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Hearing from Showalter, Alvarez and Britton after today’s workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles sent Brian Matusz, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, Kevin Gausman, Steve Johnson, Eddie Gamboa, Oliver Drake and Dane De La Rosa to the minor league complex at Twin Lakes Park today to throw live batting practice. Manager Buck Showalter said the six catchers in camp each will be behind the plate for two innings in Sunday’s 1 p.m. instrasquad game on

More morning notes on ninth day of camp, plus videos and photos

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis worked out in right field today, taking ground balls on Field 3 while his teammates stretched, then moving to the Camden Yards replica field with the other outfielders. Davis shagged fly balls, took more ground balls and made throws during various drills. He’s also expected to get some work at third base later in camp. Though he’s expected to start

Morning notes on tribute to Barlow, Wieters catching and Gausman starting

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are wearing orange LUNGevity t-shirts at today’s workout to honor former public relations director Monica Pence Barlow, who passed away exactly one year ago after battling Stage 4 lung cancer for 4 1/2 years. The shirts have “In Memory Of Monica” written in white letters. “You don’t realize how much you really miss her until you get an interview request,

Remembering Monica Pence Barlow one year after her passing

SARASOTA, Fla. - The date has been marked on manager Buck Showalter’s calendar for a long time, an anniversary that he wishes did not exist, a day that he knows will bring back memories both warm and heartbreaking. Tears can moisten the eyes and cheeks no matter which thoughts rise to the surface. On the morning of Feb. 28, 2014, Orioles public relations director Monica

Wrapping up the eighth day of camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have announced their starters for Sunday’s intrasquad game at Ed Smith Stadium. The game begins at 1 p.m. and is closed to the public. Zach Britton, Ryan Webb, Mark Hendrickson, Tim Berry, Tyler Wilson and Chaz Roe are pitching for the home team. T.J. McFarland, Wesley Wright, Mike Wright, Jason Garcia, Logan Verrett and Hunter Harvey are pitching for the

Kevin Gausman to start home exhibition opener, J.J. Hardy on popup drill

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gausman will start the Orioles’ home exhibition opener on March 4 against the Tigers. Ubaldo Jimenez already was confirmed as the March 3 starter against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. Gausman is among the six starters competing for five spots in the rotation. He could be moved to the bullpen or optioned to Triple-A Norfolk if he fails to win a

New features at today’s workout with pictures, video

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles moved to the Ed Smith Stadium field this morning for popup drills, a day earlier than scheduled. Crowd noise from Game 2 of the American League Division Series, when Delmon Young cleared the bases with a three-run double, was piped into the ballpark. Infielders called off teammates to catch the ball as the noise level was raised. Outfielders chasing balls

Brad Brach on Everth Cabrera: “As far as I know he’s a great teammate”

SARASOTA, Fla. - When the Orioles take the field this morning for another spring workout under an overcast sky, infielder Everth Cabrera is expected to work out at his third position since signing his one-year deal. Cabrera took ground balls and made throws at shortstop on Wednesday and slid over to second base yesterday. Manager Buck Showalter said Cabrera probably will move to third base

Eddie Gamboa on being a “hybrid” pitcher

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles clubhouse is closed to the media this morning because players are meeting with officials from Major League Baseball. Reporters will have access to them after the workout. Another group of pitchers warmed up on the side mounds yesterday and threw inside the covered batting cage. It won’t be much longer before they’re throwing live batting practice, with hitters taking their

Nick Markakis offers apology and explanation for comments

SARASOTA, Fla. - Former Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis said today he regrets comments that appeared in a USA TODAY article and holds no animosity toward the organization. Markakis said he was responding to a specific comment from a reporter, which was passed along following an interview with a member of the Orioles’ front office, regarding the team’s failure to offer him a fourth guaranteed year

Jimenez and Showalter speak following today’s workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ubaldo Jimenez says he’s looking to get a fresh start. It begins on March 3 when he gets the start in the first exhibition game against the Tigers. “Last year was really tough,” said Jimenez, who was 6-9 with a 4.81 ERA in his first season with the Orioles after signing a four-year, $50 million contract. “This is the beginning of 2015

Notes, photos and video from the latest workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Ubaldo Jimenez will start the March 3 exhibition opener against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. The Orioles are playing only one intrasquad game, on March 1 on the Ed Smith Stadium field. The following day will be a normal workout. Matt Wieters will catch in the intrasquad game, as previously reported, but he won’t throw. Showalter repeated

More from Adam Jones

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitchers will warm up on the side mounds again today and head to the indoor batting cage for their bullpen sessions. Hitters will track the pitches. Dane De La Rosa, Wesley Wright, Steve Johnson, Chris Jones, Mike Wright, Eddie Gamboa, Hunter Harvey, Brian Matusz, Oliver Drake, Chaz Roe, Tyler Wilson, Tim Berry, Jason Garcia and Logan Verrett are scheduled to throw.

Adam Jones offers opinion on Nick Markakis’ comments

SARASOTA, Fla. - Center fielder Adam Jones was surrounded by media at his locker this morning, everyone wanting his reaction to former teammate Nick Markakis’ comments about the Orioles yesterday that appeared in a USA TODAY article. Markakis vented about how the Orioles handled his negotiations this winter, accusing them of withholding the truth about their concerns over the MRI on his neck, which later

More from Buck Showalter on Everth Cabrera

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles went 2-for-3 last spring in signing players with baggage, striking it big with Nelson Cruz and Delmon Young and striking out on Alfredo Aceves. They’ll gladly take that average. Cruz led the majors in home runs. Young batted .302, emerged as baseball’s best pinch-hitter and delivered perhaps the most electrifying moment in Camden Yards history with his three-run double in

Cabrera: “Now I’m a good guy”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said today that Everth Cabrera’s legal issues are resolved and the infielder can concentrate on playing baseball and trying to make the team in spring training. A trial was scheduled for April after Cabrera’s arrest in San Diego for suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana that led to a charge in November of resisting

Recapping the first full-squad workout with photos and video

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles held their first full-squad workout today and it included outfield and infield drills, as well as batting practice on multiple fields. New infielder Everth Cabrera hit from both sides of the plate and fielded balls hit to him at shortstop. He impressed manager Buck Showalter with his arm. Third baseman Manny Machado was full-go in bunt and pickoff drills. Chris

Cabrera reports and Davis speaks

SARASOTA, Fla. - Everth Cabrera arrived in the Orioles clubhouse today around 9:50 a.m. with his Padres bat bag in one hand and a smile on his face. He was directed to his locker on the opposite side from where he stood. Cabrera was placed between Jonathan Schoop and Rey Navarro in a row that also includes J.J. Hardy, Manny Machado and Adam Jones. Jayson

Orioles announce Cabrera signing, Hassan designated for assignment

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles announced today that they’ve signed infielder Everth Cabrera to a one-year contract. He’s going to work out at the Ed Smith Stadium complex this afternoon and be made available to the media when he’s done. Cabrera will wear No. 1. To make room for Cabrera on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated outfielder Alex Hassan for assignment. Cabrera, 28, became

Leftovers for breakfast

SARASOTA, Fla. - Anyone complaining about college kids storming the court after a big win should be punched in the throat. No exceptions. They’re not overturning cars near the visitor’s bench. They’re jumping up and down after their team’s upset victory. If that upsets you, give me your address so I can stand on your lawn. The Orioles may finally announce the signing of infielder

Wrapping up the fifth day of camp (plus pictures and video)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielder Everth Cabrera is still en route to Sarasota and won’t report to camp until Wednesday. Manager Buck Showalter won’t refer to Cabrera by name until the deal is official, but he talked about the possible impact of having a player like him. “That kind of player would have to make the club if he had an option, first of all,” Showalter

Morning notes on new arrivals, Urrutia, Johnson, Machado and Pearce

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Delmon Young and infielder Michael Almanzar have reported to camp this morning, giving the Orioles their full camp squad. No sign of infielder Everth Cabrera, but he was headed to Sarasota last night and his one-year, $2.4 million deal could be announced later today or early Wednesday. None of the pitchers will throw bullpen sessions today. They can focus on fielding

Everth Cabrera, the 40-man roster and Ramon Martinez

SARASOTA, Fla. - The last few Orioles position players are due to report today, and they should be joined by infielder Everth Cabrera, who was headed to Sarasota last night. We may never run out of players to interview. Cabrera might not be made available to the media before the deal becomes official, but we’re getting real close. The Orioles already know that Cabrera can

Everth Cabrera headed to Sarasota as deal nears completion (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Everth Cabrera has moved another step closer to completing his deal with the Orioles, as he’s on his way to Sarasota, according to an industry source. He should arrive in camp on Tuesday when position players are due to report. The Orioles and Cabrera reached agreement on a one-year, $2.4 million contract on Wednesday, and the free agent shortstop also took his

Cal Ripken Jr.: “There was no abuse, there was no hazing”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and others today have disputed recent remarks made by former catcher Gregg Zaun that detailed alleged rookie hazing in the Orioles clubhouse. And Zaun is backing off those claims, which upset some of his ex-teammates who insist that the stories were greatly exaggerated or fabricated. Zaun said today that accusations he made on a Toronto radio

Steve Johnson X-rays negative, and other notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - The X-rays on pitcher Steve Johnson’s right middle finger today came back clean. It’s just a bruise and he’s day-to-day like the rest of us. Johnson can resume throwing once the discomfort subsides. Today’s workout was cut short, ending at 11 a.m., so the Orioles could play in the annual charity golf tournament. Bullpen sessions were thrown by Dane De La Rosa,

Steve Johnson sidelined with bruised finger (with videos and photos)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson didn’t throw his bullpen session this morning after jamming his right middle finger yesterday during a fielding drill. Johnson said the finger is feeling better after two days of icing it, though it’s noticeably bruised and swollen. He’s headed to a local hospital for X-rays later today. Johnson, signed to a minor league deal, was hit on the

Nix on his new opportunity, Lough on his fresh start

SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielders Jayson Nix and Rey Navarro have reported to camp, leaving outfielder Delmon Young and infielder Michael Almanzar as the only Orioles still marked absent. Position players aren’t due in camp until Tuesday. If memory serves, Almanzar was the last Oriole to report in 2014. Catcher Caleb Joseph returned to camp this morning after leaving yesterday to be with his wife, Brooke,

Webb hoping changes lead to more gems in 2015

SARASOTA, Fla. - When I rule the world, the Oscar statue is going to look like Jack Klugman. Orioles reliever Ryan Webb looks like a slimmed down version of himself. He reported to camp at 228 pounds, compared to 245 last spring. The right-hander says he ended the 2014 season at 236 pounds. How did he do it? “I ate better,” he said, instantly losing

Hearing from Showalter after the third workout (with video and photos)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t eliminate the possibility that Dylan Bundy could pitch in the majors this season. Bundy is full-go in camp after recovering from ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in June 2013. He threw a bullpen session today and looked better as it progressed. “Like I said all along, the governors are off on him,” Showalter said following today’s

De Aza putting arbitration loss behind him (with videos)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Alejandro De Aza walked out of the clubhouse today and headed to one of the back fields around 11:40 a.m., stopping to hug a few teammates along the way. De Aza has reported to camp after losing his arbitration hearing, insisting that the process is behind him and there are no hard feelings. I’d guess that earning $5 million this season

Ward hoping defense gives him edge in catching competition

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ bullpen sessions today will feature many of the top pitchers on the roster. Ubaldo Jimenez, Darren O’Day and Bud Norris are in Group 1, Tommy Hunter, Chris Tillman and Ryan Webb are in Group 2, Miguel Gonzalez, Wei-Yin Chen and Zach Britton are in Group 3, Brad Brach, T.J. McFarland and Kevin Gausman are in Group 4, and Dylan Bundy

Goals for Gonzalez include rotation spot and 200 innings

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette continues his search for another bullpen arm, hoping that one of the free agents will settle for a minor league deal as more time passes. It’s been known to happen. Miguel Gonzalez has no idea whether he’s going to begin the 2015 season in the rotation or bullpen. He has no idea whether the Orioles will

Hearing from Janish and Showalter following today’s workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielder Paul Janish said the surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow took place eight days ago and he’s hoping to be ready for the second half of camp. “Surgery went well,” he said. “It was just a few bone chips. Nothing serious. They were cleaned out pretty efficiently. They didn’t have to look around a whole lot, so not

Concluding the second day of workouts (with videos and photos)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles just concluded their second workout and are heading into the clubhouse. Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia and Triple-A Norfolk right-hander Mike Wright were especially impressive today during their bullpen sessions. Outfielder Alejandro De Aza, who lost his arbitration hearing, is expected to report later today. He wants to get comfortable in a new spring training facility. The Orioles are still

Jimenez on new delivery and improved outlook (De Aza loses arbitration case)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have 14 pitchers throwing in the bullpen today, six more than yesterday. Dane De La Rosa, Brian Matusz and Wesley Wright are in Group 1, Oliver Drake, Steve Johnson and Chaz Roe are in Group 2, Chris Jones, Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright are in Group 3, Tim Berry, Eddie Gamboa and Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia are in Group

Clevenger looking to get back up as the backup

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are back on their normal schedule today with physicals no longer eating up valuable hours in the morning. They won’t be taking the field at noon for the pre-workout stretch. We’ll find out whether outfielder Alejandro De Aza won his arbitration hearing and will be paid $5.65 million this season or if he must settle for $5 million. He made

Brault PTBNL in Snider deal

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have completed last month’s trade with the Pirates by sending them minor league left-hander Steven Brault as the player to be named later. Close the books on this one. The Pirates earlier had received minor league left-hander Stephen Tarpley in exchange for outfielder Travis Snider. Brault, 22, was an 11th-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Regis

Showalter after the first workout (with pictures)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles concluded their first workout and manager Buck Showalter met with the media in the prep room. A photo of a pride of lions hangs on a wall above him with the caption: “Surround Yourself With Those On The Same Mission As You.” Showalter was impressed that every player who took a physical was on the field today. “That’s one of

Notes on Steve Johnson and pace of game rules (plus photos and video)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Center fielder Adam Jones played catch and shagged fly balls on one of the practice fields this morning before heading back indoors. He was the only visible Oriole outside of the clubhouse at 11 a.m. The sound of batters taking their swings in the indoor cage echoed in the distance. Jones struck a pose for me as a parting shot, so to

Wieters: “I’ve been looking forward to this spring more than any other spring”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Matt Wieters still can’t provide any assurances that he’s going to be behind the plate for the Orioles on opening day at Tropicana Field. What he can do is detail his throwing progression and continue to sound optimistic about his chances. That will have to do for now. Wieters threw from 120-plus feet on back-to-back days before resting today. That’s progress. “Doing

The first workout, De Aza’s hearing and Reimold’s return

SARASOTA, Fla. - Today marks the Orioles’ first official workout of spring training at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. It’s supposed to be pitchers and catchers, but the place is crawling with position players, too. It’s such a common occurrence now, I didn’t question why shortstop J.J. Hardy was chatting with reporters at his locker yesterday morning. Or why outfielders Adam Jones and Alex Hassan

Showalter on Wieters, Janish, facility improvements and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he may allow Matt Wieters to catch the intrasquad games on the first two days of March rather than restrict him to being the designated hitter. Wieters won’t be cleared to throw with maximum effort behind the plate, but the Orioles can control the running game. That’s not the case in the Grapefruit League. Wieters is slated

Hearing from Duquette

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette met with reporters in the workroom for about eight minutes today and provided updates on Everth Cabrera and Paul Janish, among other topics. On Cabrera’s pending deal: “I don’t know that it’s going to be done this week. There’s a couple of issues that need to be resolved. We’ve had some discussions. There’s not a lot

Janish undergoes elbow surgery, and notes on Cabrera and Parmelee

SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielder Paul Janish, signed by the Orioles to a minor league deal in November, underwent surgery a few days ago to remove bone chips from his right elbow and is expected to miss six to eight weeks of camp. Janish was supposed to compete for a utility job. With Janish currently out of the mix, the Orioles signed another utility player, Jayson

Morning notes from camp (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The temperature at the Ed Smith Stadium complex won’t climb above the low 50s this afternoon and players are dressed accordingly, with hooded sweatshirts the uniform of the day. There’s no snow on the ground, but it still qualifies as cold in Florida. Shortstop J.J. Hardy, counted among the early arrivals, said he’s taking batting practice indoors, but it’s not entirely due

This, that and the other

SARASOTA, Fla. - With Orioles pitchers and catchers officially reporting to spring training this morning, the clubhouse will open to the media for an hour beginning at 8 a.m. The report dates aren’t as significant these days with so many players showing up early. It’s not like in the past when I’d stand inside an empty clubhouse waiting for guys to start trickling in, only

Wrapping up the first day at the Ed Smith Stadium complex

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter couldn’t comment today on the pending one-year deal with shortstop Everth Cabrera because it hadn’t been finalized. Cabrera took his physical and the Orioles are waiting on the results. They were thorough, as usual, due to past hamstring and shoulder issues. Also, Cabrera was charged in November with resisting arrest after being stopped for suspicion of driving under

Showalter on Wieters’ spring schedule

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed today that catcher Matt Wieters will serve as the designated hitter in the first intrasquad game and “more than likely” the March 3 exhibition opener against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. Wieters won’t move behind the plate until March 17 as he continues his recovery from ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. “I told him to break

Orioles nearing deal with Everth Cabrera

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are close to signing free agent shortstop Everth Cabrera to a one-year deal, according to sources. A few issues need to be resolved before it becomes official. Cabrera has taken his physical, but that’s not the only holdup. Cabrera, a career .248/.319/.333 hitter in six seasons with the Padres before they non-tendered him, was charged in November with resisting arrest

Can Janish win utility job?

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles should have enough utility infielders after yesterday’s signing of veteran Jayson Nix to a Triple-A deal with an invitation to spring training. It’s time to say “when.” Nix, who can earn $750,000 if he makes the team, is a career .212/.282/.345 hitter in seven major league seasons with eight teams and a .259/.330/.415 hitter in 14 minor league seasons. He’s

O’s sign Jayson Nix to minor league deal (plus Duquette quotes)

Executive vice president Dan Duquette had been seeking another infielder to bring to Sarasota and added one this afternoon, signing Jayson Nix to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The Orioles now have 57 players coming to camp, including 16 non-roster invitees. Nix, 32, was selected in the first round by the Rockies in 2001, and has played seven major league

Mills moves up to Bowie (plus full O’s minor league staff)

Former Orioles reliever Alan Mills has moved up two levels in the farm system to become pitching coach at Double-A Bowie. Mills continues a climb that began at short-season Single-A Aberdeen, where he spent two seasons. He served last summer as pitching coach at Single-A Delmarva. “It’s just a job,” said Mills, who pitched for the Orioles from 1992-98 and again in 2000-01. “Wherever I

Wondering about Wieters if he isn’t ready to catch (with note)

Has it stopped snowing? My Southwest flight is listed as questionable. I may need a place to crash, so let me know if you’ve got a spare bedroom or an unoccupied couch. Whatever happened to the Orioles announcing their minor league staffs? I understand that it’s not the kind of news that keeps fans awake a night, but I’m still waiting to cross it off

Jeffrey Maier’s infamous glove being auctioned

Should Orioles fans start a collection to buy Jeffrey Maier’s glove and burn it in a ceremony on opening day at Camden Yards? Just a thought. Maier’s black leather Mizuno glove is up for auction, in case you missed the news. The current bidding is listed at $13,000. A small price to pay to watch it smolder. In case you’ve been living under a rock,

Tillman leftovers for breakfast

If the Orioles are going to add another player to their camp roster before pitchers and catchers report, it’s got to happen within the next few days. A reliever and utility infielder remained on executive vice president Dan Duquette’s shopping list as he addressed the crowd at FanFest on Jan. 31. He wanted more depth in both areas. Time also is running out for me

Another look at the lineup and what to do with Pearce

I was messing around with another projected Orioles lineup yesterday during “Wall to Wall Baseball” on MASN. We had two hours to kill. Manager Buck Showalter can go in many directions, depending on the opponent’s starting pitcher. Here’s one possibility: Alejandro De Aza LF Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C Steve Pearce DH Travis Snider RF J.J. Hardy SS

Davis shifting his strategy at the plate

Major League Baseball has officially awarded the 2017 All-Star Game to the Miami Marlins. It’s also convinced that the Orioles moved back to St. Louis. That’s three straight National League cities, and Washington could make it four in a row in 2018. However, MLB is trying to be “fair” by alternating which league bats last, since these games determine home-field advantage in the World Series.

Which Orioles bring the most spring curiosity?

To borrow another one of manager Buck Showalter’s favorite expressions, our curiosity will be satisfied in spring training. I’m curious about a handful of the 56 players reporting to Orioles camp. For instance: * Dylan Bundy: He’s going to be treated like any other pitcher in camp, according to Showalter. No reason to hold him back any longer. He’s healthy and on a regular schedule.

Tillman removes drama over opening day starter

Spring training will provide its share of storylines, but I don’t anticipate much drama when it comes to naming the opening day starter. Is it really a mystery? The past five seasons brought five different starters, but Chris Tillman will go back-to-back by taking the ball on April 6 at Tropicana Field. The only question is how long it takes for manager Buck Showalter to

Graham on new minor league hires, Davis on spring plan and last year’s injury

The Orioles crossed another item off their to-do list yesterday by announcing their camp roster, which included 15 non-roster invitees. Manager Buck Showalter counts 59 available lockers at the Sarasota complex and he uses that number as his cutoff while constructing the roster. There’s room for three more players if the Orioles want to occupy the entire space. The group of instructors includes Kevin Bradshaw,

Orioles announce spring training roster

The Orioles are inviting 15 non-roster players to spring training, including pitcher Hunter Harvey, veteran left-hander Mark Hendrickson and outfielder Dariel Alvarez. Just as manager Buck Showalter stated at the minicamp, pitcher Suk-min Yoon isn’t included among the non-roster invitees. Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski also was excluded after moving up from low Single-A Delmarva to Double-A Bowie last summer. The Orioles could still sign another player

Orioles notes, games against Cuban team and Davis’ highway heroics

The Orioles are expected to announce their minor league coaching staffs this week, much later than in previous winters. Most of the holdup was attributed to the hiring of Keith Bodie as hitting coach at Double-A Bowie. Bodie spent the past three seasons as manager at Double-A Corpus Christi in the Astros organization. One more coach could be added at the lower level of the

Reimold: “I just want to prove them right for bringing me back”

Nolan Reimold is planning to arrive in Sarasota next week for the start of spring training, well ahead of the Orioles’ report date for position players. A minor league deal brought him back to the organization, and he’s not wasting any time getting to work. “Obviously, I’m very happy to be back,” Reimold said. “I never wanted to leave in the first place. But coming

Orioles discussing exhibition game in Cuba

An Orioles official confirmed today that the club is interested in playing an exhibition game in Cuba this spring. “The club is looking at the possibility,” said executive vice president Dan Duquette. “Peter (Angelos) has contacts there and it’s something we’re looking at.” Duquette wouldn’t qualify the chances of a game being held in Cuba this spring, though it may be more realistic in 2016

Orioles announce Reimold deal (updated)

The Orioles announced today that they’ve signed outfielder Nolan Reimold to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The process dragged along for a while, but the deal is official. The sides reached agreement last week after the Orioles included an opt-out clause later in the season. The Indians had the same deal on the table, though it’s believed that the Orioles

Orioles who need to get defensive

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has issued warnings in the past about never overlooking an orchid while searching for a rose. It’s one of his favorite phrases. During the Q&A forum at FanFest last weekend, Showalter was asked which orchids were being overlooked on the current roster. He immediately brought up second baseman Jonathan Schoop. “If you look back through the normal progression of young players,

This, that and the other

The Orioles re-signed outfielder Julio Borbon to a minor league deal after selecting him from the Cubs organization in the Triple-A phase of the 2013 Rule 5 draft. Borbon batted .288/.342/.356 with 9 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 44 RBIs and 34 stolen bases in 124 games at Triple-A Norfolk. He never made it to Camden Yards. Former executive and current MLB Network Radio

Latest look at the lineup

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told me yesterday that he’s still working on the spring training roster with manager Buck Showalter. The club is expected to add at least one more player to a minor league deal before heading south. Former hitting coach Jim Presley remains under contract with the Orioles after being reassigned following the 2014 season, but it hasn’t been determined whether

Duquette on De Aza negotiations

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed today that the club is headed to an arbitration hearing with outfielder Alejandro De Aza on Feb. 20 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The sides exchanged figures last month, at which point the Orioles decided to “file to go” rather than make a serious attempt to negotiate a settlement. De Aza submitted $5.65 million and the Orioles countered at

Coolbaugh’s potential influence on Jones and others

The Orioles continue to piece together their camp roster, which apparently won’t exceed 59 players. They’ve settled on their invites from inside the organization and may add someone else from outside. I’m told that the current head count includes outfielder Nolan Reimold, though he may not sign his contract until arriving in Sarasota. The more I check, the more I’m certain that the Orioles are

Hearing from Wallace, Navarro and Joseph

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has stated on multiple occasions this winter that right-hander Dylan Bundy will be treated like everyone else at spring training. The top pitching prospect in the system won’t be brought along slowly or placed in a separate group. He’s completely healthy. The governor is off, as Showalter likes to say. Pitching coach Dave Wallace is eager to get a better look

Britton settles on contract for 2015

The Orioles have reached agreement on a 2015 contract with closer Zach Britton, according to a source, leaving them with only one unsigned player as spring training approaches. Britton will receive $3.2 million guaranteed and he could earn another $300,000 in incentives based on games finished. He submitted $4.2 million when the sides exchanged figures last month and the Orioles countered at $2.2 million. He

More on Orioles arbitration and minor league staff

Considering that the Orioles began the offseason with 11 players who were eligible for arbitration, they should view it as a victory that they’ve shaved the list to two. Only Zach Britton and Alejandro De Aza remain unsigned as spring training approaches. Everyone gets a raise, which is sort of like every kid getting a trophy. The Orioles’ payroll has increased again this year despite

Gonzalez signs for 2015

The Orioles have gone from 11 unsigned arbitration-eligible players to only two. Miguel Gonzalez agreed to a $3.275 million deal tonight, according to sources, which leaves closer Zach Britton and outfielder Alejandro De Aza without contracts for the upcoming season. Gonzalez, 30, submitted $3.95 million when the sides exchanged figures last month and the Orioles countered at $2.5 million. He made $529,000 last season. Though

Orioles trade Lombardozzi to Pirates

The Orioles are having a busy day. The club just announced that it traded minor league infielder Steve Lombardozzi, a graduate of Atholton High School, to the Pirates for cash considerations. Earlier today, the Orioles sent minor league catcher Michael Ohlman to the Cardinals in another cash transaction. Lombardozzi isn’t the player to be named in the Travis Snider trade. This is a separate transaction

Orioles reach agreement with Reimold on minor league deal (updated)

Almost two full months after expressing confidence that they had a deal done, the Orioles finally reached agreement today with outfielder Nolan Reimold on a minor league contract, according to sources. Final details are being worked out before the deal, which includes an invitation to spring training, becomes official. The Orioles hadn’t been in contact with Reimold since December until reaching out to him a

Ohlman traded to Cardinals

A week after being designated for assignment, catcher Michael Ohlman is changing organizations. The Orioles announced today that they traded Ohlman, 24, to the St. Louis Cardinals for cash considerations. They removed him from the 40-man roster on Jan. 27 to create room for outfielder Travis Snider. Ohlman batted .236/.310/.318 with two home runs and 33 RBIs in 113 games last season with Double-A Bowie.

A case of he said, he said

Over the past few days, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has singled out Logan Verrett when discussing the Rule 5 pitchers who will report to spring training later this month. Nothing against Jason Garcia. Duquette has tossed praise his way, as well. But he’s been bringing up Verrett’s name first, including last night on the “Hot Stove Show” on 105.7 The Fan after I

Leftovers from O’Day at FanFest

I’m a huge fan of sarcasm unless it’s coming from my doctor, and Orioles reliever Darren O’Day brought it strong at Saturday’s FanFest at the Baltimore Convention Center. Meeting with the media behind the main stage, O’Day was asked what ran through his mind during the week that the Orioles lost free agents Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis and Andrew Miller to free agency and reports

More from Davis at FanFest

One of the lasting images for me at FanFest on Saturday was first baseman Chris Davis sporting his usual winter beard and a smile that hadn’t been seen by reporters in almost five months. We also hadn’t heard from him since the Game 4 loss to the Royals in the American League Championship Series, when he politely declined comment. He sat silently on a couch

Britton on his contract, last season and 2015

We’ve flipped the page on the calendar and the Orioles need to pick up the pace and get closer Zach Britton signed for the 2015 season. A hearing will take place later this month if the sides don’t reach agreement. Britton submitted at $4.2 million and the Orioles countered at $2.2 million. He made $521,500 last season. Asked at FanFest if he had any updates,

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