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More on Orioles’ interest in Denard Span

With the Orioles in the market for another left-handed bat and searching for one more outfielder, it’s natural to link them to Denard Span as we approach 2016. Span also would fill their need for a leadoff hitter, allowing them to lower Manny Machado in the order. They place a great deal of emphasis on defense, and Span isn’t suited for New Year’s Eve celebrations

Scott Kazmir no longer an option for Orioles

Left-hander Scott Kazmir is off the board, and he’s not on the Orioles’ 40-man roster. The Dodgers announced today that they’ve signed Kazmir to a three-year deal. Various reports have the total value at $48 million, and the contract includes an opt-out clause after the first year. Maybe the Orioles will get another shot at him next winter. The Orioles apparently were willing to go

Notes on Cespedes, Kim, Davis and ballparks

If the Orioles really are a finalist for free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, his price tag must be plummeting. I checked around yesterday and didn’t get the sense that the Orioles are remotely close to a deal. I’m told by one source that a contract proposal hasn’t even been presented to ownership. They most certainly aren’t going to pay Cespedes $140 million, which MLBTradeRumors.com predicted

Orioles executive Ned Rice accepts job with Phillies (updated)

The Orioles learned today that they’re losing a key member of their front office. Ned Rice, the club’s director of major league administration, has accepted a position in the Phillies’ front office, according to multiple sources. He will be reunited with Andy MacPhail, president of baseball operations, and Matt Klentak, named general manager in late October. The Phillies also employ former Orioles executives Scott Proefrock

Paul Janish is returning to Orioles on minor league deal

The Orioles have reached agreement with infielder Paul Janish on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training, bringing back the defensive specialist who made a favorable impression this summer. Janish was non-tendered on Dec. 3, but the Orioles wanted to keep him in the organization. I’ve heard from multiple people that a deal is in place. There may be some paperwork

Givens not assuming he’s in bullpen in 2016

Dominant bullpens are all the rage. Load up the back end and hope your starters can work into the sixth inning. The Yankees are taking that path with yesterday’s trade for Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, who joins left-hander Andrew Miller and right-hander Dellin Betances. They could deal Miller, but general manager Brian Cashman told reporters yesterday that the plan calls for a three-headed relief monster,

Christian Walker staying in shape and sizing up his chances with Orioles

While the rest of us are gorging on holiday treats and digging out our stretchy pants from the bottom of the closet, first baseman Christian Walker is probably counting his calories along with his blessings. Walker, 24, showed up at FanFest declaring himself to be in the best shape of his life, a statement normally reserved for the first few days of spring training. He’s

Remembering a friend, colleague and mentor

My introduction to Joe Strauss came in 1997 on the workout day before the Orioles’ opener at Camden Yards. We joined the beat at The Baltimore Sun around the same time - Strauss coming from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, me moving up from the small colleges. Joe extended his hand and praised my work from my first spring training, saying he never would have known that

Leftovers for breakfast

As we move closer to 2016, the Orioles still aren’t sure who’s batting leadoff for them on opening day, a game that marks the major league debuts of Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim and first baseman Byung Ho Park. How convenient that the Twins visit Camden Yards for the first series. Manny Machado hit atop the order in 111 games this year, but the Orioles

The “Vanimal” wants to attack hitters in Orioles’ rotation

Vance Worley said he’s just looking for a fresh start. I guess he’s keeping the hairstyle, black-rimmed glasses and funny nickname. Worley is a bit of a character. We don’t know yet whether he’s going to be part of the rotation or bullpen. His status could be determined by other moves made before pitchers and catchers report to spring training. The Orioles claimed Worley off

Who’s the next left-handed hitter coming to the Orioles?

Merry Christmas to everyone who observes the holiday. I hope your stockings are stuffed, your chestnuts are roasted, your lights are blinking only if you want them to and your credit card bill is lost in the mail. The Orioles shopped early and picked up Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim. No assembly required, though I started to wonder as the days passed without any word

‘Tis the season for non-update updates

Santa Claus arrived early today, which leaves me perplexed. I don’t have a chimney and I haven’t left the house all day. How did this happen? Note to the bearded one: Don’t scarf all the Double Stuf Oreos, especially after going into the pantry to get them. If they’re not on a plate in the living room next to a glass of milk, they’re not

Miguel Gonzalez says he’s healthy and ready to put the 2015 season behind him

Isn’t it nice to wake up and not wonder if the Orioles will announce the Hyun Soo Kim signing or whether he failed the physical or whether his name is spelled correctly? We’re told to lose the hyphen and capitalize the “S” in Soo. Who am I to argue? Kim never was in real danger of failing his physical, though I understand why some of

Orioles lose pitcher Tim Berry on waiver claim

The Orioles reduced their 40-man roster to 39 players by exposing left-hander Tim Berry to waivers and losing him on a claim by the Marlins. In the blink of an eye, the Orioles learned today that they surrendered Berry to the Marlins, infielder Rey Navarro to the Angels and left-hander Edgar Olmos to the Cubs. I erroneously tweeted this afternoon that the Marlins claimed Olmos

Hyun Soo Kim and Dan Duquette talk about today’s signing

The Orioles created space for outfielder Hyun Soo Kim on their 40-man roster by designating pitcher Edgar Olmos for assignment, and the Cubs claimed the left-hander off waivers. The Orioles claimed Olmos from the Cubs on Dec. 10, another example of baseball’s circle of life. Kim will wear No. 25 for the Orioles, in case you want to pick up a jersey. He pronounces his

Outfielder Hyun Soo Kim passes physical to finalize two-year deal

The Orioles’ deal with Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim became official today after he passed a physical and signed his new contract. We finally have Kim closure. Kim will receive $7 million divided evenly over the next two seasons as the latest international signing under executive vice president Dan Duquette. The Orioles wanted to introduce Kim to the media in a press conference at Camden

Orioles still in arms race as holidays approach

In order to simplify things during the hot stove season, please allow me to introduce myself as the guy who constantly reminds everyone that the Orioles have reached out to or checked in on pretty much every second- and third-tier pitcher on the market. Anyone in need of a bounceback season due to injury or throwing like crap. You can just insert a different name

Struggling to fill gaps in the lineup and pitching staff

It was a slow news day yesterday when the final blog entry pertained to outfielder Xavier Avery. I’m fine with the signing because it brings an element of speed into the organization and it’s a minor league deal. The Orioles need to fill out the roster at Triple-A Norfolk and there’s nothing wrong with taking a look at him in spring training. It just isn’t

Orioles sign Xavier Avery to minor league deal

The Orioles continue seeking ways to improve their organizational depth while also planning a reunion of sorts. A club official confirmed today that the Orioles signed outfielder Xavier Avery to a minor league contract. It’s assumed that the deal includes an invitation to spring training. Avery was a second-round pick by the Orioles in the 2008 draft, one spot before they selected L.J. Hoes. Both

Leftovers for breakfast (updated)

Is today the day that the Orioles announce the Hyun-soo Kim signing? I’m no longer making predictions on news releases and conference calls, but I’m expecting the two-year deal to become official today. I’ve been rearranging my schedule since Friday in anticipation. Who needs Christmas presents anyway? And those holiday parties are vastly overrated. Kim was supposed to fly back to Korea early this week.

Wallace on Tillman, Gonzalez, Gausman and more

No matter what the Orioles do with their rotation, whether it’s tapping into the trade or free agent markets, they’re highly dependent on bounceback seasons from Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez and a major leap forward by Kevin Gausman. While meeting with reporters last weekend at FanFest, pitching coach Dave Wallace tried to explain the drop off in effectiveness from Tillman and Gonzalez. He tried

More on Orioles’ interest in Gallardo and Kazmir

While wondering if the Nationals will try to block Jonathan Papelbon from their spring training facility ... Michael Cuddyer is following me on Twitter. Is that just random or should I read anything into it? Hyun-soo Kim’s two-year deal with the Orioles may become official later today, though it could take until Monday morning. The press conference that follows will offer the media a chance

Blue Jays claim Junior Lake off waivers

At least for now, outfielder Junior Lake will stay in the American League East. The Blue Jays have claimed Lake off waivers from the Orioles, who designated him for assignment on Dec. 10. An Orioles official confirmed the transaction, which was reported by 670thescore.com. Lake appeared in eight games with the Orioles and went 3-for-22 with three doubles and two runs scored. He batted .224/.274/.345

Orioles and Boras continue talks regarding Davis

Outfielder Hyun-soo Kim is scheduled to complete his physical this morning and the Orioles could announce his signing later today. As usual, it depends on how quickly they gather the results. But there don’t appear to be any glitches or concerns up to this point. The process shouldn’t drag out as it did for reliever Darren O’Day, who attended a press conference eight days after

Notes on Chen, Davis and the spring training schedule

As the free agent market opened for business following the World Series, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen was projected by various outlets to land a contract covering a minimum of four years. The Orioles never were considered serious players for him, in large part because they figured he could squeeze a fifth year out of a team. I’ve heard that Chen’s representative, Scott Boras, is seeking a

Wondering what’s next for Orioles after Kim agreement

With the Orioles reaching an agreement yesterday on a two-year, $7 million contract with Hyun-soo Kim, the next question is how the signing will impact other moves. I’ll get the first concern out of the way. The Orioles aren’t tapped out. Committing $7 million to Kim, who turns 28 in January, leaves plenty of cash for another hitter and a starting pitcher. First baseman Chris

Orioles reach agreement with Hyun-soo Kim

The Orioles’ search for a left-handed hitting outfielder has led them to Hyun-soo Kim, who agreed to terms on a two-year contract and is headed to Baltimore, according to an industry source. The deal is worth $7 million, according to the source, and it’s pending the completion of a physical that will take place late Thursday and Friday. Multiple reports out of Korea had Kim

Duquette on Davis, extensions and pitching

So what exactly do we know about the Orioles’ negotiations with first baseman Chris Davis? I reported at the Winter Meetings that they made an offer in the neighborhood of $150 million, which included deferred money. The deal covered seven years. It never was adjusted after the initial round of rejections by agent Scott Boras. And there’s no opt-out clause, because the Orioles are strictly

Orioles on right path but with many more steps to take

Another day in the Hot Stove League brought more rumors, conflicting reports and a reheated leftover on the Orioles’ interest in free agent outfielder Denard Span. The Orioles have been eyeing Span for months. They just need assurances that he’s healthy and durable enough to last through the 2016 season. If I have to recite their shopping list one more time, I may experience a

Darren O’Day: “They wanted me back and I wanted to come back”

Reliever Darren O’Day came close to accepting an offer from the Nationals before the Orioles included a fourth guaranteed year. But you already knew it. O’Day also considered his relationship with manager Buck Showalter and how relievers in this organization are handled with care. But you already knew it. There wasn’t much in the way of news at today’s press conference in the auxiliary clubhouse

Notes and quotes from today’s press conference

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said today that nothing has changed since Saturday regarding free agent first baseman Chris Davis. Duquette was responding to a question posed to him during the press conference for reliever Darren O’Day, who, I’m happy to report, had no problem buttoning his orange No. 56 jersey. Manager Buck Showalter also attended today’s press conference before returning to his Dallas

Caleb Joseph on Matt Wieters’ return and more

The Darren O’Day signing didn’t become official until last night, but at least it happened. For a while there, I thought it was going to make a nice stocking stuffer. At least we already know that Matt Wieters accepted the $15.8 million qualifying offer. There’s no turning back and no animosity coming from his backup. Caleb Joseph wanted Wieters to stay with the Orioles and

O’Day deal is official

The Orioles’ deal with reliever Darren O’Day finally is official. O’Day has passed his physical and signed a four-year, $31 million contract that includes $4 million in deferred payments and a limited no-trade clause. The sides reached agreement on the deal last Monday, but a few more details needed to be worked out and a physical needed to be set up. The Orioles were willing

J.J. Hardy’s left shoulder is “good, strong” as he tries to rediscover power stroke

Brian Matusz, Dylan Bundy and J.J. Hardy offered up positive reports on their health during Saturday’s FanFest at the Convention Center. I’ve passed along quotes from the two pitchers. Now, it’s Hardy’s turn. Hardy, 33, was hindered by an injury to his left shoulder that he sustained in an exhibition game. It took away his power, as Hardy was forced to “protect” the shoulder by

Brach on O’Day: “Darren’s leadership is second to none”

There’s a pretty good chance today that the Orioles will announce their four-year deal with reliever Darren O’Day. Do it quick before he checks Twitter. O’Day agreed to terms last Monday. He took and passed his physical. I believe there was an insurance issue that needed to be worked out. This is one of the more complicated deals with its deferred money and partial no-trade

Reheating a few FanFest leftovers

The Winter Meetings are over. FanFest is over. I’m just sitting here crossing items off my list. The biggest news to come out of the Convention Center involved first baseman Chris Davis. He didn’t emerge from behind a curtain, arms raised in the air, dollar bills stuffed in his pockets. Executive vice president Dan Duquette stated quite clearly that the Orioles’ offer no longer was

Matt Wieters on accepting the qualifying offer and more

Todays’ FanFest at the Convention Center attracted a crowd that eclipsed 11,500, according to a team official. I’ll be dispensing quotes over the next few days, but here’s a portion of Matt Wieters’ interview, which leaned hard on his decision to take the $15.8 million qualifying offer. “If you asked me going into the offseason, I always hoped to be back and didn’t know what

Hearing from Buck Showalter at FanFest

Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t keeping close tabs on Chris Davis or his negotiations. He can’t escape the questions, but he won’t be consumed by them. “I don’t dwell on it. I don’t spend much time on it. I really don’t,” he said at today’s FanFest. “We have been and will be competitive to a point. They’ve got to make a decision, how much is

Adam Jones on roster moves and Chris Davis offer: “It shows that the team cares”

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones made it clear to ownership and executive vice president Dan Duquette that the club needed to be more aggressive in keeping its core together. He sees the players retained and the offer made to Chris Davis, and he’s confident that the message has been received. “By what they’re doing right now, offering seven years and north of $150 (million), I

Duquette says there’s “no offer on the table right now” for Davis

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed today at FanFest that the club has pulled its offer to first baseman Chris Davis. Meeting with reporters on the third level of the Convention Center, Duquette indicated that an agreement remains a possibility and that negotiations could resume again later. However, he also spoke of the depth at first base within the organization and how the Orioles

A few early notes from FanFest

Orioles manager Buck Showalter received a standing ovation from season-ticket holders this morning before his Q&A with executive vice president Dan Duquette. Here are a few nuggets from the session: * Reliever Darren O’Day isn’t here, but the club is close to announcing his four-year deal. It should happen on Monday. Manny Machado also isn’t here, which Showalter noted after a fan asked about the

Finding storylines for today’s FanFest

Show of hands if you’re attending FanFest today at the Convention Center. Closer Zach Britton is unable to make it due to a snowstorm in Nevada that closed a major highway and prevented him from getting a flight out of there. The Orioles instead will have Britton do some “interactive” stuff and the Orioles were working late last night on the necessary adjustments to the

Quick update on Darren O’Day

If you’re waiting for the Orioles to confirm the Darren O’Day signing today, you probably should enjoy the nice weather and formulate your dinner plans. I’m hearing that the club isn’t expected to make an announcement today, so it’s more likely to happen at Saturday’s FanFest at the Convention Center. Plan accordingly. O’Day passed his physical and signed his four-year, $31 million contract, which includes

Orioles back home and still trying to do business

The Winter Meetings are being held in suburban Washington D.C., next year. If I’m still on the beat and haven’t gone completely insane, it will be nice to hop in my car after the Rule 5 draft and walk through my front door in about an hour. I might volunteer to drop off the new player at Camden Yards, though it’s out of my way.

Orioles claim left-hander Edgar Olmos off waivers

NASHVILLE - The Orioles made a move today as their front office returned to Baltimore, claiming left-hander Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Cubs and designating outfielder Junior Lake for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster. Olmos, 25, went 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 20 games (two starts) with Triple-A Tacoma. He also pitched in six games (two starts)

Dan Duquette: “Sometimes you need patience and sometimes you’ve got to move”

NASHVILLE - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette will board his flight home today with a Rule 5 pick and optimism that more players will be added in the coming days. Duquette isn’t done after choosing outfielder Joey Rickard from the Rays in the Rule 5. “I always like to try to get the core of the team before Christmas, but it doesn’t always work

Orioles select Joey Rickard in Rule 5 draft (updated)

NASHVILLE - The Orioles chose outfielder Joey Rickard from the Tampa Bay Rays organization in today’s Rule 5 draft at the Winter Meetings. Rickard, 24, batted a combined .321/.427/.447 with 28 doubles, eight triples, two home runs, 55 RBIs and 23 stolen bases at three levels of the Rays system, including Triple-A Durham. He hit .360/.437/.472 with six doubles, two triples and 11 RBIs in

Day 4 of the Winter Meetings

NASHVILLE - Welcome to the final day of the 2015 Winter Meetings. We’ve reached the Rule 5 draft, followed by the stampede of executives and reporters to the airport. Try not to get in the way. I’m staying later because of my dedication. Or because I whiffed on the 1:30 p.m. flight and don’t want to pay the cost of changing my reservation. What’s a

Orioles holding firm on offer to Chris Davis

NASHVILLE - The Orioles held another round of negotiations with agent Scott Boras today, but the conversation took place via a phone call and involved managing partner Peter Angelos. According to two industry sources, Angelos and Boras spoke again while trying to strike a deal with first baseman Chris Davis. They met in person before the Winter Meetings and were in contact again today while

A few notes and quotes from Dan Duquette

NASHVILLE - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette didn’t meet today with agent Scott Boras and no more progress has been made in trying to reach agreement with first baseman Chris Davis. Duquette said he believes the club’s relationship with Boras “is fine” and he’s not conceding that a deal won’t get done before team executives head home on Thursday afternoon. “I don’t know,” Duquette

Boras doesn’t think Orioles have drawn “any lines in the sand” in Davis talks

NASHVILLE - According to agent Scott Boras, there is nothing “immediate” in regard to first baseman Chris Davis’ contract negotiations. Talks continue as the Orioles’ patience is tested. Boras has more meetings planned for tonight with unidentified teams, but an agreement with Davis isn’t anticipated. “I’ve been in talks with a number of teams and, as with most Winter Meeting dynamics, you’re kind of moving

Darren O’Day takes physical (and other notes)

NASHVILLE - Reliever Darren O’Day has taken his physical after agreeing to terms with the Orioles on a four-year, $31 million contract. There don’t appear to be any issues with the results and it’s possible that an announcement could come by FanFest, which is being held Saturday at the Convention Center. O’Day agreed to terms on Monday after denying via Twitter the previous day that

The latest from the lobby

NASHVILLE - Chris Davis still hasn’t made a decision. Continue to breathe normally. ESPN’s Buster Olney confirmed what I tweeted last night about the Orioles’ offer being around $150 million. Olney said the deal covers seven years. I was told it’s a little more than $20 million per year, which adds up. However, I also heard about deferred money, which complicates it. Executive vice president

More on Orioles’ offer to Chris Davis and leftovers for breakfast

NASHVILLE - Breakfast for me at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center has consisted of egg sandwiches and lattes at Starbucks. I ordered egg whites and turkey bacon on the second day to give the illusion of being healthy. Manager Buck Showalter will speak to reporters this afternoon after the annual reception and luncheon, when the beat crew dines with him at a circular

Dan Duquette discusses attempts to make deals and much more

NASHVILLE - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette focused mostly on the free agent market today while searching for a left-handed bat and the trade market while searching for starting pitchers. With the cost of arms these days, the Orioles are hoping to fill a hole in the rotation and improve their depth by dealing with other clubs. Of course, the challenge is finding a

Brady Anderson talks about his contribution to MLB auction

NASHVILLE - Orioles vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson wears many hats in the organization, and one of his most important roles involves setting up workout programs and training players in the organization. Now it’s your turn. The Orioles have donated three items to Major League Baseball’s online auction to raise money in the continuing fight against cancer. The auction is live on MLB.com

Duquette on today’s meeting with Boras (and other notes)

NASHVILLE - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette met today with agent Scott Boras and said the discussion centered mostly on first baseman Chris Davis. However, he reminded the media that the Orioles are searching for left-handed bats, suggesting that they also talked about Pedro Alvarez and perhaps Denard Span. It doesn’t appear that the Orioles made much progress regarding Davis. Duquette said the club

Orioles return Dave Anderson to organization (and other notes)

NASHVILLE - The Orioles officially brought back Dave Anderson to the organization, hiring him for his old job as minor league infield coordinator. Anderson, the former Dodgers infielder, managed the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake over the summer. He expressed interest in returning to the Orioles after a one-year absence and they were happy to oblige. Kevin Bradshaw, hired by the Orioles as Anderson’s

Orioles meeting today with agent Scott Boras

NASHVILLE - Providing further proof that they haven’t surrendered hope of re-signing first baseman Chris Davis, the Orioles are meeting today with agent Scott Boras at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Multiple people have confirmed the meeting, and Davis won’t be the lone topic of conversation. Boras also represents Pedro Alvarez, who was non-tendered by the Pirates and intrigues the Orioles as a

Orioles return focus to Chris Davis after retaining Darren O’Day

NASHVILLE - You may not agree with every move made by the Orioles, but you can’t deny that they’ve been busier than the previous offseason. You also may find comfort in knowing that they’re not done. They’re determined to get a left-handed hitting outfielder via trade or free agency. They’re determined to find another starting pitcher - a trade now seems more probable than a

Orioles reach agreement with Darren O’Day on four-year deal

NASHVILLE - The Orioles have their agreement with reliever Darren O’Day and it’s indisputable. According to a source, O’Day will sign his four-year, $31 million deal after taking a physical later this week. The paperwork has been turned in and the back end of the Orioles’ bullpen just got stronger. A few details had to be worked out before the agreement became official. Earlier today,

Orioles closer to finalizing O’Day deal (plus other notes)

NASHVILLE - The Orioles appear confident that they will reach an official agreement with reliever Darren O’Day within the new few days. Executive vice president Dan Duquette said talks are “progressing” as the final details are hammered out and a physical is arranged. The Orioles intend to sign O’Day to a four-year deal worth $31 million, assuming that nothing has changed in that part of

Cal Ripken Jr. named MLB youth programs advisor (updated with quotes)

NASHVILLE - Cal Ripken Jr. has been named the new senior advisor to the commissioner on youth programs and outreach. Commissioner Rob Manfred will make the announcement later this afternoon at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Ripken stays busy with his youth baseball complex, ownership of the Aberdeen IronBirds, analyst duties with TBS, overseeing the charitable foundation named after his late father and

Neil Walker still on Orioles’ radar

NASHVILLE - The Orioles’ pursuit of a left-handed bat and a desire to improve their on-base percentage could lead them back to Neil Walker. Executive vice president Dan Duquette talked to the Pirates about Walker at last month’s general managers meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. With the Orioles still unsure about Chris Davis, they maintain interest in Walker as a switch-hitting utility-type player who could

The latest buzz on Chris Davis (and more)

NASHVILLE - The Orioles arrived at the Winter Meetings yesterday still trying to gauge the market for first baseman Chris Davis. Does it exist? If so, let’s hear about the teams and the potential dollars. Don’t hold back. I’m not talking about the inevitable mystery team, which won’t surface until much later if Davis remains unsigned. Are the Cardinals still one of the favorites to

Dan Duquette on Darren O’Day, a left-handed bat and starter, and more

NASHVILLE - Does stirring up the industry two straight years on the day before the official start of the Winter Meetings actually constitute a streak? Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette isn’t being courted by the Blue Jays this year, but he has to address the confusion over an apparent agreement with reliever Darren O’Day on a four-year, $31 million contract. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney is

Quick hits from media session with Dan Duquette

NASHVILLE - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette didn’t wait for the inevitable questions about Darren O’Day. Before anyone from the media could chime in while gathering in his suite at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, he stated that “there’s more work to do” regarding an agreement with the free agent reliever. Duquette said there’s no “news item” today related to O’Day and

Orioles reach agreement with O’Day on four-year deal (updated)

I’m about 30 minutes away from boarding my flight to Nashville and we already have Orioles news. A team source confirmed this morning that the Orioles reached agreement with reliever Darren O’Day on a four-year deal “pending a medical review.” The decision came down to the Orioles and Nationals, who reportedly were hesitant to offer a fourth year. CBSSports.com is reporting that O’Day will receive

Whining in a Winter Meetings land

The day has arrived. The Winter Meetings officially begin on Monday, but I’m boarding a flight this morning for Nashville. Get used to the dateline because you’re going to see plenty of it until I return home Thursday night. Executive vice president Dan Duquette is expected to meet with the local media crew later today - if we can locate the elevators that take us

More leftovers for breakfast

The Winter Meetings officially start in two days. I officially start packing a suitcase later this afternoon. My bitterness may not fit in the overhead compartment. Reliever Darren O’Day remains on the free agent market this morning. I checked again late last night and nothing seemed to change on the Orioles’ end of it. They’re hoping that their offer is good enough while also banking

Orioles release FanFest autograph schedule

While the Orioles work on crafting their roster for opening day, they’re also finalizing plans for the Dec. 12 FanFest at the Convention Center. The latest update involves the autograph stations, which include former Orioles Melvin Mora, Scott McGregor, Mike Boddicker, Ken Singleton, Chris Hoiles, Larry Sheets, Ross Grimsley, Tippy Martinez and Larry Bigbie. The group also includes Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, vice president

Darren O’Day nearing decision

One year after the Orioles lost left-hander Andrew Miller in free agency, another huge hole could be punched in their bullpen. Will they go down swinging? Right-hander Darren O’Day remains on the market, but it shouldn’t be much longer. The Nationals continue to be viewed as the favorites to sign him, and that includes some people within the Orioles organization. The Orioles have an offer

Leftovers for breakfast

The Orioles non-tendered infielder Paul Janish prior to Wednesday night’s deadline, but they would like to re-sign him to a minor league deal. Janish is highly regarded for his defense and approach to the game. I’ll repeat that I expected him to stay on the 40-man roster and he certainly has his share of supporters in the organization. The pitchers at Triple-A Norfolk benefited from

Dan Duquette: “Everybody knows we’re trying to sign Chris Davis”

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette repeated tonight that the Orioles are continuing their attempts to re-sign first baseman Chris Davis despite yesterday’s acquisition of Mark Trumbo from the Mariners. “Everybody knows we’re trying to sign Chris Davis,” Duquette said during the “Hot Stove Show” on 105.7 The Fan. “We like Chris Davis. He’s done some great work for us, and of course, our fans

Recapping the roster madness

My head stopped spinning long enough this morning for me to catch a couple of hours of sleep. So much for a lull in the offseason. It was more like lull-a bye. (See what I did there?) The Orioles announced their trade with the Mariners and set up a conference call with executive vice president Dan Duquette and first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo. They traded for

Orioles non-tender Lough and settle with Reimold

The Orioles non-tendered outfielder David Lough tonight, allowing the outfielder to become a free agent. They settled with outfielder Nolan Reimold on a contract for the 2016 season. Reimold will receive $1.3 million if he makes the opening day roster, according to sources. He joined pitcher Vance Worley as the two arbitration-eligible players who settled tonight. Reimold, 32, batted .247/.344/.394 with five doubles, a triple,

Orioles acquire catcher Francisco Pena from Royals

The Orioles aren’t done making moves tonight. On the same day that they traded catcher Steve Clevenger, they acquired catcher Francisco Pena from the Royals for cash considerations. Needing more room on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated infielder Paul Janish for assignment. Janish was told earlier today that he would be non-tendered. Pena, 26, batted .251/.305/.430 with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs in

Hearing from Johnson, Clevenger, Trumbo and Duquette

Baltimore native Steve Johnson was braced for the possibility that he would be designated for assignment this offseason, so he took the news in stride today after the Orioles removed him from the 40-man roster. “I don’t want to say I was too surprised,” said Johnson, the St. Paul’s graduate who was designated to create a spot for left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser. “I kind of understood

Orioles will non-tender Paul Janish (plus quotes off today’s trade)

The Orioles will non-tender infielder Paul Janish, according to a source, leaving their 40-man roster at 39 players with more subtractions possible later tonight. Janish, 33, batted .286/.278/.371 with three doubles and three RBIs in 14 games after the Orioles selected his contract on Aug. 25. He signed a minor league deal on Nov. 20, 2014. The Orioles value Janish’s defense and would like to

Orioles designate Steve Johnson for assignment

The Orioles have removed two Baltimore natives from their 40-man roster. The trade with Seattle is official. The Orioles sent catcher Steve Clevenger to the Mariners for first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo and left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser. To make room for Riefenhauser on the 40-man roster, the Orioles have designated St. Paul’s graduate Steve Johnson for assignment. “Trumbo is a proven major league run producer who will

Updating the trade, plus notes on Wilkins and FanFest

The Orioles will receive left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser from the Mariners to complete the trade involving Mark Trumbo and Steve Clevenger, with a source confirming reports. The deal still isn’t official, but the day is young. Riefenhauser, 25, is 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA in 24 games with the Rays over parts of two seasons. He appeared in 17 games this season and allowed 10 runs

Orioles sign Vance Worley for 2016

Though the Orioles still haven’t announced their trade with the Mariners, they’re taking care of other business. Pitcher Vance Worley avoided arbitration today as the Orioles’ first eligible player to receive a contract, agreeing to $2.6 million for the 2016 season. He made $2.450 million this year. The Orioles claimed Worley, 28, off waivers from the Pirates on Oct. 20. It’s too early to define

More on the pitching market and Mark Trumbo

The pitching dominoes are falling fast and the Winter Meetings don’t officially begin until Monday. You just knew teams would act aggressively once J.A. Happ came off the board. But seriously ... Jordan Zimmermann signs a five-year, $110 million contract with the Tigers and a day later is accused of settling too fast. He’s a filthy-rich bargain compared to David Price, who agreed yesterday to

Orioles trade Clevenger to Mariners for Trumbo

The Orioles are drawing closer to a deal that would send catcher Steve Clevenger to the Mariners for first baseman Mark Trumbo, according to a source. The two teams also were engaged in trade talks at the non-waiver deadline in July. However, the Orioles weren’t willing to part with Clevenger, according to another source. Clevenger is out of options and became more expendable after Matt

Duquette on non-tender deadline and O’Day (plus note on Trumbo)

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said he hopes to make a final decision on his arbitration-eligible players by Wednesday afternoon, well in advance of the 11:59 p.m. deadline for tendering contracts. The process has been known to drag out, with former closer Jim Johnson traded to the Athletics minutes before the deadline in 2013. However, it may not take as long this year. The

Nearing the non-tender deadline

Before executive vice president Dan Duquette, manager Buck Showalter and the rest of the Orioles contingent gather in Nashville next week for the Winter Meetings, decisions must be made regarding the contract statuses of their 11 arbitration-eligible players. Here comes another way to clear a spot or two on the 40-man roster. The Orioles must tender contracts by the 11:59 p.m. deadline on Wednesday night.

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