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Hearing from Wieters and Young as another FanFest ends

Fans are filing out of the Baltimore Convention Center, marking the end of another FanFest. The attendance exceeded 16,000 despite all the griping about how the Orioles aren’t trying to improve following their division title and that they’re likely to finish in last place. Maybe folks were just trying to get warm. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters remains optimistic that he’ll be ready on opening day.

Jones: “I still think we’re going to have a very, very strong and formidable team”

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones talked to reporters for about six minutes today, enough time to comment on predictions that the club will finish in last place, free agent losses and the Dan Duquette saga. Here’s a sampling: On being picked to finish last: “Cool. Weren’t we supposed to finish last the last 4-5 years? Keep it that way. I think we like that. It’s

Jimenez on last season and looking ahead to 2015

The Orioles announced that today’s FanFest event has attracted more than 16,000 fans. The record is 18,000 in 2013. Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed today that left-hander Mark Hendrickson will receive an invitation to major league camp. Hendrickson threw at the minicamp earlier this month. Ubaldo Jimenez already is set to report with the pitchers and catchers. He’s hoping that a mechanical adjustment in September

Hearing from Davis, Norris and Wright

The Baltimore Convention Center is packed today with fans attending the annual FanFest event. Enthusiasm is running high despite the free agent losses and national projections that the team won’t return to the playoffs. “They’re picking us last again, which is beautiful,” said manager Buck Showalter. First baseman Chris Davis confirmed that he received an exemption to take Adderall after being denied in 2013. He’s

Duquette and Davis at FanFest

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette received a nice ovation today, with many fans rising to their feet as he was introduced at FanFest for the Q&A forum for season ticket holders. Manager Buck Showalter received a prolonged standing ovation, as expected. The reception for Duquette was the real curiosity following reports all winter that he might leave for Toronto. “Sometimes there is substance to

Now and then

The Orioles are holding their annual FanFest today at the Baltimore Convention Center, which figures to keep me busy for approximately 12 hours. I tend to arrive early and stay late. Players, former players, executives and coaches will meet with reporters throughout the day behind the main stage, giving us 10-15 minutes to interview each one. We may need more time with Chris Davis, who

Orioles sign Steve Pearce, minor leaguer Austin Anderson suspended

The Orioles are down to three unsigned arbitration players after agreeing to terms today with Steve Pearce on a contract for the 2015 season. Pearce will receive $3.7 million, exactly at the midpoint after the sides exchanged figures. Pearce submitted $5.4 million and the Orioles countered at $2 million. He made $850,000 last season. It was a breakout year for Pearce after the Orioles released

Snider on his past failings and new opportunity with the Orioles

The Orioles made newly acquired outfielder Travis Snider available to the media this morning on a conference call that lasted about 15 minutes and also included executive vice president Dan Duquette. Here’s a sampling of quotes from Snider: On his reaction to the trade: “It’s always a little bit of a surprise just the way things transpired. Going into the offseason, my wife and I

Leftovers for breakfast

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette fielded questions for about an hour last night at the Aberdeen IronBirds’ annual Hot Stove Banquet, which drew a crowd of roughly 100 fans at Ripken Stadium. Duquette’s interest in the Blue Jays’ job was barely mentioned, and he responded by noting the lack of activity last winter before the Orioles reported to the Ed Smith Stadium complex in

Duquette: “I’ve been focused on helping the Orioles all winter”

ABERDEEN, Md. - Relaxing on a leather sofa in one of the suites at Ripken Stadium, dinner and a Q&A session with fans coming later in the evening, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette was asked to describe an offseason that kept him in the news for reasons beyond making trades and signing free agents. “Interesting,” he said with a chuckle. “It’s been interesting. I’m

MASN to air seven Orioles games this spring

Seven of the Orioles’ spring training games this year will air on MASN HD, beginning with the March 5 game against the Blue Jays in Sarasota. The Blue Jays have been attached to the Orioles all winter. May as well keep it going in the spring. All seven games will be played at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. The four afternoon games will be replayed

This, that and the other

The Orioles still haven’t released their camp roster for spring training, including the invites, because they’re continuing to work on it. More decisions were made yesterday. We must remain patient. It sounds as though the Orioles are leaning toward inviting veteran left-hander Mark Hendrickson, who had a tryout earlier this month at the minicamp in Sarasota. Hendrickson has lowered his arm slot to the point

Waiting on the PTBNL in the Snider trade (with another note)

I’m told that the player to be named later in last night’s Travis Snider trade with the Pirates won’t be determined until spring training. That leaves plenty of time for fans to ask about the PTBNL in the Travis Snider trade. Let me remind everyone that there was no PTBNL in the Chad Bradford deal on Aug. 7, 2008. It was a cash transaction. But

More on the trade, Ohlman and Wieters

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Pirates for not asking the Orioles about the availability of Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy. See, that’s how you get a deal done. You can’t judge this deal until finding out whether pitcher Stephen Tarpley reaches the majors and makes an impact with the Pirates. Until learning the identity of the player to be named later and how he progresses. Until

Orioles acquire Travis Snider from Pirates

The deal is done. The Orioles have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Pirates for minor league left-hander Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later. To make room for Snider on the 40-man roster, the Orioles have designated catcher Michael Ohlman for assignment. “Snider is a solid, dependable power-hitting outfielder and is an excellent fit for Camden Yards,” executive vice president Dan Duquette

Orioles trying again to acquire Snider from Pirates

The Orioles are getting closer to acquiring outfielder Travis Snider from the Pirates, according to multiple sources. One source said the sides rekindled talks a few weeks ago. Another source indicated that the Orioles are trying to limit the return to one minor leaguer. The player going to the Pirates at this stage wouldn’t be on the 40-man roster and most likely would be a

Orioles won’t raise ticket prices in 2015 (updated)

Despite the delay in releasing price information, the Orioles won’t increase the cost of their season and single-game tickets in 2015, according to a source. The Orioles notified their season ticket holders that they will receive plan information via email on Feb. 2. In previous years this information has been available in December, which led to speculation that the Orioles might raise prices. Last year’s

Showalter on Duquette and Wieters on his throwing progression

The Blue Jays’ announcement yesterday that Paul Beeston would return in 2015 as president and CEO shouldn’t be viewed as breaking news. We heard about it as far back as the Winter Meetings. The team simply was offering confirmation. I’m not ready to close the door on the Dan Duquette saga. The Jays will need a replacement for Beeston in 2016 and beyond. Orioles manager

Norris agrees to terms for 2015

The Orioles reached agreement with pitcher Bud Norris on a deal for 2015, leaving four arbitration-eligible players without contracts for the upcoming season. Norris will make a guaranteed $8.8 million this year. He submitted $10.25 million on the day that sides exchanged salary figures, and the Orioles countered at $7.5 million. The deal includes a possible $25,000 for reaching 180 innings and another $25,000 for

Orioles sign Chris Parmelee, Dane De La Rosa to minor league deals

The Orioles found a left-handed hitting outfielder today, signing former first-round pick Chris Parmelee to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The club also announced that it signed right-hander Dane De La Rosa to a minor league deal, and it confirmed the Steve Johnson signing that was reported a few days ago. They also receive invitations to spring training. Parmelee has

A sampling of Showalter on 105.7 The Fan

Orioles manager Buck Showalter compared the Blue Jays’ interest in executive vice president Dan Duquette to teams pursuing free agents on the roster during his call-in segment this morning on 105.7 The Fan. Showalter didn’t go into any detail regarding the Blue Jays’ attempts to make Duquette their president and CEO. A report out of Toronto yesterday stated that negotiations have ended and Toronto will

De Aza’s importance growing in quiet offseason

Another lazy and uneventful Sunday? Not this one. The Orioles settled on a 2015 contract with infielder Ryan Flaherty and the Blue Jays may have decided again that they were done negotiating to acquire executive vice president Dan Duquette. I’ll pause to let you catch your breath. The Orioles have settled with six of their 11 arbitration-eligible players. In case you missed it last night,

Flaherty agrees to 2015 contract

The Orioles are down to five arbitration-eligible players without contracts for 2015. Infielder Ryan Flaherty has settled tonight at $1.075 million to avoid a potential hearing next month. His contract includes an additional $25,000 for 400 plate appearances. Flaherty, 28, submitted $1.5 million and the Orioles countered at $900,000. He made $513,000 last season while batting .221/.288/.356 with 15 doubles, one triple, seven home runs

Report: Blue Jays end negotiations for Duquette

Has the story of the Blue Jays pursuing Dan Duquette for the position of president and CEO finally reached its conclusion? Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, reported today that the Blue Jays have ended negotiations to acquire Duquette due to the Orioles’ insistence on receiving three top prospects. I’m told that the Orioles have no knowledge of the Blue Jays’ current intentions regarding Duquette. One person

Revisiting Duquette topics on “Wall to Wall Baseball”

What are the chances that Major League Baseball honors Hall of Famer Ernie Banks by instructing every team to play one single-admission doubleheader? Slim and none, I’m sure, but what a gesture. Let’s all vow to set aside a day and play two. It doesn’t have to be baseball, either. Get as creative as you want. Who am I to judge? Former Orioles executive Jim

Orioles will remain in good hands

What I am about to write is in no way intended to diminish Dan Duquette’s impact on the Orioles since they hired him in November 2011 as executive vice president of baseball operations. Duquette has played a significant role in the club’s three consecutive winning seasons and two playoff berths. He’s become the master of the depth move and has a knack for plugging holes.

Orioles acquire left-hander Daniel Rodriguez

The Orioles made a minor deal tonight, acquiring left-hander Daniel Rodriguez from the Braves for cash considerations. Executive vice president Dan Duquette said Rodriguez will be assigned to Triple-A Norfolk’s roster. He won’t receive an invitation to spring training, “but we’ll probably take a look at him,” Duquette said. Rodriguez, 30, was 6-13 with a 5.04 ERA and 1.464 WHIP in 29 appearances (21 starts)

Quick update on Reimold

It’s been a quiet day so far, except for the stampede of shoppers in a panic over the weather forecast. The Orioles were on the verge of signing outfielder Nolan Reimold to a minor league deal last month on the final day of the Winter Meetings, but it didn’t get done and other teams joined the mix. I’ve heard that the Indians are the most

Daily dose of Duquette and wondering who will be most overhyped

I woke up this morning, checked my e-mails, text messages and Twitter, and knew that Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette hadn’t changed jobs. Why I also checked my Facebook page is beyond me. I must have still been groggy. There may not be any significant updates today on Duquette’s situation, but trust me, there will be updates. A day can’t pass without them, which

Second dose of Duquette

This is the story that doesn’t end, it just goes on and on my friends... I didn’t make it out of York, Pa., without the Twitter world being jolted again by reports that the Orioles are close to settling on compensation from the Blue Jays that would allow executive vice president Dan Duquette to take the job as president and CEO in Toronto. A source

Daily dose of Duquette and Steve Johnson quotes

Paul Beeston insisted in December that he would remain as Blue Jays president and CEO in 2015. Bob McCown of Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto offered further confirmation yesterday. Does this end the Blue Jays’ interest in Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette? Is it safe to go outside again. Not a chance. Duquette still could wind up with Beeston’s job in 2016 and

Orioles reach agreement with Steve Johnson

The Orioles have reached agreement with pitcher Steve Johnson on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, allowing the Baltimore native to stay home. Johnson, 27, is rehabbing from surgery in September to remove a bone spur behind his right shoulder. He’s been pain-free while playing catch. The St. Paul’s graduate was bothered this summer by tendinitis in his shoulder that forced

Still waiting for Orioles to make their next move

Orioles manager Buck Showalter flew into Baltimore yesterday, in case you’re tracking his every move. Maybe he missed the snow. As I wrote earlier this week, Showalter is going to meet with managing partner Peter G. Angelos about a variety of topics. He’s not making a special trip to discuss executive vice president Dan Duquette. However, the Blue Jays’ continued interest in Duquette will come

Is Rasmus no longer an option for the Orioles? (Rasmus signs for $8 million)

Free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus is taking a physical in Houston, according to multiple reports, and could be on the verge of signing with the Astros. Rasmus confirmed that he’s in Houston, telling FOX 26 sports director Mark Berman (via Twitter), “Jeff (Luhnow) being the scouting director that drafted me, it’s pretty enticing.” The Orioles were believed to be the frontrunners for Rasmus, a career

What’s going to happen to Gausman?

With a month remaining before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, there’s still plenty of time for new storylines to develop and for me to rank them according to importance or interest. Kevin Gausman will be on my list, no matter how it’s framed. Specifically, I wonder whether Gausman will make the rotation, be moved to a crowded bullpen or again pay the price

What’s happening this week?

We’ve started a new week and the Orioles are dealing with the same old issues. They want a left-handed hitting outfielder. No, seriously, it’s in all the blogs and papers. And the club is trying to conduct business while the Blue Jays pursue Dan Duquette like it’s last call at a bar and Major League Baseball is serving as wing man. The Jays are ignoring

Blackmon a consideration for Orioles

The Orioles continue to check the trade market for left-handed hitting outfielders in case they can’t sign free agent Colby Rasmus. One potential match could be found in Colorado, where Charlie Blackmon has been made available, according to FOX Sports. From what I’ve gathered, the Orioles haven’t engaged in talks with the Rockies concerning Blackmon, but they’re doing their homework on him and could get

More on Orioles’ search for left-handed hitter and arbitration hearings

It may be a relatively quiet Saturday for the Orioles compared to yesterday, when they settled with four arbitration-eligible players, exchanged salary figures with six others, outrighted catcher Ryan Lavarnway to Triple-A Norfolk and announced details on the autograph stations at FanFest. Still no word on a left-handed hitting outfielder, however, which remains a top priority. Nori Aoki reached agreement with the Giants yesterday on

Duquette on arbitration and more

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said he expects the team to have one or two arbitration hearings next month after salary figures were exchanged earlier today. The Orioles haven’t gone to a hearing since beating pitcher Brad Bergesen on Feb. 9, 2012. They’re 7-0 in cases led by general counsel H. Russell Smouse. Hearing dates run from Feb. 1-21. In case you missed it

Orioles announce FanFest autograph schedule (vouchers sell out)

The Orioles will have four autograph stations set up at their annual FanFest on Jan. 31 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with early entry for Orioles season plan members at 10 a.m. Autograph vouchers go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at orioles.com/fanfest. The autograph sessions begin at 11:20 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:20 p.m.

Orioles outright Lavarnway

Catcher Ryan Lavarnway has finally cleared waivers. The Orioles announced today that Lavarnway has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk after they designated him for assignment on Jan. 9 to create room for outfielder Delmon Young on the 40-man roster. Lavarnway was claimed off waivers from the Cubs on Dec. 23. He previously was selected off waivers by the Dodgers on Dec. 5 and the Cubs

Orioles reach agreement with Matusz (final update)

The Orioles and left-hander Brian Matusz have reached agreement on a contract for 2015, settling at $3.2 million as the deadline approaches before teams and arbitration-eligible players exchange salary figures. Matusz, who turns 28 next month, made $2.4 million last season and was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to receive $2.7 million this season. Matusz posted a career-low 3.48 ERA in 63 appearances last season. He pitched

Leftovers for breakfast

We’ve reached the point today where arbitration-eligible players and their teams exchange salary figures for 2015 and hope to avoid a hearing next month. You know the dance. They usually split the difference. It’s only interesting to me if there’s a huge discrepancy. Wake me if the Orioles offer Ryan Flaherty $1 million and he counters at $200 million. Reliever Tommy Hunter settled for $4.65

Orioles officially denied 2016 All-Star Game

The Orioles knew last month that they wouldn’t host the 2016 All-Star Game. It became official today at the conclusion of Major League Baseball’s quarterly owners meetings. Commissioner Bud Selig announced that San Diego will host the Mid-Summer Classic despite insisting last year that he wanted to continue alternating leagues. The Reds will host the 2015 All-Star Game. The National League could make it three

More on Machado, Garcia and Duquette

Another minicamp is in the books and the idea of organizing it seems more brilliant every year. Pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti get to check out another collection of arms. New players get acclimated to the coaches and the facility, giving them a head start on spring training next month. The Orioles can check on players coming off injuries and surgeries.

A few thoughts on Duquette before heading home (with Angelos quote)

TAMPA - The Winter Meetings last month in San Diego began with reports that the Blue Jays wanted to hire Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette as their president/CEO. The minicamp this week in Sarasota concluded today with reports that the Jays were nearing a deal to acquire Duquette. This story needs to reach its conclusion. The Orioles and Jays have discussed compensation, as FOXSports.com

Showalter on Machado, minicamp and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Ed Smith Stadium complex looks deserted now, with Orioles players and coaches heading to the airport after the three-day minicamp. Third baseman Manny Machado sat at his locker as manager Buck Showalter concluded his final media session. Machado is returning to Miami to continue his workouts “Manny looked good today,” Showalter said. “Glad he came over. Didn’t have to. Appreciated him

Machado: “It’s been a while since I felt this healthy and good”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado said he’s been doing full baseball activities for a couple of weeks, with the exception of moving laterally to field ground balls, and today’s minicamp provided a demonstration. Machado hit in the indoor cage and took batting practice outside, shagged fly balls and did agility drills with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells, sprinting up the first base

Notes on Machado, Tillman, Scott and Murphy

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado arrived in the clubhouse at 9:15 a.m. this morning and currently is having his right knee checked. He’s expected to meet with the media - it’s a small contingent - before leaving the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Reliever Tommy Hunter called out Machado’s name, walked across the room and gave him a big hug. Machado later made

The final day of minicamp and quotes from Verrett

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’ve reached the final day of the Orioles’ minicamp at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Players will bolt around noon. I’ll try to find my way to the Tampa airport for a 7 p.m. flight home after filing more notes and meeting one last time with manager Buck Showalter. My daughter got engaged last night. My head’s still spinning. Manny Machado’s arrival

Hearing from Showalter after Day Two of minicamp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The most interesting nugget of news today involved South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon, who won’t be invited to major league camp next month, according to manager Buck Showalter. Yoon was removed from the 40-man roster and outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Aug. 30 after going 4-8 with a 5.74 ERA in 23 games, including 18 starts, with the Tides. He’s set to

Coolbaugh on Davis: “I look for great things from Chris this year”

SARASOTA, Fla. - New Orioles hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh was scheduled to fly back home this afternoon, but he’s staying an extra day at the minicamp to meet third baseman Manny Machado. Coolbaugh didn’t have much work to do today beyond getting acclimated to his new surroundings and checking out a few position players who took their cuts in the batting cage. “Get around some

Hunter calls signing extension with Orioles “something you’d like to see happen” (plus pics)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles held their second minicamp workout today under a bright blue sky. Yesterday’s rain gave way to gorgeous sunshine, allowing eight pitchers to throw off mounds. Hunter Harvey and Parker Bridwell were in the first group, followed by Mychal Givens and Brian Gonzalez, Jon Keller and Pat McCoy, and Eddie Gamboa and Mike Wright. Calvert Hall graduate Alex Murphy drew the

Minicamp leftovers for breakfast (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ryan Webb’s had a busy offseason, undergoing surgery on his non-throwing shoulder and getting married. For many people, marriage is far more painful than anything that happens on an operating table, but Webb is an exception. Good for him. Webb, who signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Orioles in December 2013, had a procedure done to tighten the shoulder capsule.

Hendrickson: “This is me taking my career by the horns” (Hunter note)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Hendrickson isn’t ready to retire. He isn’t ready to move into the next phase of his professional life. He’s throwing better than he has in years, a lower arm slot raising his confidence that he can make it back to the majors for the first time in four years. This isn’t a repeat, though the story is familiar. Hendrickson is receiving

Updating Wieters and more notes from minicamp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters increased his throwing to 120 feet today, the fourth distance he’s covered since starting his program in late November. “In the whole progression of step things, it’s not a big day, but this is a step day,” said manager Buck Showalter. Wieters started a light throwing program immediately after Thanksgiving, heading outdoors every other day to play catch

Orioles return to 105.7 The Fan

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have announced a new multi-year deal naming CBS Radio’s 105.7 The Fan (WJZ-FM) the flagship station of the Orioles Radio Network. Starting with the 2015 season, fans will be able to hear all 162 regular season games, select spring training games and other Orioles programming on 105.7 The Fan and across the seven-state, 34-station Orioles Radio Network. Joe Angel and

Notes from first day of Orioles minicamp (with photos)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rain began to fall about an hour into today’s Orioles workout at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Pitchers have moved inside the batting cage to continue throwing. Here are some early notes from Day One: * Reliever Ryan Webb reported to minicamp as an unexpected visitor. * Tommy Hunter said he won’t throw while he’s here. He’s at the facility because he

Notes on catchers, Santana, Zobrist, Rasmus and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - As the Orioles’ minicamp begins today, it seems like an appropriate time to also talk about spring training. It’s only a month away and the fields at the Ed Smith Stadium complex are in superb condition. The Orioles will bring at least six catchers to spring training. They would like to keep Ryan Lavarnway as a non-roster invitee if he clears waivers.

Gamboa included on minicamp roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - Knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa has been added to the list of Orioles attending this week’s minicamp at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. The Orioles extended the invitation and were waiting to hear back from him. Gamboa signed a major league deal on Dec. 3, putting him back on the 40-man roster. The Orioles removed him last year at the non-tender deadline and re-signed

This and that

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Ravens are done playing and more attention now falls upon the Orioles. No more distractions unless you’re really into college hoops. The Orioles won’t announce their minor league staffs until they hire a field coach at Single-A Frederick. If it’s keeping you awake nights, we need to talk. Nothing new to report on Colby Rasmus. If he wants to sign with

Some thoughts on Tillman, Hunter and Young

SARASOTA, Fla. - My rental car is a maroon Camaro. My “suite” is so small, there’s no floor or closet space for my suitcase and I need to step out of the room to change my mind. You take the good with the bad at Orioles minicamp. My interest level has increased with the news that Chris Tillman and Tommy Hunter are in Sarasota. Tillman

Young passes physical and signs contract (with Duquette quote)

The Orioles’ one-year deal with outfielder Delmon Young finally became official today. Young passed his physical and signed his contract, which guarantees $2.25 million and could reach $3 million with incentives. Young agreed to terms on Dec. 24 and took most of his physical on Wednesday, with his bloodwork done the following day. It’s been a process due to the holidays and a prolonged wait

Looking ahead to the minicamp

The Orioles should make at least one announcement today. There figures to be some activity. Find a comfortable seat. The minicamp will provide a nice distraction from all the rumors and speculation that define the hot stove season. And it’s sort of like watching baseball. Pitchers will throw on the side and players will take batting practice. Factor in the clubhouse interviews and daily sessions

Quick updates on Young and Rasmus

Outfielder Delmon Young reached agreement on his one-year deal on Dec. 24. He completed most of his physical yesterday and just needed his bloodwork done today. However, we still don’t have an announcement from the Orioles and it may not come until Friday. The last time that I checked, the Orioles still were waiting to hear back from the doctors. They also were working to

Orioles reach agreement with Arencibia on minor league deal (updated)

Perhaps concluding their search for catching depth, the Orioles have reached agreement with J.P. Arencibia on a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training, according to a source. Arencibia, who turned 29 earlier this week, also can play first base. He’s made 21 starts at the position. Arencibia is a career .207/.255/.403 hitter over five major league seasons, the first four with

Young signing expected today

The Orioles are expected later today to announce the signing of outfielder Delmon Young to a one-year contract. Young agreed to terms Dec. 24 on a deal that guarantees him $2.25 million and includes a possible $750,000 in incentives. Who comes off the 40-man roster to make room? Stay tuned. Here’s the roster again. Give me your prediction: Pitchers Tim Berry Brad Brach Zach Britton

More on Hall of Fame voting and Delmon Young

Yesterday’s Hall of Fame announcement was followed by the usual kicking and screaming over how the voters got it wrong again by denying players accused of cheating. Or they got it right by excluding those players. Either way, lots and lots of kicking and screaming. Always a good time. What’s worse, deserving players failing to receive the required number of votes, or Darin Erstad receiving

Biggio, Johnson, P. Martinez and Smoltz elected to Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., will open its doors to four inductees this summer, the largest class in 55 years. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America has voted in second baseman Craig Biggio and pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz. Biggio fell short by two votes last year. Candidates must be named on 75 percent of ballots cast by BBWAA members

FanFest tickets on sale today

The Orioles announced that tickets for their annual FanFest go on sale today. The event will be held Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center, with early entry for Orioles season plan members to begin at 10 a.m. as part of the Orange Carpet Program. Tickets are available online at www.orioles.com/fanfest, via phone at 1-888-848-BIRD, at the Camden Yards

This, that and the other

Two years ago, the Orioles signed veteran left-hander Mark Hendrickson to a minor league deal after he threw at Camden Yards during their minicamp. He spent the entire season at Triple-A Norfolk. Hendrickson will take another shot at it next week. He’s been invited to attend the minicamp at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, where he will throw for manager Buck Showalter, pitching

More on Orioles’ minicamp (note on Stu Miller)

Third baseman Manny Machado, recovering from surgery on his right knee, will be in Sarasota on the final day of the Orioles’ minicamp on Jan. 14 to allow manager Buck Showalter and various staff and medical personnel to check his health and watch him work out. Machado had surgery on Aug. 27 to repair a partially torn ligament. He underwent a similar procedure on his

Who’s up first?

The Orioles still want to add a left-handed hitting outfielder, reliever and catcher before opening day on April 6. Their shopping list is written out clearly. No smudges. What remains unclear to me is who’s going to bat first in the lineup. Nick Markakis is gone, having signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Braves. He was the Orioles’ leadoff hitter in 148 games

Rasmus, Aoki and Ethier still among Orioles’ outfield options

While the Orioles apparently still rate Colby Rasmus as their likeliest choice among available left-handed hitting outfielders, they haven’t eliminated two others from the discussion. They maintain a lower level of interest in free agent Nori Aoki and have engaged in trade talks with the Dodgers regarding Andre Ethier, according to an industry source. Earlier this winter, the Orioles checked on Matt Kemp but decided

Young taking physical next week

Having reached agreement with Delmon Young on a one-year deal on Christmas Eve, the Orioles still need the outfielder to take his physical before they can make it official. The Orioles knew that the physical wouldn’t get done before Jan. 1. I was told today that Young will take it on Wednesday in Baltimore. No rush, I suppose. Team officials are confident that Young’s physical

“Mutual interest” in Tillman extension, and other notes

With so much attention placed on the Orioles’ attempts to craft their roster for the upcoming season, it’s easy to forget that they need to give raises to their 11 arbitration-eligible players. Players can file for arbitration on Jan. 13, and the sides exchange salary figures three days later. Hearings take place between Feb. 1-21 if agreements aren’t reached. Here’s the list of the Orioles’

What’s next for the Orioles?

Now that we’ve made it past the holidays, the Orioles could make a flurry of moves before opening day. Not a blizzard. The plow won’t be driving through your neighborhood. But the baseball forecast in Baltimore is calling for flurries. The Delmon Young signing is just one of the moves. The Orioles will add at least one left-handed bat for the outfield, with Colby Rasmus

A new year brings a new set of Orioles notes

Welcome to the first day of 2015. I hope you’re not spending it in a holding cell. The ball dropped in Times Square, but I fully expected Adam Jones to run it down. Maybe his range is diminishing. As the Orioles continue their search for another left-handed bat, a source confirmed yesterday that they’re interested in outfielder/first baseman Chris Parmelee, who became a free agent

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