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Orioles sign outfielder Hyun Soo Kim to two-year contract

The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Hyun Soo Kim (pronounced heeyuhn soo kim) to a two-year contract. Kim, 27, spent parts of 10 seasons with the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization, batting .318/.406/.488 with 142 home runs and 771 RBIs. Nicknamed Korea’s “Iron Man,” he played in 1,131 career games in the KBO. A four-time KBO Gold Glove

L.J. Hoes to host fourth annual “Gift of Joy” toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 19

Baltimore Orioles outfielder L.J. Hoes will host his fourth annual “Gift of Joy” Toy Drive on Saturday, December 19, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET at Dave & Buster’s in the Arundel Mills Mall (7000 Arundel Mills Circle #1, Hanover, MD 21076). The event will benefit St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth, and Families in Hyattsville, MD. The toy drive will feature a memorabilia raffle

Nationals announce major league coaching staff

The Washington Nationals announced manager Dusty Baker’s full coaching staff on Tuesday, making the additions of bench coach Chris Speier, pitching coach Mike Maddux, hitting coach Rick Schu, first base coach Davey Lopes, third base coach Bobby Henley, assistant hitting coach Jacque Jones, and bullpen coach Dan Firova official. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Speier, 65, returns

Nationals sign Yusmeiro Petit to one-year contract

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract with a conditional option for a second year with right-handed pitcher Yusmeiro Petit on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Petit comes to Washington after spending the previous four seasons as a member of the San Francisco Giants’ pitching staff. The right-hander, who has played parts of

Orioles ink O’Day to four-year contract

The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent right-hander Darren O’Day to a four-year contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Rey Navarro has been designated for assignment. O’Day, 33, was an American League All-Star selection in 2015, going 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA (11 ER/65.1 IP), six saves, and a career-high 82 strikeouts in 68 games. He led Orioles relievers

Northbound I-395 to Howard Street temporarily closed this weekend

Fans heading to the Baltimore Convention Center on Saturday, December 12, for Orioles FanFest should be aware that the Maryland Transportation Authority has announced that a portion of northbound I-395 (entering Baltimore City) to Howard Street will be temporarily closed, effective Friday, December 11 at 10:00 p.m. ET through Sunday, December 13 at 5:00 a.m. All traffic on northbound I-395 will be directed to the

Shawn Kelley agrees to terms on three-year deal with Nationals

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a three-year contract with right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Kelley, a veteran of seven Major League seasons, will join the Nationals after posting a 2.45 ERA and a 2-2 record in 53 games for the San Diego Padres in 2015. He struck out 63

Nationals agree to terms with left-hander Oliver Perez on two-year deal

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a two-year contract with left-handed reliever Oliver Pérez on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Pérez, a 13-year Major League veteran, joins the Nationals’ organization for the second time in his career. The left-hander, once an accomplished MLB starter, made his transition to a reliever after pitching for Double-A Harrisburg

Nationals acquire right-handers Gott, Brady from Angels for Escobar, cash considerations

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed reliever Trevor Gott and minor league right-handed pitcher Michael Brady from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for infielder Yunel Escobar and cash considerations on Thursday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. A hard-throwing right-hander, Gott joins the Nationals after appearing in 48 games for the Angels in 2015, including his Major League

Orioles claim left-hander Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Chicago Cubs

The Orioles today announced that they have claimed left-hander Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Junior Lake has been designated for assignment. Olmos, 25, went 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA (13 ER/33.0 IP) and 34 strikeouts in 20 games (two starts) with Triple-A Tacoma and pitched in six games (two starts) with the Seattle Mariners,

Orioles select outfielder Joey Rickard in Rule 5 draft

The Orioles today announced that they have selected outfielder Joey Rickard in the Rule 5 Draft from the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Rickard, 24, batted .321/.427/.447 (127-396) with 28 doubles, eight triples, two home runs, 55 RBI, and 23 stolen bases in 117 games between Class A-Advanced Charlotte (23 games), Double-A Montgomery (65 games), and Triple-A Durham (29 games) last season. Originally selected by the

Orioles extend working agreement with Single-A Delmarva through 2018

The Orioles today announced they have extended their working agreement with Class-A Delmarva, signing a two-year extension through the 2018 season. Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, home of the Delmarva Shorebirds, underwent renovations prior to the 2015 season which included remodeled clubhouses, training facilities, and batting cages. In 2016, the ballpark will feature a new playing surface as well as improved stadium lighting. The Shorebirds are

Orioles Charitable Foundation, Adam Jones make $75,000 contribution to Webster Kendrick Boys & Girls Club

Hundreds of youth from the Webster Kendrick Boys & Girls Club will soon benefit from a $75,000 donation from the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation and Orioles center fielder and Boys & Girls Club alumnus Adam Jones. The donation will help to renovate and expand a Technology Center and the Callaway Community School Tech Lab at the Club’s facility located at 4130 Callaway Ave. It will

Nationals announce 2016 minor league staff

The Washington Nationals named their Minor League managers, coaches and coordinators for the 2016 season on Thursday. Nationals Vice President and Senior Advisor to the General Manager Bob Boone, Assistant General Manager and Vice President, Player Personnel Doug Harris and Director of Player Development Mark Scialabba made the joint announcement. The Nationals named Randy Knorr Senior Advisor to the General Manager, Player Development. Knorr moves

Orioles make series of roster moves

The Orioles today announced that they have tendered contracts to eight arbitration-eligible players: infielders Ryan Flaherty and Manny Machado, first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo, right-handers Brad Brach, Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman, and left-handers Zach Britton and Brian Matusz. Additionally, outfielder Nolan Reimold and right-hander Vance Worley have agreed to terms on contracts for 2016, avoiding arbitration. Infielder Paul Janish, outfielder David Lough and right-hander Steve

Orioles acquire catcher Francisco Pena from Royals

The Orioles tonight announced that they have acquired catcher Francisco Pena from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Paul Janish has been designated for assignment. Pena, 26, batted .251/.305/.430 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in 95 games with Triple-A Omaha in 2015, including a .274/.303/.522 slash line against left-handed pitching. In 784

Orioles acquire Trumbo, Riefenhauser from Mariners for Clevenger

The Orioles today announced that they have acquired outfielder/first baseman Mark Trumbo and left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for catcher Steve Clevenger. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Steve Johnson has been designated for assignment. Trumbo, 29, batted .262/.310/.449 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI in 142 games between the Mariners (96 games) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (46

FanFest autograph vouchers on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at Orioles.com

Vouchers for autograph sessions at Orioles FanFest will go on sale Saturday, December 5, at 10:00 a.m. ET. The list of autograph session times and participants will be posted online for preview at www.orioles.com/fanfest by 9:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4. Orioles FanFest will be held on Saturday, December 12, at the Baltimore Convention Center from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with early entry for

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