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Information on the return of the “Hot Stove Show” and its new location

Anyone want to watch some radio? The “Hot Stove Show” is returning to 105.7 The Fan beginning on Thursday and running through the end of spring training on March 31, 2016. I’m joining MASN’s Jim Hunter again for the hour-long program, but the venue has changed. Rather than sit in studio, we’re taking our act on the road to Dempsey’s Brew Pub & Restaurant at

Should Orioles pursue trade for Hanley Ramirez?

I sought your opinions yesterday on free agent outfielder Denard Span and the idea of having him play right field for the Orioles. Being the fickle sort, I’m moving on to another player. This one isn’t a free agent. He isn’t a plus defender. His contract makes the strongest stomachs dry heave. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Hanley Ramirez. There are conflicting reports on

Is Denard Span a fit in right field?

In exactly one week, I’ll be boarding a flight to Nashville for the Winter Meetings and complaining loudly every step of the way. That’s a lot of complaining when you factor in the number of steps from the front desk to the elevators and media workroom at the spacious Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. You’re handed a map and wished good luck. Then you

Reheating a few holiday leftovers

At what point do you concede that it’s time to dispose of the Thanksgiving leftovers? When the cranberry sauce from the can loses its jiggle? When the white meat begins to resemble the dark meat? When the drumsticks limp to the trash can? How about when you’re surprised to find yams in the fridge before realizing they’re actually the mashed potatoes? Or when the last

Odds and ends on Chris Davis

No matter where I go, no matter what time of day or night, I’m challenged by friends and fans to place odds on the Orioles re-signing first baseman Chris Davis. When did I go from sportswriter to bookmaker? The best I can offer is this: The Orioles remain in the running for Davis. They aren’t scared away by projections of six- and seven-year deals ranging

L.J. Hoes on trade: “It’s like going home”

Let’s get a few things straight about L.J. Hoes. He prefers L.J. to LJ, so this blog entry actually is a period piece. He shops at a Walmart in Fort Lauderdale, which is where he heard the news yesterday that the Orioles traded for him. And he’s not afraid to show his emotions in public. “I’m very excited,” Hoes said after being obtained from the

Orioles bring back L.J. Hoes

The Orioles’ interest in reacquiring outfielder L.J. Hoes became a reality today. The Orioles have completed a trade with the Astros, bringing back their former third-round pick in exchange for cash considerations. Hoes is out of options and his addition required the Orioles to remove a player from the 40-man roster, which they filled up on Monday by protecting pitchers Chris Lee, Andrew Triggs and

Gausman excited for chance to stay in rotation in 2016

The Orioles would need to make an abrupt turn in order to remove Kevin Gausman from their 2016 rotation plans. The type of turn where brakes are slammed, the wheel is cut, the vehicle ends up on two tires, coins fly out of the change compartment and you have lots of explaining to do in traffic court. Or so I’ve been told. Cover your ears

Orioles sign eight players to minor league contracts

The Orioles announced the signings of eight players to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training. Most of the agreements already have been reported, including the deal with Korean first baseman Ji-Man Choi, who spent the last five years in the Mariners organization. Also signed were right-handers Pedro Beato and Todd Redmond, left-handers Cesar Cabral and Ashur Tolliver, infielders Steve Tolleson and Ozzie Martinez,

Eye surgery enables Gausman to focus on pitching

Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman can see clearly now and he’s doing it without prescription glasses. He’s regained his focus and his fashion sense. Gausman underwent LASIK surgery at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute three days after the season ended. He’s so happy with the results that he recommended it to teammate Darren O’Day. “They’re one of the best places in the country to do

This, that and the other

The Orioles are expected to announce later today that they signed Korean first baseman Ji-Man Choi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. I’ve been told that the club is waiting for “confirmation” following a report over the weekend by South Korean media outlet Ilgan Sports that the deal was done. Look for it to arrive today. Choi, a switch-hitter, will

Orioles sign Tolleson to minor league deal (updated)

The Orioles signed infielder Steve Tolleson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. A team official confirmed the move, which first appeared in Baseball America’s minor league free agent tracker. I’m told that Tolleson actually signed a few weeks ago, but it must have slipped under the radar. He’s always wanted to return to them and finally got his wish. Tolleson

Notes on Henry Urrutia and Buck Showalter’s comments on MLB Network

Orioles outfielder Henry Urrutia says he will begin playing again on Tuesday in the Venezuelan Winter League now that he’s recovered from a virus that produced severe flu-like symptoms. Urrutia’s last game for Leones del Caracas was on Wednesday, before he came down with a fever and felt pain throughout his body. Urrutia’s 19-month-old son developed the same symptoms and was taken to the emergency

Wondering about the bullpen’s flexibility in 2016

One issue for the Orioles in 2015 involved a bullpen that didn’t provide enough flexibility. Too many relievers without minor league options. Too many instances where the club was challenged to bring up a fresh arm. Tommy Hunter was shipped to the Cubs at the non-waiver deadline to free up a spot. It was a risky move for a team still in contention. A fan

Could the Orioles bring back Hoes? (plus other notes)

I wrote last month that the Orioles would have interest in bringing back outfielder L.J. Hoes if the Astros made him available. Well, the Astros designated Hoes for assignment on Friday to clear a spot on their 40-man roster. To update my earlier post, the Orioles still have interest in Hoes and I still relish the headline possibilities. The Orioles traded Hoes, minor league left-hander

Hunter Harvey update and reports on Chris Lee, Andrew Triggs and Parker Bridwell

After being shut down in September due to discomfort in his right elbow, Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey has been cleared to do some light throwing. Harvey is back home in North Carolina, but he figures to report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota later this winter. Dr. James Andrews recommended on Oct. 5 that Harvey rest for four to six weeks before

Orioles add Lee, Triggs and Bridwell to 40-man roster

The Orioles purchased the contracts of left-hander Chris Lee and right-handers Andrew Triggs and Parker Bridwell from Double-A Bowie today, adding three pitchers to the 40-man roster and protecting them before the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 10 in Nashville. The roster is now full, but the Orioles can clear room prior to the Rule 5 draft. Count on it. They also can remove players

More from Duquette, Machado’s fourth-place finish and the 40-man roster

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette didn’t reveal much yesterday on “The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report” on MASN beyond confirming that the club remains interested in re-signing Chris Davis, Darren O’Day and Steve Pearce, three names that were floated during his interview. Is Duquette more or less confident now that he can retain Davis? “I don’t know if I can handicap these things,” he said. “Chris

Machado places fourth, Davis 14th in AL MVP balloting

Though the Orioles were shut out this year in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America awards, third baseman Manny Machado and first baseman Chris Davis gained a measure of notice. Machado placed fourth tonight for Most Valuable Player in the American League, while Davis finished 14th. Machado received four third-place votes, 11 fourth, five fifth, one sixth, one seventh, one eighth, three ninth and one

Notes on O’Day, AL MVP and more

The Tigers no longer appear to be in the running for free agent reliever Darren O’Day after acquiring closer Francisco Rodriguez yesterday from the Brewers. The more pressing question over here is whether the Orioles remain in the hunt. I received confirmation on the FOXSports.com report that O’Day is seeking a four-year deal in the $28-$36 million range. The Tigers don’t seem inclined to pay

Orioles interested in Neil Walker

I heard a few weeks ago that the Orioles had some interest in Pirates infielder Neil Walker and were checking whether he might be non-tendered. As it turns out, they took it a step further and engaged in trade talks during the general managers meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. I’m told that nothing came of it, with the Pirates apparently seeking more than the Orioles

This, that and the other

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce the Cy Young Award winners in both leagues tonight on MLB Network. My guess is Dallas Keuchel beats out Sonny Gray and David Price in the American League. Four Orioles have won the Cy Young Award, including three-time winner Jim Palmer (1973, 1975, 1976). Mike Cuellar and Denny McLain were co-winners in 1969, Mike Flanagan won it

Bobby Dickerson talks about Manny Machado’s defense at third base

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce its Managers of the Year tonight on MLB Network. Orioles skipper Buck Showalter won it last year in the American League, but he isn’t a finalist in 2015. The choice comes down to the Rangers’ Jeff Banister, the Astros’ A.J. Hinch and the Twins’ Paul Molitor. My guess is Banister, though I’d lean more toward Hinch for

More from Dan Duquette on Chris Davis and his shopping list

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America begins announcing its award winners tonight with Rookie of the Year in both leagues. I can’t reveal my AL ballot until later this evening. Spoiler alert: The Orioles weren’t represented. The finalists are Houston’s Carlos Correa, Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor and Minnesota’s Miguel Sano. Keep in mind that ballots were turned in before the playoffs. Six Orioles have been chosen

Would the Orioles pursue a reunion with Nick Markakis?

In case you lost count, the Orioles are in the market for two outfielders this winter. Not just one. They would like to re-sign Gerardo Parra and plug him into right field, but it naturally depends on how many years and dollars he can milk from the market. Here’s a thought: What about Nick Markakis? His name came up yesterday during the “Wall to Wall

Caleb Joseph on Matt Wieters taking qualifying offer

As soon as word leaked that catcher Matt Wieters accepted the Orioles’ qualifying offer, fans wondered how it impacted Caleb Joseph and how he would react to it. Bitter? Concerned about his status on the roster? Worried about losing at-bats? Try none of the above. The same guy who appeared in 100 games this year and caught in 94 was thrilled to find out that

Dan Duquette on keeping Matt Wieters and how it impacts other moves

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette stated today that there’s still enough payroll flexibility to retain first baseman Chris Davis despite committing $15.8 million to catcher Matt Wieters, who accepted the qualifying offer. “I don’t think it impacts our desire or our ability to re-sign Chris Davis,” said Duquette, who’s in New York to watch third baseman Manny Machado receive his Gold Glove. “I will

Wieters: “I feel a lot of good things can come out of being back in Baltimore”

Though he understood the risks and took his time making the decision official, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said today that he always was leaning toward accepting the qualifying offer and staying in Baltimore. It’s just the right fit for Wieters and his family. Wieters will return to the Orioles on a $15.8 million contract as the second player to accept the qualifying offer. Astros outfielder

Matt Wieters accepts qualifying offer

Catcher Matt Wieters will return to the Orioles in 2016. Wieters has accepted the Orioles’ $15.8 million qualifying offer, according to a source, while first baseman Chris Davis and left-hander Wei-Yin Chen are assured of rejecting it. The club hasn’t confirmed it, but an announcement will come later today. The deadline is 5 p.m. Wieters was the uncertain one in the group. All three players

Showalter on Wieters, O’Day and more

The Orioles will find out later today whether catcher Matt Wieters has accepted or declined the $15.8 million qualifying offer. It’s the only drama attached to the 5 p.m. deadline. First baseman Chris Davis and left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will turn it down. They’re going to cash in big this winter and the Orioles are going to receive a compensatory draft pick if the duo signs

Chris Davis denied Silver Slugger Award

This hasn’t been a good week for first baseman Chris Davis. After being excluded as a finalist for the American League’s Most Valuable Player award, Davis lost out tonight to the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera for the Silver Slugger Award at first base. The announcement came on MLB Network, with Davis and third baseman Manny Machado failing to garner enough votes from managers and coaches. The

Duquette recaps GM meetings

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is headed home after the general managers meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., with no additions to the roster, but lots of conversations that he hopes will lead to future transactions this winter. In other words, it was the GM meetings. That’s usually how it works. “We met with several clubs to see where we might be compatible on the

Catching up on the catching situation

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette stated multiple times before the general managers meetings that he wanted to improve the club’s catching depth. It wasn’t the No. 1 priority, but he targeted it. The list of free agents is underwhelming beyond Matt Wieters, but the Orioles have reached out to Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s agent, according to multiple reports. The need increases dramatically if Wieters signs with

Machado denied Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award

Manny Machado was denied the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award at third base tonight, losing out to the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado. Machado and Arenado won Rawlings Gold Gloves last night. The Wilson Award, however, goes to only one player in the majors at each position. The winners are determined by statistics using sabermetrics. Managers and coaches vote for the Gold Glove. The Wilson

Dylan Bundy unlikely to start again in AFL (updated)

Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy isn’t expected to make another start in the final two weeks of the Arizona Fall League. Bundy was scratched from Monday’s start with stiffness in his right forearm and replaced by former Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia. The Orioles referred to him as “day to day,” but I’m told that he probably will be shut down and continue to

More on free agency and Manny Machado

Another day passed at the general managers meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. and the Orioles held the same shopping list. I won’t repeat it. You should have it memorized. The Orioles haven’t given up on their free agents. They remain in play for first baseman Chris Davis despite the potential cost. Are they the favorites? Most folks in the industry say “no,” but it’s not

Manny Machado: “People thought I wasn’t going to be the same”

Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson won 16 Gold Glove Awards at third base. Manny Machado won his second tonight. Machado has some serious catching up to do, but he’s on a nice pace with two awards in the last three seasons. And he just turned 23 in July. Robinson and Machado are the only Orioles third basemen to win multiple Gold Gloves. “Any time you’re

Orioles shut out in BBWAA awards

Leading the majors in home runs has its privileges, but it doesn’t guarantee hardware in the offseason. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is not a finalist for the American League Most Valuable Player award, the announcement coming tonight from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Third baseman Manny Machado also is excluded. Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson and Angels center

Matt Hobgood heads list of Orioles minor league free agents

The list of minor league free agents includes 33 players from the Orioles farm system. Former first-round pick Matt Hobgood is included in the group, which Baseball America published earlier today. Hobgood, whose career has been derailed by injuries, underwent surgery on July 6 to remove a bone spur from his right shoulder. He was 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA in six games at Double-A

Miguel Tejada interested in coaching position with Orioles (and other notes)

The first day of the general managers meetings concluded in Boca Raton, Fla., and nothing newsy developed with the Orioles. Again, that’s how it’s expected to be with a month remaining before the Winter Meetings in Nashville. It would go against the norm for executive vice president Dan Duquette to swing a major deal or sign a free agent this early in the process. But

Adam Jones wins Marvin Miller Man of the Year award (with quote)

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was recognized tonight for his work away from Camden Yards instead of his production at the plate and in the field. Jones has been named recipient of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, given annually to the player “who inspires others through his on-field performances and contributions to his community.” Jones finished ahead of Marlins second baseman Dee

Latest Hall of Fame ballot released today

Five former Orioles return to the latest Hall of Fame Ballot, which has been released today by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Mike Mussina, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Lee Smith and Sammy Sosa are included among the 32 candidates for election. Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., a 13-time All-Star who ranks sixth on the all-time home run list with 630, and closer Trevor Hoffman, who

This, that and the other

The general managers meetings start today in Boca Raton, Fla., and executive vice president Dan Duquette will try to lay the groundwork for future deals at next month’s Winter Meetings in Nashville. An acquisition this week would come as a surprise. Heck, it’s usually pretty quiet at the Winter Meetings except for the Rule 5 draft. As the Orioles search for an outfielder in the

Thoughts on Chris Davis’ price tag and more free agent musings

We hit on a variety of topics yesterday on “Wall to Wall Baseball” on MASN, including the Orioles’ qualifying offers to three of their free agents and speculation on the types of contracts they could receive. First baseman Chris Davis is lined up to get one of the most bloated deals this winter. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman predicted that Davis will receive $182 million over seven

Update on KBO first baseman Byung-ho Park

Major League Baseball still hasn’t learned the identity of the mystery team that posted the winning bid on Korean slugger Byung-ho Park. We just know that, as expected, the Orioles fell short. The Nexen Heroes announced yesterday that it accepted a $12.85 million bid. I heard this morning that the Orioles didn’t win the rights to negotiate exclusively with Park, which came as no surprise.

News and notes on qualifying offers and lots more

There were no surprises yesterday in the Orioles’ qualifying offers unless you took a really deep nap and missed the reports. And by deep, I mean waking up with a full beard and two upgrades on your iPhone. Chris Davis and Wei-Yin Chen were slam dunks to receive the offers, and Matt Wieters joined them in the days leading up to the deadline. Yesterday’s announcement

Orioles make qualifying offers to Davis, Wieters and Chen (plus C. Jones note)

The Orioles made the predicted moves today regarding their six pending free agents, sending qualifying offers to first baseman Chris Davis, catcher Matt Wieters and left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. They declined the offers to reliever Darren O’Day and infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce. Outfielder Gerardo Parra isn’t eligible because the Orioles acquired him in a trade during the season. Davis and Chen most certainly will decline the offers,

Dylan Bundy makes second start in AFL

Dylan Bundy, the Orioles’ top prospect, allowed one run and two hits in his one inning today for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. He threw 19 pitches, including 14 for strikes. Bundy’s fastball was 92-94 mph, according to the radar gun used on MLB Network. He also mixed in his slider, changeup and curveball. Surprise Saguaros leadoff hitter Charlie Tilson reached on

A little Rule 5 talk

The Winter Meetings are right around the corner, if it takes you a month to complete the turn. And if that’s the case, you may want to visit a cardiologist. I have the same feelings for the meetings as I do an open jar of unrefrigerated mayonnaise, but I’ll withhold the incessant whining until next month. Find a comfortable seat for it. The Rule 5

This, that and the other

The Orioles’ winter shopping list begins with a starting pitcher and includes a potential replacement for Chris Davis at first base, at least one outfielder and at least one reliever. It also includes catching depth, especially if Matt Wieters leaves as a free agent. Caleb Joseph most likely would inherit the starting job, though he’s an optionable piece on a roster that didn’t offer enough

Orioles don’t appear to be making much progress with O’Day

If you were hoping for a quick resolution to Darren O’Day’s pending free agency, you’re in for a huge disappointment. If you thought the Orioles might be able to re-sign O’Day before he hit the open market, see above. Pretty much everything is subject to change, but right now the two sides aren’t close to reaching agreement. I was told last night that “all is

Orioles add Phillies to exhibition schedule

The Orioles will play an exhibition game against the Phillies on April 1 at Citizens Bank Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Their final Grapefruit League game is March 31 against the Braves in Sarasota, Fla. They will squeeze in the exhibition against the Phillies, a day off and a workout at Camden Yards before opening the 2016 season on April 4 against

Dylan Bundy: “My arm felt good, so that’s always positive” (plus other notes)

Dylan Bundy came out of yesterday’s Arizona Fall League start feeling good about the condition of his right arm, his velocity and his overall performance. Bundy said he threw six fastballs among his seven pitches while retiring the Mesa Solar Sox in order in the first inning. His strikeout came on a slider in the dirt. “It was only seven pitches, so it was kind

Dylan Bundy breezes through AFL debut (updated again)

Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy retired the side in order in his only inning today for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. Bundy needed only seven pitches to dispose of the Mesa Solar Sox. He threw five strikes. Bundy, 22, induced a fly ball to center field by Chad Hinshaw, struck out Daniel Robinson on four pitches and induced a fly ball

Orioles reinstate Dylan Bundy from 60-day disabled list

The Orioles have reinstated pitcher Dylan Bundy from the 60-day disabled list as he prepares for today’s start in the Arizona Fall League. Bundy, 22, has been added to the Peoria Javelinas roster and is in Mesa to face the Solar Sox. He’s taking the roster spot vacated by pitcher Jon Keller, who’s sidelined with a sore oblique muscle. Bundy flew to Arizona last Monday

Could Orioles make a run at Daniel Murphy?

Pitching and defense still win championships, and you can add speed and smart baserunning as the other valuable components. The Royals taught the Mets a valuable lesson in the World Series, winning the title in five games. I picked them to do it in six. The zombie analogy still holds. You can’t kill the Royals. They didn’t just get hot at the right time. Love

Can Walker and Mancini coexist in Norfolk?

Jonathan Schoop would have made that play last night. Just saying ... It’s way too early for Orioles fans to project starters at each position, with the free agent market still closed and lingering uncertainty over Chris Davis’ status for the 2016 season. However, it’s October and it’s fairly quiet in Baltimore and why not? Adam Jones will patrol center field, Manny Machado will handle

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