Orioles sign Holaday to minor league contract

The Orioles keep whittling their offseason shopping list, with pitching and maybe a defensive-minded center fielder the remaining priorities. The latter only on a minor league contract. Seeking a fourth catcher to provide depth and camp competition, the Orioles today announced the signing of veteran Bryan Holaday to a minor league deal. He’s going to be included on the list of invites. Holaday, 32, is ... read more

Holmes feeling at home with Orioles after earlier stint

Darren Holmes already had ties to the Orioles prior to his hiring as bullpen coach. One that played out in public and another that happened behind the scenes - its significance to the organization much slower to develop. Fans can be excused if they’ve forgotten how Holmes appeared in five games with the Orioles in 2000, former executive Syd Thrift acquiring a reliever who was ... read more

Ureña linked to Orioles before waiver claim

The Orioles might have landed their new utility infielder Friday night by claiming Richard Ureña off waivers from the Blue Jays. It took a while, but they finally got him. I sifted through a series of articles I posted in January 2015 about the Blue Jays’ interest in hiring Orioles executive Dan Duquette as their president and CEO - news that initially broke on our ... read more

How Holmes joined Orioles coaching staff

Darren Holmes was the last of three coaches hired by the Orioles during the offseason, chosen to replace John Wasdin in the bullpen. Perhaps the delay can be blamed on the process that led to his signature on a contract. The Orioles said they weren’t going to rush through the interviews and stayed true to their word. The first step was a phone call placed ... read more

Orioles claim Ureña off waivers from Blue Jays

The Orioles did more today than work toward signing their remaining arbitration-eligible players. The club announced this afternoon that it claimed infielder Richard Ureña off waivers from the Blue Jays. In a swap at the position, the Orioles made room on the 40-man roster by designating Pat Valaika for assignment. The Blue Jays designated Ureña for assignment on Dec. 30 after signing Travis Shaw to ... read more

Orioles agree to terms with Givens, Alberto and Mancini

The Orioles have reached agreement with reliever Mychal Givens on a $3.225 million deal for the 2020 season to avoid arbitration, according to an industry source. Outfielder/first baseman Trey Mancini and infielder Hanser Alberto remain unsigned as the 1 p.m. deadline approaches. Negotiations are continuing, but the Orioles are prepared to go to hearings as “file and trial.” Givens, 29, led the Orioles with 11 ... read more

Orioles reach deadline day to sign arbitration-eligible players

The deadline for teams to reach agreements with their unsigned arbitration-eligible players is 1 p.m. today and the Orioles still have some unfinished business. They will be exchanging salary figures with Trey Mancini, Hanser Alberto and Mychal Givens unless they can resolve the situation. Hearing dates will be established between Feb. 3-21, with the Orioles vowing to go “file and trial” rather than continue to ... read more

Orioles sign Castro for 2020 season

The Orioles have whittled the number of unsigned arbitration-eligible players to three by reaching agreement today with right-hander Miguel Castro on a contract for the 2020 season. Multiple industry sources confirmed the signing. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported that Castro and the Orioles settled at $1.05 million to avoid a hearing. The deal reportedly includes awards bonuses. Castro, in his first year of eligibility, earned $569,000 ... read more