One reporter questions baseball’s economic system

The column published Tuesday by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was interesting and thought-provoking. It was about the economic system in place in baseball due to the brutally slow-to-move free agent market right now in the game. Click here to read the column. It is worth your time. I applaud the effort, research and time that went into this, but I will say I don’t ... read more

Are Pirates going where Orioles may eventually be headed?

While the management of the Pittsburgh Pirates is not saying the club has gone into full rebuild mode, the Bucs have traded pitcher Gerrit Cole and the face of their franchise, outfielder Andrew McCutchen, in recent days. The Pirates dealt Cole, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, to the Houston Astros for four players on Saturday. They dealt McCutchen, a Pirate for ... read more

As O’s look for more rotation innings, the AL trend is for less

It is not a secret that the Orioles need to get more innings out of their starting rotation than they have in recent years. Not only has their starting rotation ranked near the bottom of the league in ERA, but also in combined innings pitched. But this has happened to the Orioles at a time when the entire American League has seen starters pitching fewer ... read more

After 10 years, Adam Jones faces uncertain O’s future

Over 10 seasons as an Oriole, center fielder Adam Jones has played in the All-Star Game five times, won four Gold Glove Awards, finished in the top 14 in the MVP vote three times and added a Silver Slugger Award, too. It has been an impressive 10-year stretch, one that began with the Orioles mired in a long run of losing. But starting in 2012, ... read more

Week in review: Talking free agent pitchers and more

In looking back at the last week of stories in this space, we had quite the variety. There was, of course, Manny Machado trade talk, also some free agent pitching discussion and a look at Chance Sisco’s opportunity to make the 2018 Orioles. There was a post on Arizona’s top two pitching prospects with the D-backs a potential Machado trading partner. There was also a ... read more

The latest O’s payroll math

After the Orioles agreed with five players on 2018 contracts Friday, avoiding possible arbitration hearings, we can take another look at their current payroll. According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, the salary for the Orioles’ opening day roster was $147.7 million in 2016 and $164.3 million last season. Before Friday, the Orioles had four guaranteed salaries on the books for 2018, with Chris Davis listed at ... read more

Arizona is potential O’s trading partner with top pitching prospects

The Diamondbacks have been mentioned as one of the teams that checked in on the availability of Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. While the D-backs have Jake Lamb, who hit 30 homers and drove in 105 at third base, perhaps they have shortstop in mind when thinking of Machado. Either way, they have been one of the teams reportedly showing significant interest. According to this ... read more

Will O’s take a chance: Is Sisco ready for the majors?

There was a time when you could find scouts who felt that Chance Sisco would never improve enough on defense to ever catch an inning in the major leagues. You don’t hear that talk anymore - and he did, in fact, catch in the majors after a call-up last September. Now the talk more centers on just how much has Sisco improved as a pro ... read more