Elias on arbitration-eligibles, Mancini, Rule 5, coaches and more

The first “Hot Stove Show” of the offseason aired tonight on 105.7 The Fan, with Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias addressing topics related to both the majors and minors. I’ll go into more depth in the morning, but here are a few items: * Elias obviously wouldn’t go into specifics related to the seven arbitration-eligible players, but he conceded that the budget could ... read more

Notes on Ynoa, Means and defense

With pitcher Gabriel Ynoa out of the organization again, is it possible that the Orioles bring him back on another minor league deal? That ship hasn’t sailed, from what I can glean. But he isn’t in the same hurry to reach agreement and the Orioles aren’t devoting their offseason to forging the latest reunion. Ynoa was outrighted Monday afternoon, declined the assignment and became a ... read more

The price of pitching again puts Orioles in bind

If the Orioles are going to improve their pitching via free agency, they’ll need to spend outside their financial comfort zone or do a lot of sifting to find bargains. It isn’t just about ignoring the upper-tier starters such as Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner and Hyun-Jin Ryu, and top relievers like Will Smith and Will Harris. Wade Miley was pretty bad ... read more

Will stealing bases remain part of Orioles’ approach in 2020?

As the Orioles became more transparent with their plans for the organization and specifically how they were going to proceed with a complete teardown and rebuild, which also could be termed a “redesign” given the new titles and responsibilities, I didn’t recall hearing anyone declare that the team would steal more bases. It just sort of happened. When is the last time that the Orioles ... read more

Means a finalist for AL Rookie of the Year award

Orioles left-hander John Means keeps building on his list of accomplishments, a pitcher given little to no chance of making the opening day roster still raising his level of recognition. Means is a finalist for the American League’s Rookie of the Year Award, with voting conducted by qualifying members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The finalists’ names were announced tonight on MLB Network. ... read more

Cobb reinstated from injured list and Ynoa becomes free agent

The Orioles made two moves this afternoon that kept their 40-man roster at 36 players. Pitcher Alex Cobb has been reinstated from the 60-day injured list and pitcher Gabriel Ynoa became a free agent after clearing waivers. Cobb is recovering from hip and knee surgeries in Tennessee. He’s expected to be ready for spring training. Unable to pitch on opening day due to a strained ... read more

Chris and Jill Davis make $3 million donation to UMCH

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and his wife, Jill, are expanding their charitable endeavors by a huge margin, donating $3 million to the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The announcement was made this morning. The donation marks the largest gift to the center from a Baltimore sports figure. According to a press release, the funds are allocated for ... read more

How does the Orioles offseason list compare to last year?

The month of November allows baseball media and fans to keep compiling lists - whether on paper and laptop screens or in heads - of the offseason issues facing a particular team. We mostly talk about the Orioles here, so let’s stick with them. Go back to the 2018 offseason and you’ll find the same inquires surrounding Chris Davis. He’s a top five subject. What ... read more