Latest review of arbitration-eligible O’s (Severino update)

The baseball offseason wouldn’t feel complete unless the names of arbitration-eligible players and projected raises were recited weekly until the deadline, which mercifully is arriving on Wednesday. There were seven Orioles on the original list. Yolmer Sánchez increased it to eight, but Renato Núñez came off after being designated for assignment and granted his release. Trades are possible in the coming days, just as the ... read more

Sorting through some super-utility candidates

Utility competitions in spring training usually elicit as much excitement as a Perry Como concert. There’s a better chance of finding an olive pit than a mosh pit. (We interrupt this blog entry to bring you a link to one of the funniest skits of all time from the ’80s. Eugene Levy at his finest. You’ll thank me later.) The importance of having versatile players ... read more

Remembering the ruined relationship with Rochester

The news last week that the Nationals were adopting Rochester as their Triple-A affiliate - so much for the gag order intended to withhold announcements until a later date - immediately took me back to the day that the Red Wings severed ties with the Orioles. This was a huge deal. They had been affiliated since 1961 - a span of 42 years that represented ... read more

McKenna: “Whenever that opportunity arrives, I’m ready for it”

The improved outfield depth in the Orioles system sets up some interesting competitions next spring. Presents some tricky roster decisions. Makes some players viewed as outsiders motivated to kill the narrative. Ryan McKenna hasn’t played above Double-A, with the cancellation of the minor league season preventing an introduction to the International League. He’s expected to begin 2021 at Triple-A Norfolk if permitted, but won’t be ... read more

Trying to make sense of the Puig report

The hot stove doesn’t have much cooking with the Orioles. Rebuilding teams tend to sit on the national media’s back burner. And clubs that tend to do some of their heaviest lifting in spring training are going to get lighter coverage in November and December. The Orioles finally are tied to a free agent, with MLB.com reporting again per sources that there’s interest in veteran ... read more

Searching for reasons to be thankful

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us and traditions are being shut down like a spring training camp. Large family gatherings and out-of-state travel are discouraged due to health concerns rather than the bickering and your weird uncle’s inappropriate comments. The two football games today interest me about as much as month-old sweet potato casserole, but I’ll still watch them. They were supposed to be pigskin ... read more

Orioles release Núñez, claim Shaw and DFA Eshelman

With the Orioles unable to negotiate a trade prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, Renato Núñez has moved into the next phase of his offseason. Núñez cleared unconditional waivers and was given his release this afternoon, enabling him to enter free agency as a power bat with experience at the infield corners. The Orioles had no plans to tender Núñez a contract with a projected arbitration ... read more

Looking at leadership on the Orioles

As I watch the National Football League and college teams try to make it through their seasons with the COVID-19 interruptions and rescheduling - Maryland’s games against Ohio State and Michigan State have been canceled, for example, as the Terrapins pause all activities - I’m still amazed that Major League Baseball reached the finish line. I didn’t like the chances at the outset and lost ... read more