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Orioles minor leaguer Ramon Ramirez killed in motorcycle accident (with statement)

Orioles minor league infielder Ramon Ramirez was killed yesterday in the Dominican Republic when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle. He was 23. The club is still gathering information on the accident, which occurred as Ramirez was leaving a softball game. His friends were arranging a farewell party before his return to the United States. Ramirez’s girlfriend was riding on the back of the

Does Efren Navarro’s arrival potentially impact Chris Davis?

The acquisition of outfielder/first baseman Efren Navarro from the Angels has raised a few questions in relation to the Orioles’ motives for making the deal. Why a player who’s regarded as a plus defender at first base? Should we read anything into it? I’ve heard a few theories tossed around that can be debated here this morning. Maybe the Orioles targeted Navarro while searching for

Manny Machado’s ranking at third base and some Chris Davis leftovers

If you like random rankings, here’s one to start your morning. MLB Network rated Manny Machado as the fourth-best third baseman in baseball, slotting him between the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre and the Dodgers’ Justin Turner. The press release stated that a number of offensive and defensive metrics were considered while compiling the list, along with projections for the upcoming season. Here’s the Top 10: 1.

Former Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson signs with Rangers

Former Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson, the local product who made his major league debut four years ago at Camden Yards, has signed a minor league deal with the Rangers that includes an invitation to spring training. The Orioles designated Johnson for assignment on Dec. 2 while making a flurry of roster moves at the deadline to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. They needed to

Mike Wright on Hyun Soo Kim and competing for a rotation spot

Former Orioles outfielder, first baseman and all-around good guy Steve Pearce sent out a couple of tweets last night after signing his one-year, $4.75 million contract with the Rays. While expressing excitement over his latest opportunity, he took the time to acknowledge his recent past. “While I am looking forward to the new challenge, I will forever remember my years in Baltimore with such great

Notes on Joey Terdoslavich and Rays-Rockies trade (with spring uniform note)

Infielder Joey Terdoslavich cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, according to a tweet from the Orioles. The Orioles designated Terdoslavich for assignment last week to make room for first baseman Chris Davis on the 40-man roster. Terdoslavich, a switch-hitter who also plays the outfield, was selected off waivers from the Braves on Jan. 8. He didn’t last long on the 40-man, but

Doug Fister is off the board

So much for the Orioles signing Doug Fister to fill out their rotation. The Astros have agreed to terms with Fister on a one-year deal. The club confirmed it in a tweet this morning. SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that Fister will receive a guaranteed $7 million, and performance bonuses can push the total value to $12 million. The Orioles were interested in Fister, but

Cleaning out my notebook

We’ve discussed the importance of the rotation bouncing back after a disappointing 2015 season, but the lineup also includes players who need to stay healthy and step up their games. Manager Buck Showalter recently provided a reminder when asked about second baseman Jonathan Schoop perhaps taking the next step in his progression. “We had Jonathan, what, for maybe half the year last year?” Showalter asked.

More on L.J. Hoes and Kevin Gausman’s third pitch

The Orioles’ decision yesterday to designate outfielder L.J. Hoes for assignment came as a surprise, considering how the former third-round pick was expected to compete for a bench role, if not the starting job in right field. Hoes could end up clearing waivers and being outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. He’d like to remain in the organization. I asked executive vice president Dan Duquette about the

Orioles acquire Efren Navarro from Angels (with Duquette quote)

The Orioles acquired a left-handed hitting outfielder today in a trade with the Angels, obtaining Efren Navarro for cash considerations. Outfielder L.J. Hoes was designated for assignment to create a spot on the 40-man roster. Navarro, 29, hit .329/.380/.442 with 24 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 29 RBIs in 72 games with Triple-A Salt Lake in 2015. He batted .253/.295/.301 with four doubles

Peter Angelos on Chris Davis: “He’s an exceptional guy” (plus other notes)

As the Orioles continue their search for another starting pitcher and outfielder, they’re much more comfortable with a lineup that includes first baseman Chris Davis. It wasn’t easy, but they got the deal done, reaching agreement on a seven-year contract that totals $161 million - including $42 million deferred and payments that stretch until Davis is in his 50s. It became official on Thursday. Managing

Still searching for a starter

There are 23 more days before Orioles pitchers and catchers officially report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, though the number of early arrivals seems to grow every year. Twenty-three more days and we still don’t know who’s replacing Wei-Yin Chen in the rotation. If the season started today, the Orioles would make a fortune on coffee and hot chocolate sales. Also, I’d

David Lough signs with Phillies (and other notes)

Former Orioles outfielder David Lough has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies that includes an invitation to spring training. The club made the announcement this afternoon. The Phillies front office is loaded with former Orioles executives, including newly hired senior director of baseball operations Ned Rice. The Orioles non-tendered Lough on Dec. 2 rather than offer him a contract for the 2016 season.

Dylan Bundy on his first bullpen session (with Chen note)

Did everyone dig out of the blizzard and find their cars and children? I wrote on Thursday that Dylan Bundy threw his first bullpen session last week. Full mound, 20 fastballs and no pain in his right shoulder or forearm. Bundy had been throwing off flat ground from 150 feet before moving to a half-mound at the minicamp and firing 15 fastballs. “Arm’s healthy,” Bundy

This, that and the other

Orioles manager Buck Showalter remained in Baltimore Friday morning after attending Chris Davis’ press conference. He already was subjected to tornadoes in Dallas. Why not add a blizzard? When do the locusts arrive? Agent Scott Boras stayed in Baltimore following the presser. He was spotted downtown. No idea whether he flew out in the morning. I’m trying to be a fountain of information, but it

Because You Asked - Seventh Inning Fetch

It’s sequel time here at School of Roch, as I deliver the latest installment of “Because You Asked.” The question keep pouring in and I do my best to answer them as many times as humanly possible. I’m giving you one-stop shopping this morning, but we’re out of milk and bread. Do the Orioles still have their offer on the table to Yoenis Cespedes? This

Are the Orioles moving away from Gallardo?

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is reluctant to talk specifics with the local media when it pertains to free agents and potential trade partners. He sees no benefit in showing his hand to the rest of the industry. However, Duquette tends to be a little more forthcoming on MLB Network Radio, the latest example coming this morning. Speaking with former executives Jim Duquette (his

Leftovers from the press conference

What did we learn from last night’s press conference inside the auxiliary clubhouse at Camden Yards? Chris Davis has a neatly trimmed beard and an adorable baby girl, Ella, who kept saying “cheese” after someone snapped a photo of her. Not during it, of course. Kids who are a few months shy of their second birthday don’t care about timing. He also has a quotable

Hearing from Chris Davis and Scott Boras

As Chris Davis waited to learn whether the Orioles were serious about keeping him, his agent flew into Baltimore to meet with managing partner Peter Angelos and executive vice president Dan Duquette. Scott Boras made it clear that his client wanted to stay in Baltimore, that the team, city and ballpark were a perfect fit. He later joked that it might not be the best

Chris Davis signing is official

Major League Baseball’s leader in home runs officially is coming back to the Orioles. First baseman Chris Davis passed his physical and signed his new contract, which covers seven years and guarantees him $161 million. A large man signs the biggest contract in franchise history. Run with it. The Orioles have scheduled a 7 p.m. press conference at Camden Yards, which will air live on

Former Oriole Steve Pearce agrees to terms with Rays

The Orioles apparently will go 3-for-6 in keeping their free agents. Outfielder/first baseman Steve Pearce has agreed to terms with the Rays on a one-year deal, with sources confirming a Tampa Bay Tribune report. The contract is pending a physical. Matt Wieters accepted the Orioles’ $15.8 million qualifying offer, reliever Darren O’Day signed a four-year, $31 million deal and first baseman Chris Davis agreed to

The lineup and J.J. Hardy’s place in it (with Davis update)

The Orioles could make Chris Davis’ signing official later today and schedule a press conference at Camden Yards, or we may hear nothing before Friday. That’s the best I can do for an update. I’m still voting for any plan that allows me to avoid rush hour traffic on Friday as people flee the city in a snow panic. Update: The Orioles are hoping to

Leftovers for breakfast

Here are a few items to carry you through the morning between trips to the grocery store, where I was greeted yesterday by an Orioles fan who asked whether Chris Davis was going to cook dinner. The Orioles continue to search for another outfielder and a starting pitcher. There’s more work to do following the agreement with Davis. “We’re still looking around and seeing how

More on Chris Davis’ pending physical

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is flying into Baltimore tonight and will take his physical Wednesday and Thursday after agreeing to a seven-year, $161 million contract. With snow in the forecast this weekend, the Orioles are hoping to hold a press conference Thursday or early Friday. “That would be ideal,” said executive vice president Dan Duquette. Orioles manager Buck Showalter is in Florida and said

Orioles minor league pitcher Zack Dodson suspended

Orioles minor league pitcher Zack Dodson has been suspended 100 games without pay for a third positive test for a drug of abuse, according to a press release from Major League Baseball. If you’re not familiar with Dodson, 25, the Orioles signed him last month as a minor league free agent. The Pirates selected him in the fourth round of the 2009 draft out of

Times announced for Orioles regular season games

The Orioles again will open and close their season with 3:05 p.m. games, according to the master schedule released earlier today by Major League Baseball. Opening day for the Orioles arrives on April 4 against the Twins at Camden Yards. The regular season concludes on Oct. 2 against the Yankees in the Bronx. This is the second consecutive year that MLB has arranged for every

This, that and the other

The Orioles aren’t expected to announce their new deal with first baseman Chris Davis until the end of the week. As always, patience is a virtue and a requirement. Davis must undergo a physical, which he should pass as soon as he’s done powerlifting the team doctors. A player will come off the 40-man roster to create room for Davis. The Orioles could drop infielder

What does the Davis signing mean to Walker and Mancini?

The Orioles don’t intend to sign Chris Davis to a seven-year, $161 million deal to have him play right field or serve as the primary designated hitter. He’s here to play first base, with the ability to move around in specific cases. As it now stands, Mark Trumbo figures to get most of his at-bats as the designated hitter. However, the Orioles still haven’t figured

Alan Mills can relate to Jason Garcia’s jump from Single-A to the majors

The questions keep pouring in regarding the Orioles’ seven-year, $161 million deal with first baseman Chris Davis. Mostly how it may impact other moves. The Orioles aren’t giving Yoenis Cespedes $90 million, let alone whatever figure he has in mind beyond what they’re paying Davis. As I wrote yesterday, they’d be fine with a one-year deal if he’s willing to go that route. ESPN’s Buster

Zach Britton on Chris Davis: “In all honesty, we really needed him back” (updated)

As news of Chris Davis’ agreement with the Orioles broke early this morning, I was left to scramble for confirmation, more details and a better understanding of how the sides finally came together. I slept through a text message tipping me off about the agreement. So it’s true: You snooze, you really do lose. The Orioles were ready to move on, turning their attention to

Orioles reach agreement with Chris Davis on seven-year deal (updated)

Just as it appeared that the Orioles were moving away from Chris Davis, they reached agreement to keep the free-agent first baseman in Baltimore. A source confirmed this morning that Davis has agreed to terms with the Orioles following a lengthy period of stalled negotiations. The club had a seven-year, $150 million offer on the table that included deferred money and was unwilling to budge

Thoughts on Fowler, Fister, Cespedes and remaining arbitration eligibles

This is the time of year when the Orioles are linked to just about every free agent on the market, no matter the position or potential cost. The speculation intensifies if the player actually matches a need. The Orioles continue their search for an outfielder, with right field the preference but not necessarily a requirement. Though Hyun Soo Kim projects more as a left fielder

Gonzalez avoids arbitration (O’s exchange figures with Britton, Matusz)

The Orioles are down to two unsigned arbitration-eligible players. Pitcher Miguel Gonzalez has agreed to a $5.1 million deal. He made $3.275 million last season while going 9-12 with a 4.91 ERA and 1.396 WHIP in 26 starts over 144 2/3 innings. Gonzalez made two stops on the disabled list with groin and shoulder injuries. He’s healthy now and hoping for a bounceback season. Closer

Chris Tillman and Ryan Flaherty agree to 2016 deals (and Manny Machado)

The Orioles have reached agreements with starter Chris Tillman and infielder Ryan Flaherty on contracts for the 2016 season. Tillman receives a raise from $4.315 million to $6.225 million. His deal also includes, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Flaherty receives $1.5 million after making $1.075 million last season. As of this filing, the Orioles haven’t reached agreements with their four remaining arbitration-eligible players -

More on arbitration eligibles, interest in Kendrick and Showalter quotes

The Orioles and their six unsigned arbitration-eligible players will exchange salary figures today if agreements can’t be reached on contracts for the upcoming season. As I say every year, it’s a whole lot of wasted reporting energy. The players are under team control. It’s just a matter of determining how much they’re going to be paid in 2016. Third baseman Manny Machado is the most

Orioles make offer to Yoenis Cespedes (Brach agrees to terms)

While first baseman Chris Davis remains on the free agent market, the Orioles appear to be focused on Yoenis Cespedes as a potential replacement in the middle of the lineup. The Orioles have made an offer to Cespedes, according to an industry source. No deal is imminent, however, and the market continues to develop. Cespedes hit .291 and posted career highs with 35 home runs

Mark Trumbo agrees to terms on contract

The Orioles’ list of arbitration-eligible players is down to seven. Mark Trumbo has agreed to terms on a $9.15 million contract for the 2016 season, according to an industry source. The Orioles acquired Trumbo and left-hander C.J. Riesenhauser from the Mariners on Dec. 2 for catcher Steve Clevenger. Trumbo, who turns 30 on Saturday, made $6.9 million this year while batting a combined .262/.310/.449 with

Zach Britton on Wei-Yin Chen: “A great teammate”

Wei-Yin Chen’s former teammates and coaches made sure to text or call him following the news on Tuesday that he agreed to a five-year contract with the Marlins, officially ending his tenure as an Oriole. Chen spent four years in Baltimore. He could make it through six in Miami, including a vesting option that brings the total value of the contract to $96 million. Of

Wrapping up the last day of Orioles minicamp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Dylan Bundy threw 15 fastballs off the half mound today at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. A few feet away, Hunter Harvey threw a full bullpen session off the regular mound. The Orioles’ top two prospects simultaneously in action, raising hopes as the minicamp drew to a close. “It’s great to know that they’re on schedule, they’re part of the group. They’re,

MASN to air seven Orioles spring training games

SARASOTA, Fla. - If you can’t make it down to spring training this year, MASN will air seven exhibition games for your viewing pleasure. If you can make it down to spring training, the network still intends to broadcast the games. It’s not all about you. Seriously, though, the Orioles’ first Grapefruit League game on MASN is March 8 against the Red Sox at 1

Henry Urrutia on his illness, his trip to Cuba and maybe his final chance

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Henry Urrutia is at minicamp this week without needing to swing a bat. It’s more about getting stronger, gaining more weight and waiting for his next chance. Urrutia spent part of his winter playing in Venezuela, where he became ill and lost about 16 pounds. He also visited his family in Cuba for the first time since defecting. Otherwise, nothing much

More thoughts on losing Wei-Yin Chen and Gerardo Parra

SARASOTA, Fla. - As the free agent market was set to open, I listed left-hander Wei-Yin Chen as the least likely of the six Orioles to re-sign with the team. Chen yesterday became the first to leave, though Gerardo Parra followed so closely, he almost stepped on his former teammate’s heels. This isn’t so much an I-told-you-so as a reminder that the Orioles don’t normally

More Orioles notes and quotes from Day 2 of minicamp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles contacted pitcher Gavin Floyd about a tryout at minicamp this week, but he turned down the offer. Floyd, a Severna Park native and graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, is playing long toss after undergoing surgery on his right elbow for a second consecutive year. He hasn’t thrown off a mound. The Orioles could try again later this winter.

Wei-Yin Chen and Gerardo Parra no longer on market

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Marlins reportedly have reached an agreement with left-hander Wei-Yin Chen on a five-year contract, making him the Orioles’ first free agent to leave the organization. Outfielder Gerardo Parra quickly became the second, reportedly agreeing to a three-year, $27.5 million contract with the Rockies. FOXSports.com first reported that Chen’s deal included a vesting player option for a sixth year. Multiple reports have

Orioles sign Alex Liddi to minor league deal (plus minicamp notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have signed Alex Liddi to a minor league deal. A team official confirmed it earlier this morning. Liddi, 27, appeared in 49 games with Triple-A Norfolk in 2013. He spent the 2015 season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas in the Royals system, batting .287/.324/.474 with 39 doubles, six triples, 13 home runs and 56 RBIs in 128 games. Liddi, a native

Riefenhauser happy to be closer to home with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - Welcome to Day 2 of Orioles minicamp at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, where you’d find frost on the pumpkins if they were part of the d├ęcor. The temperature is supposed to soar into the low 60s today as a group of pitchers throw bullpen sessions in front of manager Buck Showalter and his staff. I’ll provide injury updates later on pitcher

Looking back on the first day of minicamp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Did we learn anything of importance yesterday on the first day of minicamp? Well, Hunter Harvey and Dylan Bundy insist that they’re 100 percent physically. Harvey said he’s thrown three bullpen sessions, which might make a few people nervous in the organization. They don’t want him pushing it and risking a more serious injury to his elbow. Bundy continues to long-toss from

More Orioles notes and quotes from today’s minicamp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter spoke briefly today with the players attending minicamp before turning it over to pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti. “I talked to them for about five minutes before Wally and Dom did their thing, congratulated them on being invited and appreciate them coming,” Showalter said this afternoon while sitting in his office at the Ed

Orioles again expressing interest in Gavin Floyd (plus other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles are discussing whether to invite pitcher Gavin Floyd to minicamp and give him a tryout. Injuries have limited Floyd, a Severna Park native, to five starts with the White Sox in 2013, nine starts with the Braves in 2014 and seven relief appearances with the Indians last season. He’s currently a free agent. Floyd, who turns

Bridwell healthy and eager for spring training

SARASOTA, Fla. - Not only did right-hander Parker Bridwell refuse to stress over the possibility of being added to the Orioles’ 40-man roster, he had no idea when teams were required to protect players from the Rule 5 draft. The deadline could have been hours or months away for all he knew. The Orioles shocked Bridwell on Nov. 20 by including him on the roster,

Updates on Hunter Harvey and Dylan Bundy

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are holding their first minicamp meeting after opening the clubhouse to the media at 9 a.m. Players will take the field later this morning. Chris Tillman,and Zach Britton are here, sporting full beards. Miguel Gonzalez is at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and also bearded. Henry Urrutia also reported despite not being included on the roster. The health updates are

Orioles open their latest minicamp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles begin their latest minicamp this morning, the third year in a row that it’s being held at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. How time flies. In January 2015, Mark Hendrickson talked about his latest comeback attempt while attending his second minicamp in three years. “I’m a grandfather, for goodness sake, and that was two months ago,” Hendrickson said. “Now there’s

Do the Orioles need to keep the 14th pick?

I can’t make it through another day if I have to read or hear the latest non-update update on Chris Davis. Same holds if I write it. I’ve reached my quota. The Orioles offered $150 million over seven years if you factor in deferred money. Agent Scott Boras is seeking a better deal. No team has stepped up with a more lucrative proposal, as far

Notes on Justin Upton and Miguel Gonzalez

If Justin Upton is willing to accept a one-year deal and re-enter the free agent market next winter, it’s certainly news to his representative. Agent Larry Reynolds told MLB Network’s Jon Heyman that he continues to seek a multi-year deal for Upton, one of the few high-profile outfielders who remains unemployed. “We are not considering shorter-term deals at this time,” Reynolds said. “The goal has

Orioles claim Joey Terdoslavich off waivers (updated)

The Orioles claimed infielder/outfielder Joey Terdoslavich off waivers today from the Braves, occupying the final open spot on their 40-man roster. Terdoslavich, a switch-hitter who attended Sarasota High School near the Ed Smith Stadium complex, is a career .280/.345/.451 hitter in 604 career minor league games. He’s batted .221/.296/.324 in 92 games with the Braves over the past three seasons. Terdoslavich, 27, batted .281/.391/.452 (41-for-146)

Notes on Denard Span, Miguel Gonzalez and the assistant hitting coach candidates

Another outfielder came off the board yesterday when Denard Span agreed to terms on a three-year, $31 million contract with the Giants that also includes a possible $5 million in incentives. The Orioles liked Span as a right fielder and leadoff hitter, but they weren’t offering more than one season. The deal would have been loaded with incentives. I figured that Span would get two

Mark Quinn talks about his new position with Orioles

On the day that Mark Quinn is introduced as the Orioles’ new assistant hitting coach, it’s important to spin back the dial to 2000, his rookie season with the Royals and a conversation with Brady Anderson that changed his life. Anderson was playing his next-to-last season with the Orioles. Quinn was headed to a third-place finish in Rookie of the Year balloting in the American

More thoughts on free agency and the Hall of Fame (Quinn hiring official)

With Alex Gordon off the board, it’s fair to wonder whether he truly was on the Orioles’ radar. They want another left-handed bat. They’d gladly take a four-time Gold Glove outfielder. They’d build a shrine to a hitter with a career .348 on-base percentage over nine seasons. Gordon made sense on many levels, but he came with health concerns that tempered the Orioles’ enthusiasm. Where

Mark Quinn to be named Orioles assistant hitting coach (plus Hall of Fame ballot)

The Orioles have chosen former major league outfielder Mark Quinn as their new assistant hitting coach, with multiple sources confirming the hire. The club is expected to make the announcement on Thursday if the paperwork is completed. Quinn and Milt Thompson were two of the finalists for the job. Thompson is expected to remain in his current role as Royals minor league outfield/baserunning/bunting coordinator. Quinn,

Taking a closer look at Matusz versus Bastardo (with Gordon note)

While we wait for the Orioles to reveal their new assistant hitting coach on Thursday, I’ve heard that former major league outfielders Milt Thompson and Mark Quinn were finalists for the job. Five candidates were interviewed. Thompson is a career .274/.335/.372 hitter in 13 major league seasons with six teams. He was the Phillies hitting coach during their 2008 championship season and again when they

This, that and the other (updated)

The Orioles haven’t named a replacement for Ned Rice, formerly their director of major league administration who accepted a job as assistant general manager in Philadelphia. It appears that they will stay inside the organization, though nothing is final. Rice’s loss is a big one for the front office. What are the chances that free agent outfielder/first baseman Steve Pearce follows Rice to Philadelphia? The

Taking a look at the minicamp roster (updated)

Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey are two of the more intriguing names among the Orioles minor league pitchers attending next week’s minicamp in Sarasota. Manager Buck Showalter, pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti want to check on the organization’s top prospects. Bundy was shut down in the Arizona Fall League due to tightness in his right forearm. Harvey was shut down in

Urrutia eager to prove he belongs in the majors

Any discussion about the options at first base if Chris Davis doesn’t re-sign always include Triple-A Norfolk’s Christian Walker and Double-A Bowie’s Trey Mancini. They’re the in-house candidates - both expected to start out in the minors, but potential fits depending on what happens before opening day. The current in-house options in right field include L.J. Hoes, Nolan Reimold, Dariel Alvarez, Rule 5 pick Joey

What Davis’ delayed decision is doing to Orioles

The subject keeps coming up and I feel the need to continue my attempts to provide some clarity. New year, old topic. The Orioles aren’t closed for business despite how Chris Davis remains on the free agent market and their $150 million offer is being treated like those jelly-filled chocolates that you spit out as a kid. They traded for Mark Trumbo and signed Hyun

Thoughts on Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson as starters

If the Orioles are going to upgrade their rotation, they need to find a veteran with a track record, someone who can slot near the top and give them innings and a chance to win every five days. Yovani Gallardo and Doug Fister remain on the market. Fister is a prime candidate for a bounce-back season and he makes a lot of sense for the

Orioles have same old needs in a new year

We’ve entered a brand-spanking new year with the Orioles’ roster still a construction zone. Slow down while going through it. On one hand, they’ve gotten more done this winter than in 2014 with the additions of Vance Worley, L.J. Hoes, Mark Trumbo, Hyun Soo Kim and Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard, along with retaining Matt Wieters via the qualifying offer and re-signing Darren O’Day to

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