More Rule 5 talk and a possible outfield option

So much for the narrative that no contending team would make a pick in the Rule 5 draft. There were 18 players selected yesterday and picks were made by Boston, Toronto, Cleveland, Texas and Detroit. Add in the Orioles’ two selections and all five teams that made the American League playoffs in October made Rule 5 selections on Thursday. O’s vice president Dan Duquette made ... read more

Dan Duquette on the Orioles’ two Rule 5 selections

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The Orioles today took not one, but two players in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft. Both are outfielders and both will need to stick on the major league roster all year to stay in the organization beyond the 2017 season. The Orioles will take a good look at both in spring training. They selected 24-year-old Aneury Tavarez ... read more

Trade the stars? O’s not going there right now

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette made it very clear yesterday, but it was no surprise anyway, that the Orioles are not shopping closer Zach Britton and/or third baseman Manny Machado. They are players the Orioles are looking to build around - two of their top core players - not players they want to subtract from a contending team. Or at ... read more

ESPN’s Keith Law on Chance Sisco, Mark Trumbo, Zach Britton and more

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - In asking ESPN’s Keith Law today about what it would take for a team like the Orioles to trade for outfielder Adam Eaton, he mentioned that it would be tough. The package would probably have to start with their No. 1 prospect, catcher Chance Sisco, Law said. The point is moot now; Eaton was traded to the Nationals this afternoon and ... read more

Scott Boras on Matt Wieters, Zach Britton and Pedro Alvarez

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md - Baseball’s most prominent agent, Scott Boras, said today that the door is still open for his client, catcher Matt Wieters, to return to the Orioles. He was asked if the free agent has played his last game with the Orioles. “Well, no, I mean, look, he threw out over 35 percent of his runners,” Boras said. “When Matt Wieters is behind ... read more

A look at the Orioles’ 2016 draft with Baseball America’s John Manuel (video)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Baseball America has given the Orioles solid reviews for their 2016 draft, which featured three pitchers from the Midwest as their top three picks: Cody Sedlock, Keegan Akin and Matthias Dietz. This morning at the Winter Meetings, I interviewed Baseball America editor in chief John Manuel to get his thoughts on the Orioles’ draft. “First, I like that Cody Sedlock has ... read more

Notes on the Rule 5 draft, Chance Sisco and one interesting tweet

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper studies and reports on the Rule 5 draft as well as any reporter out there. Yesterday I sought out some of his thoughts on the draft. Last year, the Orioles added outfielder Joey Rickard from the Rays and lost first baseman Ji-man Choi to the Angels in the major league phase of the draft. While the Orioles ... read more

Harold Reynolds on Manny Machado: “It’s hard to give one player all that money” (video)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Orioles fans and Orioles management both know it’s the elephant in the room. Third baseman Manny Machado will be a free agent after the 2018 season. Can the team re-sign him to what would potentially be a massive contract or do the O’s consider trading him if they can’t re-up the 24-year-old superstar? In a video interview today at the Winter ... read more