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Adair on Wada and Saunders, plus Jurrjens update

Pitching coach Rick Adair called into the “Hot Stove Baseball” show on WBAL Radio today, and he was asked about Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who underwent ligament-reconstructive surgery on his elbow last May and still hasn’t appeared in a game with the Orioles. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters during the Winter Meetings that Wada was ahead of schedule in his recovery. This is true, but

Former catcher Earl Williams has passed away (updated)

Another member of the Orioles family has passed away. Former catcher Earl Williams, who spent the 1973 and 1974 seasons in Baltimore, died at 64. No other details are available at this time. Update: According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Williams was diagnosed with acute leukemia last July. The Orioles acquired Williams and Taylor Duncan from the Atlanta Braves on Nov. 30, 1972 for Davey Johnson,

Random notes and quotes

One of the qualities shared by the Orioles’ pitchers is their enthusiasm for competing in spring training. They keep insisting that they’re looking forward to it, that it adds to the excitement in camp. I’d rather have a spot waiting for me, but that’s how I roll. Don’t judge me. “We were in the same position last year,” said Steve Johnson, who will be fighting

More minor league signings

In their never-ending quest to improve the depth in their farm system, the Orioles have signed three players with major league experience to minor league contracts: relievers Rob Delaney and Manny Delcarmen, and outfielder Chris Pettit. The contracts don’t include spring training invites, according to a team official. Delaney, 28, appeared in one game with the Twins in 2010 and four with the Rays in

You never have enough pitching?

It’s one of baseball’s most popular cliches, though I changed the punctuation for the title of this blog entry. No matter how crowded the rotation, no matter how deep the depth, teams never feel as though they have enough pitching. Injuries happen. So do slumps. The Orioles used 52 players last season, and half were pitchers. Yes, that’s 26. Can you name them without looking

Orioles sign Dickerson to minor league deal (updated)

The Orioles will bring another outfielder to camp next month, having signed Chris Dickerson to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Dickerson, who turns 31 in April, batted .316/.417/.515 with 24 doubles, seven homers and 25 RBIs in 69 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees’ top minor league affiliate affiliate. Dickerson, who bats from the left side, is a career .266/.352/.407

Who will be left in the bullpen?

I wondered aloud yesterday whether Orioles manager Buck Showalter would be willing to carry three left-handers in his bullpen. He began the 2012 season with one, Troy Patton, who beat out Zach Phillips. Showalter spent much of the summer wishing he had a second southpaw, which is why J.C. Romero eventually found his way to Baltimore. Brian Matusz solved that issue by converting to a

A batch of questions as spring training approaches (Nick Johnson note)

Two more weeks and I’ll be flying down to Sarasota for the start of spring training. Well, I’ll actually be flying into Tampa, because Southwest still hasn’t located Sarasota on a map. Keep searching, fellas. The most interesting decisions facing manager Buck Showalter, in my opinion, will center on the fifth starter and the last bullpen spot. We also need to know who’s going to

A few notes from the Shorebirds banquet

I’m expecting a quiet Sunday, as executive vice president Dan Duquette and new director of minor league operations Kent Qualls fly to the Dominican Republic to check out some of their Latin players at the club’s year-round developmental program. Qualls has strong ties to Duquette. He spent 16 years with the Expos and Red Sox, primarily working in scouting, player development and Latin American operations,

Revisiting the rotation

On slow news days, which pretty much covers most of the winter, we’ve kicked around different combinations that could make up the Orioles rotation in 2013. Up to this point, I’ve gone with Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, Chris Tillman and TBA. The candidates are plentiful, and we can add one more arm to the mix. Jair Jurrjens will officially become an Oriole next

Orioles announce minor league managers and coaches

As expected, Ron Johnson is returning this season as manager at Triple-A Norfolk and Gary Kendall is returning as manager at Double-A Bowie. Also, as previously reported, Ryan Minor is moving up to Single-A Frederick, Luis Pujols will manage low Single-A Delmarva, Matt Merullo will manage short-season Single-A Aberdeen and Orlando Gomez will move down to the Gulf Coast League team. Here’s a breakdown of

Graham comments on promotion to director of player development

The Orioles confirmed today that Brian Graham has been named director of player development. He previously served as coordinator of minor league instruction. The club also confirmed the hiring of former Red Sox farm director Kent Qualls as director of minor league operations. John Stockstill will remain as director of player personnel, but the Orioles confirmed that he also will now oversee international and domestic

Changes in minors include new title for Brian Graham (Jurrjens update)

The Orioles are making some changes to the structure of their player development department. Brian Graham, who has served as the Orioles’ coordinator of minor league instruction, will be named director of player development, according to multiple sources. Graham will be responsible for personnel decisions and player movement within the system, among other duties. Graham couldn’t be reached for comment last night. In the past,

Orioles reportedly reach agreement with Jurrjens

The Orioles have reached agreement on a one-year deal with former Atlanta Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. Executive vice president Dan Duquette couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Jurrjens, 26, will receive a guaranteed $1.5 million, and he can earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives, according to Heyman. I’m told that Duquette had been discussing a minor league deal with

WBAL Radio will air 16 Orioles spring training games

WBAL Radio, the flagship station of the Orioles Radio Network, will broadcast 16 of the club’s exhibition games this spring. The schedule includes the Orioles’ spring opener against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1:05 p.m. in Sarasota, plus nine additional home games. Four of the 16 broadcasts will feature 30-minute pregame and postgame Shows. WBAL Radio also will broadcast all 162 regular-season

Spending a few minutes with Matt Wieters (Upton traded to Braves)

Matt Wieters caught 126 games in 2010, 132 in 2011 and 134 last year. How many could he catch this season? “I plan on catching 162,” he said, “but I don’t think Buck (Showalter) will let me do that.” Probably not, but perhaps Wieters will get a little more rest and reverse his workload trend with a full healthy season from backup Taylor Teagarden. “It’s

Orioles spring training tickets on sale Saturday

Individual tickets for all 18 of the Orioles’ spring training games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Fans interested in season tickets, five game flex-plans or group tickets, or those wishing to receive additional spring training ticket information are encouraged to call the Orioles’ spring training office at 941-893-6300. Tickets for games at Ed Smith Stadium may be

The Kubel question

Before I dive into more research for today’s edition of “The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report” on MASN, I wanted to tackle the inquires concerning Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel and the possibility that the Orioles will trade for him. If you followed the Winter Meetings closely, you know that the Orioles discussed Kubel with Arizona officials. It was reported that they had interest in him earlier this

Tillman time

If you thought that winning a career-high nine games and posting an ERA under 3.00 last year would have Chris Tillman making assumptions about his place in the Orioles’ rotation, well, guess again. Those nine wins are two more than his major league total coming into the 2012 season. He’s out of minor league options, another point in his favor. And yet, Tillman plans on

Everything seems OK with O’Day (Hendrickson update)

When the voting for Most Valuable Oriole was announced on Sept. 30, we learned that Adam Jones had won the award for the second consecutive season. Jim Johnson and Matt Wieters also received first-place votes to finish second and third, respectively. Wei-Yin Chen and Nick Markakis also were named on a few ballots. No mention of reliever Darren O’Day. You could make a strong case

McGregor talks about Weaver

I just got off the phone with former Orioles pitcher Scott McGregor, who was on the cruise ship when Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver passed away early Saturday morning. The passengers were headed back to Fort Lauderdale from Haiti on the final leg of the trip. McGregor received a call around 1:30 a.m. that Weaver had collapsed on the floor of his cabin. McGregor

A Teagarden party

Does anyone know what happened to Ronny Paulino? What about his car? Paulino was the Orioles’ backup catcher on opening day, but they optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk on July 15 to make room for catcher Taylor Teagarden, who was coming off the 60-day disabled list. And the rest is history of sorts. The Orioles re-signed Teagarden this winter, and he’s going to be their

Bundy and Gausman: Opposites attract

The two names are attached in most conversations. A reporter mentions Dylan Bundy, and Kevin Gausman is soon referenced. And it works the other way, too. Can’t have one without the other. Both pitchers were chosen by the Orioles with the fourth overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft - Bundy in 2011 out of Owasso (Okla.) High School and Gausman in 2012 out of

More from Showalter on the passing of Earl Weaver

Orioles manager Buck Showalter met with reporters behind the main stage at the Baltimore Convention Center after signing autographs and appearing at two fan forums. It’s been a busy day. Showalter has been deeply moved by the passing of Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver, who had an open invitation every spring training to come inside the clubhouse and talk to the players and coaches.

Reimold healthy and ready to play

Nolan Reimold returned to Baltimore on Jan. 10 and underwent X-rays on his neck that showed the bone was fused. He continues to work out and is full-go for spring training. “I don’t have any restrictions,” he said. “I can do what I need to do. And that’s pretty much the last update. I can do what I want. “Pretty much when the bone was

Hearing from Machado and a statement from Davey Johnson (and crowd note)

Manny Machado will report to spring training next month as the Orioles’ starting third baseman, and it appears that he’ll stay at that position during the workouts and games. Asked whether he would take ground balls at shortstop, the position he played as a professional before joining the Orioles in August, Machado replied, “I talked to Buck (Showalter) and I think we’re just going to

Jones on Wieters and Weaver

Center fielder Adam Jones joked today at FanFest that he’s in catcher Matt Wieter’s ear about signing a contract extension, “but he’s got Boras.” That would be super-agent Scott Boras, who usually prefers that his clients test the free agent waters. Wieters agreed to a $5.5 million contract yesterday. He’s got two more arbitration years remaining. “I’d like him up here,” Jones said. “He’s a

More from Duquette on Earl Weaver

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette shared his thoughts on Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver, who passed away last night at 82. “I have to be grateful that Earl was with us for the legends series and we got a chance to spend time with him, like every single statue unveiling,” Duquette said. “He was terrific and his simplicity and the clarity of his

More quotes from FanFest

The Orioles haven’t made a final decision on Mark Hendrickson, but it appears that they’re going to invite him to camp and let him compete for a job in the bullpen. Manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette continue to discuss it. Hendrickson threw at the minicamp on Wednesday, breaking out his new sidearm delivery. The Orioles remain intrigued by it. Players are

Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver passes away (updated)

On the day that the Orioles are holding their annual FanFest, news has spread through the Baltimore Convention Center that Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver passed away last night. He was 82. Weaver died while on a cruise ship, according to people close to the Orioles organization. Weaver managed the Orioles from 1968-82, and again from 1985-86. He won four American League pennants and

Checking on Britton and Hammel before today’s FanFest

Has it really been a year since I sat behind the main stage for FanFest at the Baltimore Convention Center and cranked out a blog entry about the Orioles’ reported interest in reliever Luis Ayala? There wasn’t much enthusiasm for that rumor, but Ayala became an integral part of the Orioles’ sensational bullpen last season, posting a 2.64 ERA in 66 games. News broke during

Wieters says “it’s a good feeling” to have contract agreement

Rather than try to convince reporters at spring training that he wasn’t upset with the club’s decision to renew his contract, as he did in 2012, catcher Matt Wieters is able to put all the money talk behind him before reporting to the Ed Smith Stadium complex next month. Wieters agreed today to a $5.5 million deal for the upcoming season in his first year

Duquette talks about contract agreements (salary figures exchanged)

The Orioles are down to three unsigned arbitration-eligible players after reaching contract agreements today with catcher Matt Wieters, first baseman Chris Davis, and pitchers Troy Patton and Brian Matusz. “We started out with 12 in the process and we have nine signed so far, so I guess we’re three-quarters of the way home, right?” said executive vice president Dan Duquette. The big winners were Wieters

Orioles avoid arbitration with Patton, Wieters, Davis and Matusz

The Orioles and left-hander Troy Patton have agreed to an $815,000 contract with awards and performance bonuses to avoid salary arbitration, according to his agents. Patton, who’s represented by CAA Baseball, made $483,500 last season while going 1-0 with a 2.43 ERA in 54 games. Left-handers hit .212 against him. Teams have until 1 p.m. to reach agreements with their arbitration-eligible players before the two

Leftovers for breakfast

Yesterday proved to be one of the busiest days of the offseason, with the press conference for executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter followed by a stop inside the Orioles’ clubhouse to interview players taking part in the minicamp, pitcher Miguel Gonzalez confirming that he wouldn’t pitch for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, rosters being announced for the WBC and news

Roberts recovered from sports hernia surgery

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts revealed tonight that he underwent sports hernia surgery on Dec. 20 similar to the procedure that two of his teammates endured over the past year. He’s resumed workouts in Sarasota and said he’s feeling good, with no concerns about his availability for the start of spring training. Dr. William Meyers performed the surgery in Philadelphia, just as he did with

Updating Roberts and the WBC

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts said he shut down for a few weeks over the holidays because he had “some minor stuff going on” related to his surgically repaired hip, but he’s resumed his daily workouts and isn’t experiencing any health issues. Roberts appeared in 17 games last season before undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. “I had been pushing pretty

More notes and quotes from today’s press conference (and Schoop note)

As manager Buck Showalter met with reporters following today’s press conference, making the rounds from radio to television to print, he kept glancing out a window on the sixth floor of the B&O warehouse, where he spotted a few Orioles playing catch on the Camden Yards field as part of today’s mini-camp. Though his five-year contract extension is proof that the organization has an eye

Duquette meets the press

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette met with reporters following today’s press conference, just in case we forgot to ask him something important or if we wanted to hear the same thing. That’s what we do in this business. Here are a few highlights: On the extension: “I’m really grateful for the opportunity from the Angelos family and also the opportunity to serve the fans

Gonzalez won’t pitch in WBC

Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez said he will decline an offer to pitch for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. Gonzalez’s wife is expecting their first child, which factored into his decision. It’s also clear that the Orioles would prefer that he stay in camp. “Obviously, this is more important than me going down there,” he said. “This is my first big league spring training. I’ll

Showalter’s place in Orioles managing history

Did you ever imagine that Buck Showalter would one day become synonymous with the Orioles? The same guy who began his managerial career in pinstripes? The same guy who was named the first manager of the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks? The same guy hired and fired by the Texas Rangers? Showalter has a chance to guide the Orioles through the 2018 season after agreeing to a

Notes on Wieters, Gonzalez, Hendrickson, Morse (and Roberts)

Catcher Matt Wieters was happy to learn today that the Orioles extended the contracts of executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter through the 2018 season. “I think it’s great for the franchise to be able to keep two guys around who are two of the main parts of putting together the team last year,” Wieters said. “I think the big thing is

Orioles extend Duquette and Showalter contracts through 2018 (updated)

The Orioles just announced contract extensions through the 2018 season for executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter. The Showalter extension covers five years. He’s set up to become the second-longest tenured manager in club history behind Earl Weaver. Showalter, 56, became the 17th full-time manager of the Orioles on Aug. 2, 2010 and has led the club to a 196-185 record in

Flaherty on his winter ball experience (O’s early promotion schedule)

Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty collected nine hits and one illness during his brief stay in the Dominican Winter League. Flaherty, who’s currently working out in Tampa, batted .209/.306/.233 with one double, three RBIs, six walks and 13 strikeouts in 43 at-bats with Escogido. He returned to the U.S. on Dec. 20 about eight pounds lighter after coming down with a bad case of “water poisoning”

Taking another look at Matusz and maneuverability (arbitration note)

I don’t have information on all of the forums at FanFest, but I do know that Brian Matusz is participating in one that features a group of Orioles relievers. This doesn’t mean that Matusz is assured of being assigned to the bullpen on opening day. He’s going to work out as a starter in spring training. But he ended 2012 as a reliever and that’s

Orioles reach contract agreement with Tommy Hunter

The Orioles are down to seven arbitration-eligible players who haven’t agreed to terms. The club announced this afternoon that it reached agreement with pitcher Tommy Hunter on a one-year deal. Hunter, 26, went 7-8 with a 5.45 ERA in 33 games, including 20 starts, in 2012. He allowed 32 home runs in 133 2/3 innings. Hunter began the year in the rotation before spending time

More from Buck Showalter

It would be highly surprising if the Orioles didn’t announce manager Buck Showalter’s contract extension this week, leading up to Saturday’s FanFest at the Baltimore Convention Center. Showalter keeps downplaying the importance of the extension. He almost seems embarrassed by the money he’s already made in this game. “Honestly, the way I judge whether or not I’ve got enough money is, if I can walk

Showalter on Hardy, Lindstrom, Saunders and trades

Orioles manager Buck Showalter filled in for Dave Johnson yesterday as one of the co-hosts of “Wall to Wall Baseball” on MASN. He passed the audition. In case you missed it, I asked Showalter whether the Orioles would have to be overwhelmed by an offer in order to trade shortstop J.J. Hardy, who’s coveted by the Detroit Tigers. “What’s the word above overwhelmed? Stunned?” he

Orioles notes on infield coordinator and Mark Hendrickson

The Orioles are preparing to hire Matt Martin as their new minor league infield coordinator, a position that became vacant with Bobby Dickerson’s promotion to third base coach. Martin, 43, served in the same role with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2007-2011. Last year, he was named manager of the AZL Dodgers and coordinator of Arizona instruction. Previously, Martin managed the Pioneer League’s Billings Mustangs

Jones is glad that Showalter is staying around

While we wait for the Orioles to announce Buck Showalter’s contract extension, center fielder Adam Jones is just grateful that his manager will be staying around for a while. As you may recall, Jones walked into Showalter’s office before signing his own extension last summer and asked about his manager’s commitment to the organization. He didn’t doubt Showalter’s passion for winning. Jones just wanted to

Orioles agree to terms with Reimold (updated)

The Orioles can remove one name from their list of arbitration-eligible players. The club agreed to terms today with outfielder Nolan Reimold on a one-year contract. Update: Reimold will be paid $1 million in 2013 after making $490,500 last season. Reimold, 29, was limited to 16 games last year because of a herniated disc in his neck that required surgery. He batted .313/.333/.627 with six

Adam Jones talks about the WBC

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is back in San Diego after putting in a bid on a house in Baltimore County. He will fly to Denver later tonight and attend Saturday’s playoff game between the Ravens and Broncos, going from ideal weather to frigid conditions. “I’ve got tickets on the club level, so I can either sit outside or inside,” he said. “I’ll split up

A few afternoon Orioles notes (updated)

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette continues to work toward reaching contract agreements with his arbitration-eligible players before figures are exchanged this month and possible hearings are scheduled in February. The Orioles will try to avoid hearings with Chris Davis, Jason Hammel, Tommy Hunter, Jim Johnson, Brian Matusz, Darren O’Day, Troy Patton, Nolan Reimold and Matt Wieters. Each player was tendered a contract before the

Markakis: “I’m good to go”

I can’t imagine that too many players were happier to see the ball drop on New Year’s Eve than Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, who needed a fresh start after 2012. And his luck must be changing because it didn’t smash his toe. The Orioles finally posted a winning record and made the playoffs, which brought great joy to Markakis. But he underwent three surgeries

MASN will air six Orioles exhibition games (with notes attached)

With Orioles pitchers and catchers set to report Feb. 12, it’s time to reveal which spring training games can be viewed from the comfort of your home or favorite watering hole. Perhaps you’re lucky enough to have a television at work and an understanding boss. MASN HD will televise six exhibition games, all from Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, beginning with the Monday, Feb. 25

Looking ahead to the 2014 Hall of Fame controversy

Now that most of the smoke has cleared from yesterday’s Hall of Fame voting - if not the stench from the steroid scandal - we can look ahead to the 2014 ballot and the inclusion of a former Orioles pitcher who was inducted into their Hall of Fame over the summer. Yes, Mike Mussina will be eligible for induction in Cooperstown. Put your bitterness aside

No one is elected into Hall of Fame this year

The Hall of Fame pitched a shutout this year. For only the eighth time since voting began in 1936, a winning candidate did not emerge from the balloting conducted by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. There were 569 ballots cast, the third-highest total in the history of the voting, but none of the 37 candidates received the necessary 75 percent for election.

A few minutes with Gonzalez and McLouth

Major League Baseball and T-Mobile have a deal in place that will give managers the option of using cell phones to contact the bullpen instead of the old dugout phones. I can’t wait for Orioles manager Buck Showalter to start texting bullpen coach Bill Castro. Castro probably would have expected an “LOL” last season when Showalter wanted Chris Davis to warm up in the 16th

Orioles sign Tim Smith to minor league deal

While the speculation mounts over the Orioles’ pursuit of Nationals first baseman Michael Morse, they continue to focus on improving the depth in their minor league system. The Orioles have signed outfielder Tim Smith, 26, to a minor league deal. He hasn’t received an invitation to spring training. Smith tweeted the news earlier tonight, and a club official confirmed the signing. Smith batted .288/.372/.386 in

With LaRoche returning to Nationals, is Morse back in play for Orioles?

The Orioles expressed mild interest in Nationals first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse during the Winter Meetings, according to industry sources. They weren’t in serious pursuit of a trade, but they hung on the peripheral, waiting on whether their beltway rivals re-signed free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche. Well, LaRoche is staying with the Nationals, according to various reports. He’s agreed to a two-year deal that’s been on

Sifting through more rumors

If it brings any comfort at all, executive vice president Dan Duquette hasn’t stopped trying to add a starting pitcher or a hitter for the middle of the lineup. The effort is there. It’s the results that are lacking. Again, the Orioles aren’t choosing to stand pat. They just haven’t made a deal yet as we move into the second week of January. There’s a

Quick Showalter contract update

Since I’ve been asked about it many times over the past few days, I just wanted to pass along that the Orioles aren’t expected to announce manager Buck Showalter’s contract extension before next week. The original plan called for the Orioles to confirm the new deal early this week, but busy schedules on both sides have caused a slight delay. There hasn’t been a glitch

Bordick talks about three Orioles infielders

Former Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick, now a MASN analyst who also works with infielders at the major and minor league levels, offered his opinions on Ryan Flaherty, Brian Roberts and Manny Machado during Saturday’s “Hot Stove Baseball” show on WBAL Radio. “I loved Ryan Flaherty,” Bordick said. “I think he’s so versatile and he played above-average at every position they put him in. Buck (Showalter)

Random notes, quotes and thoughts

Pitcher Miguel Gonzalez and his wife are expecting their second child in June. It’s never too soon to start wondering about his paternity leave and whether he could miss a key start. Go ahead and check the schedule. Gonzalez, in a phone interview yesterday on WBAL Radio’s “Hot Stove Baseball” show, said his goal in 2013 is to pitch 200 innings. He totaled 105 1/3

Notes on Berkman and FanFest

Lance Berkman, a free agent first baseman/designated hitter who drew mild interest from the Orioles, has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, according to FOXSports.com. Berkman reportedly will receive $11 million guaranteed, including a $1 million buyout, and his contract includes a vesting option for 2014. The Orioles kicked the tires on Berkman, but he figured to sign with the

The holdup on Saunders

Before I tackle the blog topic of the day, I wanted to pass along that I heard late last night that manager Buck Showalter’s contract extension will cover three years, extending his commitment to the Orioles through the 2016 season. No real surprise here. I think three years was the expected length. The announcement is still likely to come early next week. And then we

Orioles notes on Berkman, Vazquez and more (plus FanFest autograph lineup)

The Orioles have reached out “informally” to free-agent first baseman/designated hitter Lance Berkman, according to a team official, but there are still doubts whether he’s going to play in 2013. This may be another case of kicking the tires, a phrase that never gets old. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported earlier today that the Orioles were one of the teams expressing interest in Berkman, who

Orioles claim catcher Luis Martinez off waivers

The Orioles have added a fourth catcher to their 40-man roster, claiming Luis Martinez off waivers today from the Texas Rangers. Martinez, a 12th-round pick by the San Diego Padres in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, joins Matt Wieters, Taylor Teagarden and Luis Exposito on the Orioles’ 40-man roster. Martinez, 27, is a career .272/.362/.364 hitter in six minor league seasons in the Padres (2007-11)

Showalter nearing agreement on contract extension

Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos and Buck Showalter are meeting again today to discuss the manager’s contract extension, and an announcement could be made early next week, according to an industry source. Showalter is flying into Baltimore today after spending the holidays at his home in Dallas. He met several times with Angelos last month, and it’s been anticipated that he would sign a new

More FanFest information (Quintanilla signs with Mets)

Vouchers for autograph sessions at the Orioles’ 2013 FanFest, to be held Jan. 19 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. The list of autograph session times and participants will be posted online for preview at www.orioles.com/fanfest by 9 p.m. Friday. Shortstop J.J. Hardy can’t attend this year because of a family commitment. FanFest will run from 11 a.m.-6

As the rotation turns

Is it too soon to decide on the Orioles’ opening day starter? I’m assuming that he’s already on the roster. The Orioles aren’t interested in re-signing Joe Saunders so he can take the ball on April 2 at Tropicana Field. The left-hander would slot lower in the rotation. Of course, Kyle Lohse would profile as a No. 1 starter on this club, but why go

Waiting for new developments in a new year

The holidays are officially behind us. It’s a new year. It’s time for the Orioles to do something. The last press release issued by the club confirmed that Steve Pearce had been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Dec. 21. The buzz has since faded. My sarcasm, however, keeps going strong. I’ll repeat that it’s not a lack of effort that’s preventing the Orioles from adding

Hocking accepts managing job in Angels’ system

Denny Hocking, who served as Double-A Bowie’s field coach the past two seasons, has accepted a job as manager of the Los Angeles Angels’ rookie-level team in Arizona, according to an industry source. Hocking has been a leading candidate to replace Bobby Dickerson as the Orioles’ minor league infield coordinator, but they apparently decided to go in another direction. No hire has been made. Hocking’s

One last look back at 2012

Happy new year to everyone. I’ll type quietly this morning in case your head is pounding. When the ball dropped at midnight, I fully expected Wilson Betemit to be charged with another error. (I kid, I kid.) I tried to avoid writing an Orioles-related remembrance and resolution blog entry yesterday because it’s so cliched. Better to wait until today to be unoriginal. The Orioles provided

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