The Orioles’ coaching staff could be completed this week, though the holidays always complicate matters.
As you’ve heard, the Orioles want to retain all six of their coaches and are expected to reach agreement with the two remaining unsigned members of the staff - hitting coach Jim Presley and third base coach DeMarlo Hale. Pitching coach Rick Adair signed last week.
I’ve heard that the Marlins and Blue Jays were interested in Adair. Presley also has attracted interest from another club. I believe it’s the Red Sox, but don’t hold me to it.
Infielder Steve Tolleson had offers from six teams before signing a minor league deal with the White Sox. The Orioles made an offer and wanted him to be their starting shortstop at Triple-A Norfolk if he didn’t make the club out of spring training.
The Orioles really like infielder Emilio Bonifacio, part of the blockbuster trade between the Marlins and Blue Jays. They’ve wanted him for years. Now he’s going to be in their division, so they’ll get plenty of chances to appreciate his talents.
One member of the organization was stunned that the Marlins agreed to take shortstop Yunel Escobar, saying the Blue Jays couldn’t wait to dump him.
Reliever Stu Pomeranz apparently remains in the Orioles’ plans after appearing in three games for them before being sidelined by oblique and back injuries. He was outstanding in the minors, going 23 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run between Double-A Bowie and Norfolk. He gave up nine hits, walked three and struck out 35.
His name still comes up as someone who could contribute in 2013.
Reliever Matt Lindstrom, appearing on MLB Network Radio, said he’d like to return to the Orioles because he “enjoyed the heck out of it.” I haven’t heard his name mentioned as a bullpen possibility next season, but that’s not to say it hasn’t come up in discussions. I don’t have hidden microphones planted in executive vice president Dan Duquette’s office.
The Orioles had no intention of picking up Lindstrom’s option before trading him to the Diamondbacks, but that’s a moot point now. He’s a free agent after Arizona declined it.
You may recall during the playoffs that manager Buck Showalter mentioned how Kevin Gausman, the club’s first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, was throwing 97 mph in instructional league. I’ve talked to people who confirm it, but say Gausman is more likely to be 92-93 mph when he’s not pitching only once a week. Still plenty good enough.
Former Orioles reliever Miguel Socolovich will pitch in Japan after signing with the Hiroshima Carp.
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz has changed agencies, according to Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal. Matusz has left CAA and will be represented by Casey Close and David O’Hagan of Excel Sports Management.
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