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Wrapping up the 11th day of workouts

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman underwent an MRI yesterday to check for a sports hernia and the Orioles got the desired results. The issue isn’t that serious. “They said the report back was good,” said manager Buck Showalter. Tillman reported this morning that his hip felt much better. He’s scheduled to pitch Saturday in a split-squad game, but is more likely to be held back

Notes and videos from today’s workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are completing their latest workout today, with exhibition games starting on Tuesday. Manager Buck Showalter ran a popup drill on the main field that included crowd noise piped through the sound system. Same as last spring. Hopefully, the neighbors won’t complain again. Chaz Roe threw a bullpen session. His left knee must be fine. Other pitchers throwing today included Zach

Mike Wright on starting the first exhibition game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis passed through the press workroom this morning and was subjected to the traditional media selfie. Our latest victim. The annual nutrition meeting is being held this morning inside the Orioles clubhouse. Players are reminded not to chug bacon fat. I’ll always appreciate the year that one player brought in a box of donuts for the occasion. Mike Wright wants to

Tillman reports improvement in hip injury

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman described his injury this morning as a “hip flexor,” but added that it feels much better today and he doesn’t anticipate it building into anything serious. Tillman didn’t pitch yesterday because of the discomfort that first surfaced on Thursday. “Felt much better today,” he said. “Just want to be careful with it. We want to stay ahead of it and

Hyun Soo Kim easing into his new surroundings

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman will begin his morning by explaining the nature of an injury that prevented him from starting yesterday’s intrasquad game. Judging by manager Buck Showalter’s description, it appears that Tillman is bothered by a sore groin muscle. The Orioles naturally are being careful with him and will set up an MRI later this week if there’s no improvement. It’s way too

Wrapping up the 10th day of workouts

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter tried to provide some clarity to the Chris Tillman injury that kept the right-hander out of today’s intrasquad game at Ed Smith Stadium. We know it’s a core muscle injury and it’s serious enough that he didn’t pitch today and won’t work out on Monday. However, Showalter also noted that the team is being cautious and no MRI

Chris Tillman unavailable due to core muscle injury (plus other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman didn’t start today’s intrasquad game due to a “core muscle injury” that’s bothered him for the past several days. Tillman remained sore this morning and the Orioles held him out of the game as a precaution. He won’t undergo an MRI unless there’s no improvement later this week. Manager Buck Showalter said the club is still evaluating the injury, which

Orioles intrasquad lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles posted their lineups for today’s intrasquad game. Don’t read too much into them. Chris Davis is leading off for the home team. Matt Wieters is batting ninth. This isn’t a preview of opening day, but it should be fun. At least we’re spared the monotony of pitchers fielding practice and bullpen sessions. Mark Trumbo is playing right field for the

Another intrasquad game, Tony Clark leftover and missing Monica

SARASOTA, Fla. - Today’s intrasquad game on the main stadium field will run seven innings. Six pitchers are listed for each side. Doing the math, two guys would have to throw multiple innings, which I don’t anticipate. The alternatives, of course, are to add two more pitchers or slice off an inning. Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Jason Garcia, Brad Brach, Todd Redmond and Cesar Cabral

Wrapping up the ninth day of workouts

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter still is deciding between Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson as Tuesday’s starter in the first exhibition game against the Braves in Lake Buena Vista. They’re both going to pitch. Yovani Gallardo threw his fastball, breaking ball and changeup in today’s bullpen session. “He felt good,” Showalter said. “He’s going to take two days off and do it again.” The

Instrasquad game ends in scoreless tie

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles played five scoreless innings today in their intrasquad game, the only hit an infield single by Ryan Flaherty. Flaherty sent a sharp ground ball up the middle that slammed off reliever Chaz Roe’s foot. He also walked in two plate appearances. Henry Urrutia walked twice for the home team. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard struck out twice, reached on an

Union head Tony Clark visits camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Players Association leader Tony Clark is making the rounds again this spring, his latest stop coming this morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. He’s headed to Bradenton later today to address the Pirates. The collective bargaining agreement ends on Dec. 1, which places greater importance on Clark’s visits. Hot topics this morning included the qualifying offer, which players want to see

What’s going on today

SARASOTA, Fla. - Let’s sort of play ball. We’ve reached the point in spring training when the Orioles will hold intrasquad games over the next two days. It’s a controlled environment, with strict pitch counts and rules that are looser than my pants on Thanksgiving. Manager Buck Showalter can order the stoppage of innings, no matter the number of outs, or he can instruct his

Wrapping up the eighth day of workouts

SARASOTA, Fla. - Yovani Gallardo will throw his first bullpen session with the Orioles on Saturday. The intrasquad game on Saturday has been moved to 12:30 p.m. on the Camden Yards replica field. It’s open to the public. Same as the workouts. The pitchers listed for the game include Zach Britton, Brian Matusz, Parker Bridwell, Mychal Givens and Andy Oliver for one team, and Ubaldo

A numbers game for Dylan Bundy and Brian Matusz

SARASOTA, Fla. - Time to lighten the mood around here at Orioles camp. Dylan Bundy surrendered his No. 49 to new pitcher Yovani Gallardo, a nine-year major league veteran who’s grown attached to it. Bundy is wearing No. 37, which has been passed around like a bottle of Jack Daniel’s at a tailgate. No. 49 came at a cost. Bundy will be compensated, a baseball

Adam Jones on Dexter Fowler’s decision to re-sign with Cubs

SARASOTA, Fla. - Adam Jones sat at his locker this morning and waited for the wave of reporters to roll in, the Dexter Fowler controversy still fresh and relevant. Fowler indicated to Jones on Wednesday that he was headed to Sarasota. He ended up in Arizona yesterday, back with the Cubs and insisting that he never had an agreement with the Orioles. “I know him

Orioles sifting through right field possibilities

SARASOTA, Fla. - Dexter Fowler won’t be playing right field for the Orioles. Agent Casey Close won’t be attending their next cookout. Tough day yesterday. The lingering question, besides trying to figure out why Close waited two days to deny the agreement and torch the Orioles and media, is who’s joining Adam Jones and Hyun Soo Kim in the outfield on opening day? The Orioles

Dan Duquette responds to Casey Close’s statement

SARASOTA, Fla. - Not only did the Orioles receive the news earlier today that outfielder Dexter Fowler decided to re-sign with his old team, they later absorbed thunderous blows from his agent via a statement. Casey Close didn’t pull any punches. And Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, in a much calmer but firm tone, didn’t take them lying down. Fowler shocked the industry, at

Gallardo’s press conference and Duquette’s comments on Fowler

SARASOTA, Fla. - Today was supposed to be about Yovani Gallardo’s first workout with the Orioles and the press conference introducing him to the local media. We’ll start there before returning to the Dexter Fowler circus. Stay with me. “It’s a great group from what I learned today,” Gallardo said while sitting between manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette. “They did a

More on Dexter Fowler and the deal that wasn’t

SARASOTA, Fla. - Dexter Fowler is telling reporters at the Cubs spring training complex that he never had an agreement with the Orioles. Meanwhile, multiple sources confirmed on Tuesday that the deal was completed. One person in the organization told me, “It’s done.” It’s become evident that Fowler wanted a shorter deal - he agreed to one year and a mutual option with the Cubs

Dexter Fowler throws Orioles curveball by signing with Cubs (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - With an hour remaining before the Orioles hold their press conference for new pitcher Yovani Gallardo, news broke that outfielder Dexter Fowler re-signed with the Cubs. This has been anything but a normal spring training. The Orioles had an agreement with Fowler on a three-year deal worth $33 million, according to multiple sources. It was done Tuesday. Now comes word that he

Nolan Reimold: “I’m just going to play and looking forward to a good year”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Yovani Gallardo went through a series of fielding drills this morning, moving from station to station during the Orioles’ second day of full-squad workouts. Pretty much every move was documented by the local beat crew. The line between reporter and stalker is a thin one. Gallardo is wearing No. 49 and Dylan Bundy has switched to No. 37. I’ll assume that Bundy

Chris Davis on the latest additions

SARASOTA, Fla. - When Chris Davis agreed to terms on a new seven-year contract with the Orioles last month, the roster didn’t include pitcher Yovani Gallardo and outfielder Dexter Fowler. It was a work in progress, and the club gets much busier after players report to spring training. Gallardo agreed to a restructured two-year deal with an option that guarantees $22 million and could max

Efren Navarro designated for assignment

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have designated outfielder/first baseman Efren Navarro for assignment to make room for pitcher Yovani Gallardo on the 40-man roster. The Gallardo deal is official. The Orioles issued the news release and are setting up his press conference in the media workroom. Gallardo will be in uniform and participate in his first workout today as the tarp comes off the Camden

Orioles roster comes more into focus with Gallardo and Fowler

SARASOTA, Fla. - It’s time to revisit the Orioles’ offseason grades. Revisit and revise. The lineup is set with Dexter Fowler expected to take his physical this morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. The rotation is set with Yovani Gallardo agreeing to a restructured two-year deal that includes an option for 2018. Hyun Soo Kim is projected as the left fielder. Mark Trumbo is

Yovani Gallardo agrees to restructured deal

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have restructured pitcher Yovani Gallardo’s contract from three guaranteed years to two years with a club option, according to a source. The source said “it’s done,” which allows the Orioles finally to plug the hole in their rotation created when left-hander Wei-Yin Chen signed with the Marlins. Rather than receive a guaranteed $35 million over three years, Gallardo is assured

Wrapping up the sixth day of workouts

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles aren’t commenting on pitcher Yovani Gallardo’s physical or their agreement with outfielder Dexter Fowler. These are sensitive issues that manager Buck Showalter, a smile on his face, danced around again this afternoon. The club has discussed a restructure of its three-year, $35 million agreement with Gallardo, according to multiple sources. The question is whether Gallardo would be receptive to it

Adam Jones: “My message to the front office was to keep the core intact”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones sat at his locker this afternoon and fielded questions with a Gold Glove touch. His dinner meeting with managing partner Peter Angelos. The composition of the lineup. His new teammates. His disdain of qualifying offers. And somehow, his political aspirations. Let’s get started. On Hyun Soo Kim: “He’s attentive. That’s the thing about it. He knows he

Morning notes on Gallardo, Fowler, Rickard and Janish

SARASOTA, Fla. - The rain was coming down hard this morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, just as the Orioles anticipated while arranging for indoor workouts. Pitchers will throw inside the covered cage while hitters do some tracking. Bats remain on shoulders. The Orioles aren’t expected to make a final decision today on Yovani Gallardo’s physical. It could drag out through the rest of

Let’s get physical with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - While the Yovani Gallardo drama plays out, we’re left to ponder the repercussions as they relate to the roster and the continuing perception that the Orioles’ physical is harder to pass than a 10-lb. kidney stone. A few pitchers expressed frustration over it yesterday. Guys were genuinely excited by the news that Gallardo agreed to terms. They didn’t like having the rug

Orioles reach agreement with Dexter Fowler on three-year deal (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - While the Orioles await the results of the next round of tests administered to pitcher Yovani Gallardo, they filled another need by reaching agreement with outfielder Dexter Fowler on a three-year deal worth about $35 million, according to an industry source. The deal doesn’t include an option or an opt-out clause. It’s pending a physical, which is always an important notation. Fowler,

Wrapping up the fifth day of workouts (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter made a couple of veiled (and comical) references to the Yovani Gallardo physical today while meeting with reporters and other assorted media. He didn’t address it specifically. It was the elephant in the room. Showalter isn’t going to say much about Gallardo until he’s on the team. Gallardo won’t attend tonight’s meeting unless he passes the physical, and

Updating Yovani Gallardo’s physical (with photos and video)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Yovani Gallardo hasn’t completed his physical and couldn’t take the field for today’s workout at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. A team official said there’s “more work to do,” including diagnostic testing. The Orioles appeared set to announce Gallardo’s signing this afternoon, but those plans apparently changed after reviewing his MRI and further tests were ordered. In the meantime, his three-year, $35

Manny Machado: “I hope they keep me here for long term”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Third baseman Manny Machado reported to camp yesterday and stood at his locker for about 10 minutes this morning while the media peppered him with questions about the Orioles’ offseason, his optimism about signing an extension and predictions that the club will finish in last place. “I’m just excited to be back,” he said. “Happy to see all my boys back, my

Leftovers for breakfast

SARASOTA, Fla. - Yovani Gallardo’s physical is expected to continue this morning. We may not get an announcement on his signing before Wednesday. I’ll let you decide whether he’s worth the wait. Fans want to know if Dylan Bundy will surrender his No. 49 to Gallardo. Bundy doesn’t seem overly attached to it and joked with me yesterday that he’ll probably have new digits. I

Wrapping up the fourth day of workouts

SARASOTA, Fla. - With Manny Machado’s arrival this afternoon, every player on the Orioles’ 40-man roster is in camp. I’m still not certain about non-roster outfielder Alfredo Marte. I really need to meet this guy and memorize his face. The first full-squad workout will be held on Wednesday. Manager Buck Showalter watched 15 pitchers throw their bullpen sessions today before meeting with the media behind

Updating Yovani Gallardo (and other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Yovani Gallardo is headed to the Ed Smith Stadium complex today, with his physical likely to begin around noon. Gallardo could be on the field for workouts as early as Tuesday, when the Orioles will be forced to make a corresponding roster move. It depends whether the physical is completed in one day. The Orioles can’t make a roster move with Rule

Early notes from the fourth day of workouts

SARASOTA, Fla. - Adam Jones has reported to camp, ready to rise and grind a day before position players are due. We still haven’t seen Manny Machado and Jimmy Paredes. I’m not sure whether I’ve seen Alfredo Marte. His locker definitely is here. Pitcher Todd Redmond finally made it today. His wife, Leigh Anne, gave birth to son Wyatt on Friday afternoon in Stuart, Fla.

McFarland says he isn’t wondering how Gallardo’s signing impacts him

SARASOTA, Fla. - With five right-handers in the rotation following Yovani Gallardo’s agreement on a three-year, $35 million contract, do the Orioles need left-hander T.J. McFarland to serve as the long man in their bullpen? McFarland isn’t dwelling on it. He’ll jump into the competition, but please remove him from the debate. “I definitely don’t think about that at all,” McFarland said. “It’s way too

Wrapping up the third day of workouts

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles completed their third day of workouts. More position players trickled into camp, including infielder Paul Janish. No one was carted off the field. Center fielder Adam Jones now is expected to report on Monday. Manager Buck Showalter said he would check on pitcher Todd Redmond. The Monday workout will be abbreviated due to the sixth annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic.

More on Gallardo, plus today’s side sessions

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pitcher Yovani Gallardo is expected to arrive in Sarasota on Monday to take his physical after agreeing to a three-year, $35 million contract that includes a $13 million option for 2019. There wasn’t enough time for Gallardo to get to the Ed Smith Stadium complex this afternoon. The Orioles are confident that Gallardo will pass his physical. They’ve already done extensive homework

Players react to Gallardo deal

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Trumbo and Trey Mancini showed up in the clubhouse today, two more early arrivals in camp. Position players aren’t due until Tuesday. The early returns on Yovani Gallardo’s arrival later this week are favorable. Players are excited to add a veteran starter with a track record, someone who can provide wins, innings and leadership. Here are some of the reactions, beginning

Notes on Tillman, Navarro, Gallardo and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - While the Orioles continue their offseason spending spree, they apparently haven’t reopened extension talks with the agent for pitcher Chris Tillman. The sides discussed an extension in January 2015 and agreed to shut it down if an agreement couldn’t be reached by opening day. The Orioles tossed out a preliminary figure, a source confirmed at the time, and nothing else came of

Orioles reach agreement with pitcher Yovani Gallardo (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have reached an agreement with right-hander Yovani Gallardo on a three-year contract worth $35 million, according to multiple sources, filling the spot in their rotation vacated by Wei-Yin Chen. The deal includes a $13 million option and is contingent on Gallardo passing his physical, which could take place Sunday. Update: I’m told the physical is more likely to take place

Wrapping up the second day of workouts (with photos)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Everyone scheduled to throw a bullpen session today took the mound to conclude the second official workout at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Todd Redmond is expected back in camp on Sunday after leaving for a few days to attend to a family matter. Center fielder Adam Jones is expected to report on Sunday. Hunter Harvey impressed this afternoon, displaying a smooth,

Dan Duquette: “We have a lot more work to do”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette reported to camp yesterday afternoon, bringing his work with him from the third floor of the warehouse at Camden Yards. He met with the media for about 10 minutes today while pitchers and catchers worked out on various fields. There’s no news to pass along except that the Orioles don’t appear especially close to signing free

O’Day on mentoring Bundy, Davis’ return and expectations for 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 outfielder Joey Rickard reported to camp this morning, another position player arriving early. Dylan Bundy mentioned yesterday that he’s counting on the veteran relievers to assist in his transition to a bullpen role. Darren O’Day is the obvious choice as the leader of the group. Bundy made two relief appearances with the Orioles in September 2012. O’Day was there. So

Ubaldo Jimenez: “I know I can do better”

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’ve arrived at Day 2 of the Orioles’ spring training workouts. And with the physicals done, they return to a normal schedule that gets players on and off the field earlier than yesterday. The highlight remains the bullpen sessions. Nothing against pitchers fielding practice, but ... the highlight remains the bullpen sessions. Ubaldo Jimenez will throw today while continuing to focus on

Wrapping up the first workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - I listed 14 pitchers in my last blog entry who threw bullpen sessions today. Non-roster right-hander Todd Redmond also was scheduled, but he left camp to attend to a family matter. He’s expected to return within the next few days. There were plenty of other arms to hold manager Buck Showalter’s attention. “I checked off the guys before today that I was

Orioles complete their first workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ first workout today lasted about 2½ hours, including the stretching exercises. Pitchers did the usual fielding drills, coming off the mound to scoop up slow rollers or cover first base. They also ran sprints. Manager Buck Showalter, fungo bat in hand, lectured different groups. It was a typical first day. The bullpen sessions were broken down into five groups: Zach

Ubaldo Jimenez can offer advice to any pitcher who signs late

SARASOTA, Fla. - As the Orioles attempt to sign another starting pitcher, with Yovani Gallardo still atop the wish list while negotiations drag on, Ubaldo Jimenez can tell them a thing or two about arriving late to camp and getting acclimated. The Orioles didn’t sign Jimenez until Feb. 19, 2014, five days before they brought in outfielder Nelson Cruz. “It’s going to take a little

The latest on Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey

SARASOTA, Fla. - The good prospect news has extended from minicamp to spring training. Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey confirmed in separate interviews today that they’re full-go in camp. Their arms feel great. And the sun is shining. Bundy was shut down at Double-A Bowie with a sore right shoulder and in the Arizona Fall League with right forearm tightness. Harvey was shut down at

Time for the first official workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - The first official workout of spring training will be held later today after players take their physicals. You can’t be on the field without one. Stay tuned for photos of pitchers running and throwing; of catchers running and throwing; of at least a few position players running and throwing - and maybe hitting in the cage. We’ll find out later if anyone

Notes and quotes as pitchers and catchers report to camp (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Matt Wieters arrived in camp this morning with son Maverick. Nolan Reimold played catch on the field and Hyun Soo Kim ran sprints. J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop played catch, grabbed bats and headed to the indoor cage. A few guys took grounders on one of the back fields. Workouts don’t officially begin until Friday, but players volunteered to head outdoors

Hyun Soo Kim meets the press

SARASOTA, Fla. - Twenty-seven players arrived in the clubhouse this morning during the hour that the media was allowed inside. Included in the group were Hyun Soo Kim, J.J. Hardy, Dariel Alvarez, Ryan Flaherty, Christian Walker, Henry Urrutia, Xavier Avery, L.J. Hoes and Steve Tolleson. Position players aren’t due until Tuesday, with the first full-squad workout the following day. The roll call also included pitchers

So many questions coming as pitchers and catchers report

SARASOTA, Fla. - The day finally has arrived. Orioles pitchers and catchers are required to report to spring training. I stress “required” because the turnout already is impressive. Guys don’t need to be dragged to the Ed Smith Stadium complex. We’re not in Fort Lauderdale anymore, Toto. The turnout won’t be restricted to pitchers and catchers. For example, outfielder Henry Urrutia has been working out

A little more on Orioles’ negotiations with Gallardo and Fowler

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles remain confident that they will sign pitcher Yovani Gallardo and also are optimistic about their chances of including outfielder Dexter Fowler in their winter haul, according to a source. The club is fine with surrendering its first two draft picks, which would be slotted at Nos. 14 and 28, in order to plug holes in the rotation and right field.

Commenting on the camp competitions

I’d like to challenge readers here to pick their favorite camp competition, but it’s hard to do without having a set roster. I’m still putting Yovani Gallardo in the rotation until told otherwise. I won’t bore you with another non-update update. Sides still talking, working out a few details, press conference would be held in Sarasota, etc. OK, I just bored you with another non-update

A few thoughts on Givens and Paredes

I’ve been asked whether the Orioles are waiting until they reach agreement with pitcher Yovani Gallardo and outfielder Dexter Fowler before announcing both deals simultaneously, as if it’s more economical that way. Like they might have found a two-for-one sale. I don’t believe that the Orioles are putting anyone on hold. I don’t see the logic in keeping a Gallardo agreement under wraps until Fowler

Talking more about Trumbo in right field

Three more days until the pitchers and catchers report to spring training at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota. Three more days until the beat crew slips into a brand new routine. The clubhouse will open to the media from 8-9 a.m. Workouts last until about 12:30 p.m., with the clubhouse reopening for an hour. Manager Buck Showalter will meet with reporters and other

Digging a little deeper into the Orioles’ pursuit of an arm and bat

If the Orioles finally reach agreement with right-hander Yovani Gallardo on a three-year deal, and it’s still expected to happen, the press conference might have to take place down in Sarasota. We’re running out of Camden Yards time. Gallardo would need to take and pass his physical. Team officials, public relations staff and media will be at the Ed Smith Stadium complex early this week.

This, that and the other

The Orioles are continuing negotiations with pitcher Yovani Gallardo on a three-year contract. As expected, the talks have moved into the weekend. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you. More details are being worked out, including the possibility of an option. I’ll repeat that it looks encouraging, but nothing is imminent. Meanwhile, it’s interesting how the Orioles retain interest in three hitters who aren’t exactly

Orioles lose C.J. Riefenhauser on waiver claim

C.J. Riefenhauser is on the move again. The Cubs claimed Riefenhauser off waivers today after the Orioles designated him for assignment last week. They designated left-hander Edgar Olmos for assignment to make room for Riefenhauser. In a strange twist, the Cubs had claimed Olmos from the Orioles on Dec. 23. The Rays traded Riefenhauser to the Mariners on Nov. 5. The Orioles acquired Riefenhauser and

Leftovers for breakfast

Will today be the day that the Orioles and pitcher Yovani Gallardo reach agreement on a three-year contract? I didn’t get the sense from executive vice president Dan Duquette that a deal was imminent. There’s still work to be done and it may extend negotiations into the weekend. He didn’t give off a “stay close to your laptop” vibe, and I’m pretty good at picking

Duquette on adding a starting pitcher: “We’re still working on it”

While the Orioles continue discussions with the agent for right-hander Yovani Gallardo, they’re not expected to reach agreement tonight. More works remains as the Orioles attempt to sign Gallardo to a three-year deal. They’ve made progress, but they’re still short of the finish line. Executive vice president Dan Duquette wouldn’t comment on Gallardo or any other free agent or trade targets. However, when asked whether

Orioles reveal promotions and giveaways for 2016 season

Still no word on an agreement between the Orioles and pitcher Yovani Gallardo. Negotiations continue on a three-year deal and the club remains optimistic, according to a source. My guess is the phrase “opt out” keeps coming up. Gallardo wants one in his contract and the Orioles are against it. Meanwhile, the Orioles have released their 2016 promotion and giveaway schedule, which includes a Manny

Wondering about the ripple effect created by Gallardo

By adding Yovani Gallardo to their rotation, the Orioles also would create a few questions that I’ll pose here. It’s too bad that I don’t have the answers to go with them. They would be a nice accompaniment, but it’s just too soon. Let’s start with the fact that the rotation would consist of five right-handed starters, with Gallardo joining Chris Tillman, Ubaldo Jimenez, Miguel

Orioles also considering Dexter Fowler (updated)

The Orioles no longer are committed to keeping their first pick in this year’s First-Year Player Draft, showing a willingness to part with the 14th overall selection to sign pitcher Yovani Gallardo. But what about their next selection? I’ve been told that the Orioles also are discussing outfielder Dexter Fowler, who would cost their compensatory pick after he turned down the Cubs’ qualifying offer. FOXSports.com

Orioles sign reliever Dale Thayer to minor league deal

The Orioles have signed right-hander Dale Thayer to a minor league deal that also includes an invitation to spring training. Thayer is represented by O’Connell Sports Management, which tweeted the agreement this afternoon. Thayer, 35, is 11-17 with a 3.47 ERA in seven major league seasons. He’s made 264 appearances, all in relief, with the Rays, Mets and Padres. The Orioles were in the market

Orioles making progress in talks with Gallardo

The Orioles’ talks with the representative for free agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo have progressed to the point where they appear to be the favorites to sign him, according to an industry source. FOXSports.com reported today that the sides were “making progress,” and multiple reports have the Orioles offering three years. The Orioles weren’t comfortable going four years for Gallardo and five were never a consideration.

Chris Tillman on the importance of a bounceback season

Spring training must be getting close. The Orioles crossed off two more items from their to-do list this week by announcing their non-roster invitees and sending out season ticket invoices. What’s left besides finding another starter, a left-handed bat for the outfield and maybe another reliever? The Orioles may want to check whether they can trademark the phrase “bounceback season,” because I feel as though

More information on Orioles season ticket plans (updated)

With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in only nine days, the Orioles are sending out their season ticket invoices this afternoon via email. It’s the same arrangement as last year. There is one change which has been anticipated for most of the winter. Fans are going to notice an increase in ticket prices. This is the third time in the past 12 years

Brady Anderson on Hyun Soo Kim: “He hits line drive after line drive”

The Orioles will learn plenty about Hyun Soo Kim after he reports to spring training. How he swings the bat against major league pitching, how much ground he covers in the outfield, his arm strength, his ability to blend with his new teammates and get acclimated to life in the United States. The early returns are favorable. Kim made a nice impression on manager Buck

Orioles invite 17 non-roster players to spring training

The Orioles released the names of their 17 non-roster invitees to spring training, a list that includes seven pitchers, three catchers, four infielders and three outfielders. There are no real surprises in the group except that infielder Joey Terdoslavich didn’t receive an invitation after being designated for assignment and outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Keep in mind that everyone on the 40-man roster also will report

Former Oriole Delmon Young arrested (and other notes)

Former Orioles outfielder Delmon Young was arrested in Miami last night and charged with battery after he allegedly choked and threatened to kill a valet attendant and used ethnic slurs, according to Andy Slater of 940 AM radio. Young allegedly grabbed the attendant by the neck at the Viceroy hotel in Miami after being denied access to a club. Police made the arrest at Young’s

Wondering about Vance Worley and Jimmy Paredes

While the Orioles continue their roster construction, I’m curious how the current and future moves will impact pitcher Vance Worley and infielder Jimmy Paredes. The Orioles claimed Worley off waivers from the Pirates and gave him $2.6 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility. He’s been viewed as a candidate for the rotation and bullpen. Worley is out of options and remains in limbo

Yovani Gallardo again under consideration for the Orioles

Just when it appeared that the Orioles had no interest in surrendering their first pick in the draft, they definitely are reconsidering as right-hander Yovani Gallardo remains on the free agent market. The latest shift in thinking apparently has occurred within the past week. They’re checking medicals again and weighing the pros and cons. They haven’t walked away from Gallardo. They just can’t seem to

Mark Trumbo on Chris Davis’ return: “Oh, it was huge”

When we last heard from Mark Trumbo, he had just been acquired in a trade with the Mariners in a deal that become official on Dec. 2. He was surprised by it, since he hadn’t heard the Orioles mentioned as a possibility, and revealed his long-standing admiration for the organization. Meanwhile, executive vice president Dan Duquette vowed to continue his search for at least one

Orioles, Zach Britton avoid arbitration with one-year deal

And then there were none. The Orioles avoided an arbitration hearing with closer Zach Britton, their lone unsigned player, by agreeing to a one-year, $6.75 million deal, a source has confirmed. The left-hander’s arbitration hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 17, after the sides couldn’t come to an agreement. The Orioles had offered Britton $5.6 million, while Britton had countered at $7.9 million. The deal

About yesterday and last night ...

I can’t promise that the Orioles will make news again today, but executive vice president Dan Duquette continues to work the phones in an attempt to finalize the roster by the start of spring training. If it takes a little longer, so be it. They completed a trade with the Padres for right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne. You can spell “San Diego Padres” using the letters in

Brian Matusz agrees to terms on 2016 contract

The Orioles avoided an arbitration hearing with left-hander Brian Matusz, who agreed to terms today on a $3.9 million contract, according to an industry source. Matusz sought $4.4 million when the sides exchanged figures, and the Orioles countered at $3.5 million, so they almost met directly in the middle. MLBTradeRumors.com projected that Matusz’s salary would rise modestly from $3.2 million in 2015 to $3.4 million.

L.J. Hoes outrighted to Norfolk (plus other notes)

Outfielder L.J. Hoes has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, the latest roster move made today by the Orioles. Hoes was designated for assignment on Jan. 26 to create room for outfielder/first baseman Efren Navarro. The Orioles acquired Hoes from the Astros on Nov. 25 for cash considerations, bringing back a player they drafted in the third round in 2008. He batted .295/.383/.400

Orioles acquire Odrisamer Despaigne from Padres (updated)

The Orioles have acquired right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from the Padres for minor league pitcher Jean Cosme, according to industry sources. Despaigne, 28, went 9-16 with a 4.74 ERA in parts of two major league seasons. He went 5-9 with a 5.80 ERA in 34 appearances, including 18 starts, in 2015. Despaigne is a native of Cuba. He signed as an amateur free agent in 2014.

Trying to find the right answer for right field

As the Orioles attempt to figure out what they’re going to do in right field, they seem more likely to go the platoon route to round out their lineup. This isn’t exactly breaking news. It’s been a strong possibility for a while now, especially after Chris Davis accepted their seven-year, $161 million offer. Justin Upton and Yoenis Cespedes came off the board. I’m still fielding

Digging into the rotation depth

While the Orioles are figuring out who’s going to replace Wei-Yin Chen in the rotation, they’re also measuring the starting depth in the organization. It’s hard to project the rotation at Triple-A Norfolk without knowing the entire composition of the Orioles bullpen and whether they’ll go in-house with Chen’s replacement. T.J. McFarland could start at Norfolk if he doesn’t break camp with the Orioles, who

Orioles sign Chris Dwyer to minor league deal (updated)

On what’s amounting to another slow news day as we venture deeper into the afternoon, I’ll pass along that the Orioles signed left-hander Chris Dwyer to a minor league deal, according to Baseball America’s transactions page. The Royals chose Dwyer, 27, in the fourth round of the 2009 draft out of Clemson University. His only major league appearances came in 2013, when he pitched in

More from Chris Davis

While you’ve been distracted by daily reminders that the Orioles need another starting pitcher, outfielder L.J. Hoes is waiting to find out whether he needs to report to another organization. It appears that the Orioles want to get Hoes through waivers and hold onto him. He should know soon if it’s going to happen. We’re also waiting for the Orioles to announce their spring training

Rotation drags down offseason score

We’ve entered the month of February and the Orioles aren’t receiving rave reviews for their offseason. Various outlets have given them failing grades. They’re picked to finish in last place in the American League East. They aren’t the winter darlings within the industry. Any projections at this early date must be taken with a grain of salt. I’d line the rim of the glass with

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