The O’s-Tillman reunion, AL East rotations, prospects talk

So Chris Tillman and the Orioles finally reached an agreement on a one-year contract and the pitcher that started three straight opening days for the club is back. Tillman got a $3 million guarantee and can reportedly earn another $7 million with innings incentives. If this was his only major league contract offer, he did well with a shot to make $10 million a year ... read more

Yefry Ramírez made nice first impression with his new team

For now, he might get lost in the shuffle amid dozens of pitchers in spring training. But after being acquired by the Orioles last July 31, right-hander Yefry Ramírez might have a shot to make the big leagues during the 2018 season. He was 10-3 with a 3.41 ERA for Double-A Trenton when the Orioles acquired him from the New York Yankees for international bonus ... read more

Some Chris Tillman talk, a late-night deal and the week in review

The Orioles could re-sign right-hander Chris Tillman any day now. Or he could go to another team. If he winds up back with the Orioles, my question would be: What took so long? Even in this slow market, couldn’t we have expected Tillman and the Orioles to decide if they wanted a reunion or not by now? This one indeed has been dragging out. If ... read more

At this point, expectations are low for the 2018 Orioles

Fans of the Orioles are used to low expectations for their team. Have the Orioles ever been predicted recently to win the American League East? Maybe by a random reporter/analyst or two over the years, but not often. And that goes back to a year they were the defending AL East champs. But this year, coming off a season where the Orioles featured a 5.70 ... read more

Orioles announce minor league staff for 2018 season

The Orioles today announced their minor league staff for the 2018 season. Ron Johnson will return to manage at Triple-A Norfolk and Gary Kendall is back with Double-A Bowie. Ryan Minor is now the skipper at Single-A Frederick and Buck Britton is a first-year manager at Single-A Delmarva. Among the short-season clubs, Kevin Bradshaw will manage at Single-A Aberdeen, Carlos Tosca is skipper for the ... read more

In limited innings, Cashner had some success versus AL East

From the “For what it’s worth ...” department, new Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner had decent numbers last year and has solid numbers in his career against the American League East. Yes, that comes in a small sample size for a pitcher that spent seven of his first eight seasons in the National League. But last season for Texas he made five starts against the four ... read more

A few thoughts on O’s addition of pitcher Andrew Cashner

The Orioles have finally added to their starting rotation, getting a pitcher that had a strong season in 2017 on a short-term contract. And then there were three established pitchers in the five-man rotation. As first reported by MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko, the O’s have added right-hander Andrew Cashner on a two-year deal worth a guaranteed $16 million. ESPN.com and SB Nation reported that the deal ... read more

A scout’s tale: Jim Howard is a longtime Oriole

In December, we began a new series in this space. We are introducing you to some Orioles scouts before the new season begins. Some fans may not even know their names. Hopefully, after reading this and upcoming posts, you’ll know a lot more than that. So on we go ... When the Orioles ended a 14-year run of losing seasons and returned to the playoffs ... read more