Wojciechowski changing his approach to pitching

The four-seam fastball is going to hold up as Asher Wojciechowski’s primary pitch in 2020, with his slider and cutter still representing the main secondary stuff. However, he’s been devoting a large chunk of his winter workouts to gaining trust in a fourth pitch. Give the hitters something else to think about. Expand the repertoire and perhaps last longer in games. Wojciechowski barely used his ... read more

Wojciechowski reluctant to get comfortable with starting status

The articles posted in the offseason list him among the projected starting pitchers. People with a tremendous amount of influence in the Orioles organization expect him to make it, as if it would take some bizarre occurrence to deviate from the plan. So why won’t right-hander Asher Wojciechowski believe it? Wojciechowski isn’t used to arriving at spring training with a job basically waiting for him, ... read more

Infield questions linger for Orioles

While wondering if I should jump off the baseball beat and cover something more believable, like World Wrestling Entertainment ... What are the Orioles doing at third base? Mark it down as another storyline heading into spring training. Rio Ruiz made 89 starts at third to lead the club, but he also was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk and pretty much shared the position with Hanser ... read more

Orioles lose Valaika on waiver claim

The competition for a utility job with the Orioles has grown thinner. The Diamondbacks claimed Pat Valaika off waivers this afternoon after the Orioles designated him for assignment on Friday while selecting Richard Ureña off waivers from the Blue Jays. Ureña is poised to break camp with the team as a backup at various positions, most importantly shortstop behind starter José Iglesias. Meanwhile, Valaika is ... read more

Because You Asked - The Final Destination

The Orioles have removed a lot of the uncertainty that hung in the air after their final game of the season. However, there are questions that always linger like the aroma of a hard-boiled egg. And that’s no yolk. This is why mailbags exists. This is why I continue to do sequels to the original. I don’t have all the answers, but I’ll keep pretending. ... read more

Wondering about Orioles’ outfield alignment

The days are dwindling until Orioles pitchers and catchers report, and the intrigue and curiosity are building as more storylines begin to develop. Others will surface with the front office continuing to explore the free agent and trade markets, but we’re already off to a good start. The various competitions will provide copy, including the rotation, bullpen and bench. Someone is bound to get hurt, ... read more

What’s next for Orioles as spring training approaches?

The important offseason dates keep falling off the baseball calendar, leaving it almost as bare as an oak tree in the winter. The Orioles have moved past the arbitration period, the upcoming hearing dates not applying to a team that reached agreements with all of its eligible players. Hall of Fame voting results will be announced Jan. 21 on MLB Network, revealing whether Yankees shortstop ... read more

Hanhold outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk

Another player who had been designated for assignment by the Orioles is staying in the organization. Pitcher Eric Hanhold has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, with the club making the announcement on Twitter. The Orioles designated Hanhold for assignment on Tuesday to create room for shortstop José Iglesias on the 40-man roster. Hanhold was a Sept. 16 waiver claim from the Mets, ... read more