Several people at the Winter Meetings suggested that money wasn’t the issue. The Orioles simply felt that they could upgrade at first base.
Reynolds’ contract with the Indians is for a guaranteed $6 million. He reportedly can make another $1.5 million in bonuses based on plate appearances. He made $7.5 million with the Orioles this year, so he’s not getting a raise.
They were content to let him walk. And he does that a lot, if you check his stats.
Chris Davis remains the in-house option to play first base. I’m still expecting the Orioles to acquire another hitter.
The Orioles have shed 259 of their 1,315 strikeouts with the departures of Reynolds (159) and Robert Andino (100). Think that may have been part of the offseason plan?
The Orioles are close to naming their new third base coach. An announcement could come early this week.
Bobby Dickerson will work with the infielders if Don Wakamatsu gets the job.
The Orioles’ list of spring training invites announced at the Winter Meetings includes catchers Allan de San Miguel, Chris Robinson and Jose Gil. However, de San Miguel and Robinson will leave the team to participate in the World Baseball Classic, so the Orioles may need to bring a few extra backstops to join 40-man roster catchers Matt Wieters, Taylor Teagarden and Luis Exposito. That may be good news for Caleb Joseph and Brian Ward.
The Norfolk rotation figures to be loaded unless the Orioles deal some of their arms, but room can always be created for top prospects. And executive vice president Dan Duquette hasn’t ruled out the possibility that Bundy and Gausman both pitch in the majors later in the summer.
“The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report” crew jokingly tried to create their own Winter Meetings rumor by suggesting that the Orioles had discussed sending Bundy to the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton. I pointed out that the Marlins would want more than Bundy, but it did raise an interesting debate. Would you be OK with giving up Bundy in a trade for Stanton?
I’ll stress again that it’s not real. Just throwing it out there for discussion.
Pedro Strop had a blown save and a win yesterday for Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League. Strop allowed one run and one hit, and struck out two, in two innings.
Ryan Flaherty started in right field - he’s all over the place in that league - and went 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. He’s batting .258 (8-for-31).
Left-hander Dana Eveland, acquired from the Dodgers at last year’s Winter Meetings, is still a minor league free agent. He’s drawn interest from a few teams and should make a decision by the end of the month.
The Orioles don’t seem to have any interest in re-signing him.
Outfielder Scott Beerer, who appeared in 18 games with Norfolk this year, is expected to retire rather than attempt to play in 2013.
Beerer, signed as a minor league free agent last winter while continuing to make the transition from pitcher to position player, broke the hamate bone in his left wrist and underwent surgery on May 4. He reinjured the wrist while rehabbing in Sarasota, and the continuing discomfort has likely brought an end to his baseball career.
The Orioles had four off-days on their original spring training schedule, but they’ll play one of the local college teams in Sarasota on March 29. Their final game is March 30 against the Mets, also in Sarasota, before breaking camp and heading over to St. Petersburg.
Major League Baseball and its 30 clubs raised $152,700 for Stand Up To Cancer in an auction of 78 unique baseball items and experiences on MLB.com.
The four-day auction, which was inspired by the baseball public relations officials and club executives who are bravely fighting cancer, drew 1,809 total bids. The top-selling experience was a one-day public relations internship in the front office of the New York Yankees for $8,125.
The Orioles sent out a press release regarding tickets for FanFest, to be held on Jan. 19 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Here it is:
The kickoff to the 2013 baseball season will begin on Saturday, Jan. 19, as the Orioles host their annual FanFest event at the Baltimore Convention Center. 2013 FanFest, presented by Visit Sarasota County, will feature appearances by current and former Orioles players and coaches as part of a day-long celebration of baseball that will also include clinics, exhibits and interactive games. The event will be held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., with early entry for Orioles Season Plan Holders to begin at 10 a.m. as part of the Orange Carpet Program.
Tickets for FanFest will go on sale at 10 a.m. today and will be available online at www.orioles.com/fanfest, via phone at 1-888-848-BIRD or at the Oriole Park Box Office and at the Official Team Store at the York Galleria in York, Pa. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 14 and under and those over 55. On the day of the event, FanFest tickets will be sold at the Convention Center and the Oriole Park box office. 2012 Season Plan Holders, those that have made deposits for 2013 season tickets, and Dugout Club members will all receive complimentary tickets to FanFest.
In addition to FanFest activities, individual game tickets for the 2013 season will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Jan. box office at the north end of the Warehouse throughout the day. Tickets will also be available via phone at 1.888.848.BIRD (2473), online at www.orioles.com and at the Official Team Store at the York Galleria in York, Pa.
The Orioles’ autograph policy for FanFest 2013 will duplicate last year’s policy and is designed to support youth charitable endeavors through OriolesREACH, as well as reduce fan disappointment by shortening wait times. Children ages 4-14 will have a specially designated Kids Only player autograph station presented by ESSKAY that is free of charge and will operate continuously throughout the day. All other ESSKAY autograph stations at FanFest will require the advance purchase of autograph vouchers exclusively at www.orioles.com/fanfest, with all of the proceeds to benefit children’s charities through OriolesREACH. Autograph vouchers will be available for purchase beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5.
In addition to autographs, other FanFest activities include question-and-answer forums with players, front office staff and media; clinics for children on a youth-sized baseball field; memorabilia dealers; a spring training in Sarasota exhibit; and the opportunity to apply for seasonal employment with the organization.
Complimentary parking for FanFest is available in Lot B/C. For updated information about the event, fans should visit www.orioles.com/fanfest.