on his negotiations with the Orioles over the winter? Rasmus came very close to signing with the Orioles, who thought they had an agreement on a one-year deal that guaranteed around $7 million. Then, agent Casey Close decided ... read more

Medical update on Brian Matusz

Orioles reliever Brian Matusz underwent a successful medical procedure yesterday on his right shoulder and has returned home to Arizona. Matusz stayed back in Baltimore and had arthroscopic surgery to repair the AC joint, allowing him to get a head start on his recovery. Ravens physician Dr. Leigh Ann Curl also cleaned out about a centimeter worth of arthritic bone in the shoulder. "Everything went ... read more

More thoughts on the Duquette/Showalter news conference

I'm happy to report that the end of the 2015 season hasn't diluted the passion here. Executive vice president Dan Duquette's comments yesterday at an exit press conference stirred the masses. A few of you were shaken. Here's what I took out of the 30-minute session with Duquette and manager Buck Showalter: * The Orioles want to re-sign Chris Davis. Duquette said it, Showalter said ... read more