A look at how the catching position could shape up

If Adley Rutschman is the future of the catching position for the Orioles - and he most certainly is - the present in 2020 will probably look a lot like it did in 2019. Pedro Severino, Chance Sisco and Austin Wynns remain as the three O’s catchers currently on the 40-man roster. The club seems set with that trio for next season as they also ... read more

After strong 2019, Villar’s time in Baltimore may be ending

It sure looks like Jonathan Villar’s time with the Orioles is coming to an end. With seemingly little interest via trade, Villar was put on waivers yesterday. Any team can claim him, but they would also inherit his arbitration status and potential salary of $10 million or more for 2020. The Orioles’ decision appears to be that Villar is too pricey for a rebuilding club ... read more

It’s time for another Orioles Q&A

Don’t you love it when there is not one specific topic to discuss about the Orioles but many? I know I do, so it’s time for another Orioles question-and-answer session. You provide a question on anything about the club - the majors or minors, potential additions or subtractions, the upcoming Rule 5 draft - whatever you’ve got and I and our readers will provide some ... read more

Could either of these lefties be a fit for the Orioles?

When we mentioned free agent pitchers Marco Estrada and Trevor Cahill here on Saturday, there was not much sentiment among the readers for the Orioles to pursue either one. Both have a track record of some success, but struggled in 2019. Free agent lefty Brett Anderson however, is a pitcher with a track record of some success. But while he struggled in the 2017-2018 seasons, ... read more

Taking a look at two unheralded players who helped Delmarva

When I interviewed 2019 Single-A Delmarva manager Kyle Moore recently, we discussed his Shorebirds being named the Minor League Baseball team of the year by Milb.com. But we also discussed a few players who flew under the radar on that team, which went 90-48 this season and became the first South Atlantic League team with 90 or more wins since 2006. One was lefty hitting ... read more

A look back: The 40-man roster, Frederick on list of 42 and more

In looking back at the last week of stories here, we discussed a few interesting topics. Today we present a few of these for further discussion. * They included the Single-A Frederick Keys being named as one of 42 minor league teams that could lose their big league affiliations. The Keys have been an O’s affiliate since 1989 and they do quite well at the ... read more

Looking at a few more free agent pitchers

There are nearly 50 starting pitchers available as baseball free agency is now underway. We know the Orioles need starting pitchers and we also know they won’t be diving into the deep end of that pool or issuing any big-dollar contracts. In the early stages of the rebuild, they may not even sign anyone to anything longer than a one-year deal and no doubt some ... read more

Keegan Akin and Dean Kremer should get rotation shots in 2020

Both pitchers made it to Triple-A last season. Both were added to the 40-man roster this week. As the Orioles begin to find out which young pitchers on the farm can help them moving forward, left-hander Keegan Akin and right-hander Dean Kremer may be among the first to get shots. Being added to the 40-man means both pitchers will be in spring training next season, ... read more