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Orioles acquire Logan Verrett from Mets

The Orioles are bringing back one of their former Rule 5 picks. The club announced this afternoon that it acquired right-hander Logan Verrett from the Mets in exchange for cash considerations. Verrett, 26, was chosen from the Mets at the 2014 Winter Meetings, exposed to waivers in spring training and claimed by the Rangers, who later returned him to his original organization. The Orioles kept

The Thames deal and wondering if Carter may impact Trumbo

The Orioles are known to check the Korean Baseball Organization for potential fits on their pitching staff and in their lineup, but they passed on outfielder Eric Thames, who signed a three-year deal with the Brewers. Let’s go over this again. Eric Thames received a three-year deal from a major league team that includes an option for a fourth season and reportedly is worth $16

Urrutia’s tweet, Hall of Fame veterans and Ohlman’s new team

Since I’ve been covering the Orioles fulltime in 1997, there haven’t been many feel-good stories that can top Henry Urrutia’s climb to the majors. His defection from Cuba after a failed attempt, the struggle to get from Haiti to Miami, his acclimation to life in the U.S. - including how he crashed through the language barrier - the walk-off home run against the Mets and

Orioles deciding on a leadoff hitter

Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t hesitate last month when asked whether he’d prefer someone else batting atop the order in 2017. He offered up his appreciation of Adam Jones and made it clear that he wanted to go in another direction. This was one of those instances where you didn’t need to read between the lines. “Adam did well there for a while and I

This, that and the other

Life comes with few certainties beyond death, taxes and long lines for the men’s room at football games. But you will be 100 percent correct if you predict that the Orioles will make at least one selection in the Rule 5 draft at next month’s Winter Meetings. The final day is more predictable than the ending of a romantic comedy. Team meets minor leaguer, team

Will the Orioles be left with Kim as the everyday left fielder?

Under the heading of “obvious needs” for the Orioles, you’re going to find references to the hole in right field and at designated hitter. You’re going to hear about a veteran catcher, though standing pat isn’t the worst idea, according to some folks in the industry. Same with the bullpen. The one that is less obvious involves left field and the possibility of a right-handed

Can Donnie Hart make the team and change a perception?

While still waiting for Aretha Franklin to finish her version of the anthem before the Vikings-Lions game ... It’s been established that the Orioles are in the market for another reliever this winter. Maybe two. They’d take a left-hander or a right-hander. It’s a call to more arms. Donnie Hart has no idea whether he’s got a spot reserved in the bullpen, but he’s making

Another chance to give thanks

With the pitching coach and bullpen coach vacancies filled this week, and on the same day no less, the Orioles can turn their collective attention to replacing director of pitching development Rick Peterson. They also may want to replace the title. Minor league pitching coordinator is more to the point. Executive vice president Dan Duquette, vice president Brady Anderson and manager Buck Showalter again will

Donnie Hart and Alan Mills reunited again

In Donnie Hart’s world, Alan Mills was destined to join the Orioles coaching staff next season. It couldn’t happen any other way. Trace Hart’s professional career and you’ll run into Mills, his pitching coach every year, beginning with short-season Single-A Aberdeen in 2013. Hart moved up to low Single-A Delmarva in 2014 and Mills was waiting for him. He climbed to Double-A Bowie in 2015

McDowell on becoming Orioles pitching coach

New Orioles pitching coach Roger McDowell anticipates a smooth transition for the staff he’s inheriting because of his relationship with the man he’s replacing. McDowell was close to Dave Wallace, who retired from major league coaching after the season and returned to the Braves organization. “I mentored under Dave Wallace and I also have a very good friendship with Dom Chiti,” McDowell said this afternoon

Orioles add McDowell and Mills to coaching staff

Bullpen teammates with the 1996 Orioles are reuniting in Baltimore. The Orioles announced today that they’ve hired Roger McDowell as pitching coach and Alan Mills as bullpen coach. McDowell replaces Dave Wallace, who will serve in an advisory/instructional role with the Braves. Mills replaces Dom Chiti, who will serve as Atlanta’s senior director of pitching. McDowell, 55, spent 11 seasons as Braves pitching coach. He

Leftovers for breakfast

Not only are the Orioles preparing pay increases for the arbitration-eligible players who will be tendered contracts for 2017, they also are considering contract extensions for part of the group. There’s no time like the present. The Orioles failed in the past to reach agreement with pitcher Chris Tillman and third baseman Manny Machado, though talks never reached a point where deals were realistic. That’s

Orioles sign David Washington to minor league deal

The Orioles added a power bat to their farm system this afternoon. A big guy who hits a lot of home runs, can get on base and also is prone to striking out. David Washington, 26, agreed to a minor league deal and will be assigned to Triple-A Norfolk after spending eight seasons in the Cardinals organization. Washington was a 15th-round pick in 2009 out

Guerrero, Mora among newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot

Ten former Orioles are included on the latest Hall of Fame ballot released today by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The most prestigious newcomers are Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez and Ivan Rodriguez. Guerrero concluded his 16-year career with the Orioles in 2011, batting .290/.317/.416 with 30 doubles, 13 home runs and 63 RBIs in 145 games. The 13 home runs were his lowest total

Mancini as possible replacement for Trumbo (and other notes)

Though the Orioles don’t currently project Trey Mancini as an outfielder, they continue to tie him to Mark Trumbo and the veteran’s potential departure in free agency. I’ve talked to multiple people who bring up Mancini’s name as a possible replacement for Trumbo. It’s a clear indication that Mancini is expected to break camp with the team next spring in whatever role. “I can tell

Orioles aren’t inclined to subtract from their bullpen

One question hanging over the Orioles relates to their bullpen and whether they should deal from their strength. Executive vice president Dan Duquette is adamant that the Orioles aren’t trading closer Zach Britton. However, what about a team that wants Brad Brach or Mychal Givens, perhaps viewing them as potential ninth inning specialists? The Orioles have holes to fill in right field and at designated

A roster exclusion, coaching update and Duquette quotes

The Orioles decided not to protect Triple-A outfielder Mike Yastrzemski in the Rule 5 draft, failing to place him on the 40-man roster. Plenty of scouts project Yastrzemski, 26, as a possible fourth outfielder in the majors. The Orioles are hoping he stays in the organization, gets healthy and improves dramatically on his 2016 season. The grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski batted .221/.312/.369

More from Duquette and the Rule 5 roster deadline

Executive vice president Dan Duquette joked last night at the open of the “Hot Stove Show” on 105.7 The Fan that he’d reveal the Orioles’ offseason plans. “Yeah, I can tell you what we’re going to do,” he said. “We’re going to have another good team next year like we do every year.” You’re not getting any specifics on trade or free agent discussions. This

MVP results and hot stove nuggets

The Orioles were represented in the Most Valuable Player voting in the American League despite not having a finalist. Third baseman Manny Machado finished in fifth place and closer Zach Britton was 11th, with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America releasing the results tonight on MLB Network. Angels outfielder Mike Trout placed first with 356 points, followed by Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts with 311

Tonight’s MVP, the “Hot Stove Show” and AFL notes

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America has reached the end of its awards season tonight with ballots revealed for Most Valuable Player in both leagues. The Orioles don’t have a dog in the fight, but we’ll find out where third baseman Manny Machado placed in the voting. The final three is comprised of the Astros’ Jose Altuve, the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts and the Angels’

Britton finishes fourth in AL Cy Young balloting

If it’s any consolation for Orioles closer Zach Britton, he received more first-place votes than finalist Corey Kluber for the American League Cy Young Award. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America has presented Red Sox’s right-hander Rick Porcello with the award, the announcement coming tonight on MLB Network. Porcello had 137 points. The Tigers’ Justin Verlander was runner-up with 132 points and the Indians’ Kluber

Orioles add Tides to exhibition schedule

The Orioles are extending their 2017 exhibition schedule beyond the final Grapefruit League game in Sarasota. Triple-A Norfolk and the Orioles announced this afternoon that the teams will play a March 31 game at Harbor Park. The first pitch is slated for 3:05 p.m. This will be the Orioles’ fifth appearance in Norfolk since the Tides became the Triple-A affiliate in 2007. Harbor Park served

Tonight’s pitching award and more from Aubrey Huff

The Cy Young Award winners will be revealed tonight on MLB Network, and my only interest is checking how many votes were given to Orioles closer Zach Britton. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America requires each ballot to contain five pitchers and I’m wondering how many didn’t include Britton. The finalists are the Red Sox’s Rick Porcello, the Indians’ Corey Kluber and the Tigers’ Justin

Showalter finishes third in AL Manager of the Year voting

Buck Showalter failed to win his fourth Manager of the Year Award, with the 2016 American League honor going to the Indians’ Terry Francona. Showalter finished in third place with 44 votes. Francona received 128 and runner up Jeff Banister of the Rangers received 64. Showalter garnered two first-place votes, compared to 22 for Francona and four for Banister. The Red Sox’s John Farrell, who

Aubrey Huff on his new book and the issues that almost killed him

Aubrey Huff hadn’t reached rock bottom during a succession of losing seasons with the Rays and Orioles. He hadn’t touched down through his drug addiction and divorce proceedings. There was only the clawing that hastens a man’s descent. It wasn’t until Huff retreated to his closet again, dropped to his knees and put a gun to his head that he had truly gotten there. Orioles

Mark Trumbo rejects Orioles’ qualifying offer

Outfielder Mark Trumbo figures to draw significant interest in the free agent market and is ready to test it. Trumbo has rejected the Orioles’ qualifying offer, walking away from a guaranteed $17.2 million in exchange for longer-term security. The Orioles want to re-sign Trumbo and are prepared to join the bidding after he led the majors with 47 home runs. They’d prefer to use him

Trumbo’s decision and Rookie of the Year voting

The Orioles will know by 5 p.m. today whether outfielder Mark Trumbo is accepting or declining their qualifying offer. I’d still be shocked if Trumbo took the $17.2 million and re-entered the free agent market next winter. His value may never be higher after he led the majors with 47 home runs. The Blue Jays signed Kendrys Morales for $33 million over three years. What’s

More on changes in Orioles farm system

The Orioles are busy without actually making any big moves or announcements. Besides executive vice president Dan Duquette’s work at the general managers meetings, intended again to lay the groundwork for deals and agreements at the Winter Meetings, and the ongoing interviews for pitching and bullpen coach, the Orioles are making a few changes in their farm system. I reported yesterday that Rick Peterson was

Rick Peterson won’t return to Orioles in 2017

The Orioles are making changes in their minor league system while continuing their work on the major league coaching staff. Rick Peterson won’t return as director of pitching development for the 2017 season. I heard from multiple sources that Peterson was gone, and executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed it this afternoon. Peterson was hired for the position in January 2012 after serving as pitching

McGregor’s role in Miley’s strong finish

As the Orioles seem content or financially motivated to stick with their rotation candidates next spring, they’re banking on left-hander Wade Miley to give them a greater return on their trade with the Mariners. Miley went 2-5 with a 6.17 ERA and 1.574 WHIP in 11 starts with the Orioles, but he picked up a head of steam toward the finish. In his last three

Notes on general managers meetings and coaching candidates

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette flew home last night from the general managers meetings in Arizona with a clearer read on the free agent and trade markets, holding firm to the same desires. Duquette wants to upgrade the outfield defense. He’s searching for a left-handed bat, the need amplified with Matt Wieters and Pedro Alvarez potentially lost to free agency. He wants to improve

Comparing offseason Trumbo to Davis

Is Mark Trumbo the 2016 offseason version of Chris Davis? There are the obvious differences, including Davis’ ability to land a seven-year, $161 million contract with the Orioles. Trumbo is lined up for a significant bump in salary, but not to the same degree. Certainly not with the Orioles, whose payroll would crumble like a jelly donut in Sidney Ponson’s pants pocket. (I seriously have

Trumbo wins Silver Slugger Award

Mark Trumbo did more than make a sterling comeback in 2016. He also swung a silver bat. Trumbo won a Silver Slugger Award tonight, the only Oriole to be honored. The announcement came on MLB Network. Voting is done by managers and coaches. Trumbo was joined in the AL outfield by the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts and the Angels’ Mike Trout. The accolades keep piling

Hyun Soo Kim also slated to play in WBC

The Orioles apparently will have a fourth player leave spring training to participate in the World Baseball Classic. Hyun Soo Kim is part of South Korea’s 28-man roster, with confirmation coming via Yonhap News Agency. Manager Kim In-sik provided the list of names and the Orioles outfielder is included among four major leaguers. Center fielder Adam Jones (USA), third baseman Manny Machado (Dominican Republic) and

This, that and the other

More awards are coming tonight with the Louisville Silver Slugger Award winners announced on MLB Network. No truth to the rumor that Neil Patrick Harris will perform a musical number between selections. The Orioles set a club record with three winners in 2013, the last year that they were honored. Awards were given to first baseman Chris Davis, shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam

Trumbo receives Comeback Player of the Year Award

The players have spoken again and they remain impressed with how Mark Trumbo elevated his game in 2016. Trumbo won the Players Choice Award for American League Comeback Player of the Year, the announcement coming tonight on MLB Network. He beat out the Rangers’ Ian Desmond and Yu Darvish. Closer Zach Britton was a finalist for Outstanding Pitcher in the American League, but Red Sox

Jones, Machado and Schoop will leave Orioles for WBC

Three Orioles are confirmed as participating in the 2017 World Baseball Classic - their starting center fielder, third baseman and second baseman. The WBC’s official Twitter account noted that Adam Jones will represent Team USA, Manny Machado will play for the Dominican Republic and Jonathan Schoop will join Team Netherlands. Executive vice president Dan Duquette offered confirmation to reporters, including MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, at

This, that and the other

We’re being bombarded with awards shows for the next two weeks. I’m waiting for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host one of them. Can’t wait to find out who wins “Best On-Screen Kiss.” Tonight is the Players Choice Awards from 8-9:30 p.m. on MLB Network. Watch me feign interest. The Orioles have two nominees in the American League. Zach Britton, Corey Kluber and Rick

Machado and Davis fail to win Gold Glove

The Orioles went 0-for-2 in the Rawlings Gold Glove Award voting. Finalists Manny Machado and Chris Davis were denied tonight at their respective positions, leaving the Orioles without a winner for the first time since 2010. Machado, a two-time winner at third base in the American League, lost tonight to the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre. Davis, a two-time finalist at first base, lost to the Rangers’

Orioles outright Jed Bradley

The Orioles cleared more room on their 40-man roster this afternoon by outrighting left-hander Jed Bradley to Triple-A Norfolk. The move leaves them with 33 on the roster and it comes as no surprise. Bradley was viewed as left-handed bullpen depth after the Orioles claimed him from the Braves on Oct. 7. There were early signs that he would come off the 40-man later, with

Gold Gloves, free agency and more

The Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners will be announced tonight on ESPN. The Orioles have two American League finalists, with Manny Machado at third base and Chris Davis at first. Machado is competing against the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre and the Mariners’ Kyle Seager. Davis is competing against the Royals’ Eric Hosmer and the Rangers’ Mitch Moreland. I’m not expecting the Orioles to bring home a

Showalter reacts to Britton’s exclusion from Cy Young finalists

The exclusion of Orioles left-hander Zach Britton from the Cy Young Award finalists in the American League struck a nerve with manager Buck Showalter, who didn’t care about his own honor nearly as much as the one that eluded his closer. Showalter, the Indians’ Terry Francona and the Rangers’ Jeff Banister are finalists for Manager of the Year. Showalter’s night wasn’t made. “It’s shocking,” Showalter

Showalter finalist for BBWAA award, Britton excluded for Cy Young

The Cy Young Award in the American League won’t go to a reliever this year. It won’t reach closer Zach Britton’s hands. Britton didn’t receive enough support from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, which favored the Indians’ Corey Kluber, the Red Sox’s Rick Porcello and the Tigers’ Justin Verlander. The announcement came tonight on MLB Network. The Orioles’ Buck Showalter is a finalist for

Wieters doesn’t receive qualifying offer

The Orioles moved closer to parting ways with longtime catcher Matt Wieters, declining today to extend a qualifying offer. Mark Trumbo received the qualifying offer, as expected, and he’s almost certain to refuse it and test free agency. The deadline for players to make a decision is Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. The qualifying offer increased this year from $15.8 million to $17.2 million. Wieters

Today’s schedule and important Rule 5 decisions

Today is the deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their free agents, leaving the Orioles with important decisions on outfielder Mark Trumbo and catcher Matt Wieters. Trumbo led the majors with 47 home runs and it wouldn’t make any sense for him to take the $17.2 million and re-enter the market next winter. His value is going to be higher? This is his

Hobgood taking a shot at hitting

Unable to stay healthy and launch a promising career as a pitcher, former first-round pick Matt Hobgood is attempting to take a different route to the majors. Hobgood, 26, is trying to make a comeback as a hitter. He’s currently working out in Arizona with former Orioles outfielder Larry Harlow, his hitting coach at Norco (Cal.) High School. It’s going to be a process, of

Alan Mills remains candidate to join Orioles’ coaching staff

The Orioles continue to interview candidates for pitching coach and hope to make a decision next week. They still had a few more meetings scheduled as of yesterday. Double-A Bowie pitching coach Alan Mills interviewed on Thursday and he’s a prime candidate to join the staff. However, he could replace Dom Chiti as bullpen coach rather than move into the dugout as Dave Wallace’s replacement.

Rickard and Lee reinstated from 60-day disabled list (updated)

The World Series is over and it’s time for teams to focus on the 40-man roster, which includes returning players to it who were removed due to injury. The Orioles have reinstated outfielder Joey Rickard and minor league pitcher Chris Lee from the 60-day disabled list, procedural moves that increase the 40-man roster to 34 players. The free agents have been eliminated. Steve Pearce was

Leftovers for breakfast

You may have noticed yesterday that former bullpen coach Dom Chiti was upset that the Orioles didn’t reach out to him about a new contract, which led to his departure and a new position with the Braves. Meanwhile, executive vice president Dan Duquette wants to get a new pitching coach in place before focusing on a bullpen coach, feeling that Dave Wallace’s successor should have

Chiti disappointed that he’s leaving Orioles

The Braves made official this afternoon the hiring of former Orioles bullpen coach Dom Chiti and pitching coach Dave Wallace. All that’s left now is for the Orioles to find their replacements. Chiti was named director of pitching and Wallace was named a special assistant to pitching, the close friends heading back where they previously worked together before joining the Orioles for the 2014 season.

Assistant hitting coach Mark Quinn leaving Orioles

Assistant hitting coach Mark Quinn is leaving the Orioles after one season with the club, according to a baseball source. Quinn, an outfielder who played for the Royals between 1999-2002, was hired in January to work with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh. Quinn beat out Royals minor league hitting instructor Milt Thompson, the other finalist for the position. According to the source, Quinn will return to

This, that and the other (updated)

The news that bullpen coach Dom Chiti is returning to the Braves is unsettling to an organization that values his work and his relationship with the pitchers on the staff. Not only the relievers. All of the pitchers. Losing pitching coach Dave Wallace is a big blow, but at least the Orioles were braced for it. And they held out hope that he’d remain with

Chiti and Wallace take jobs with the Braves

The Orioles have at least two openings to fill on their coaching staff. Bullpen coach Dom Chiti, whose contract expired in Oct. 31, has accepted a position with the Braves as their senior director of pitching, according to industry and team sources. Dave Wallace, who retired as pitching coach, will join Chiti in Atlanta as a roving pitching instructor and adviser. The Braves are expected

Poised for the start of free agency

I’ve been rooting for a Game 7 all along. Nothing beats it in sports and it delays the start of free agency, which extends my downtime a little bit longer. It’s always about me. I’ve got five days before the free agent market is open for business once the World Series ends, and I’ll only leave Twitter at my own risk. Five days before beat

The long and short of a position change for Machado

The Orioles shifted their focus to the offseason before their flight from Toronto landed at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Wheels up, eyes forward. Decisions must be made regarding qualifying offers for pending free agents, arbitration figures and possible non-tenders, upgrading positions and depth, sorting through the minor league free agents, finding a replacement for pitching coach Dave Wallace. They’ve got shortstop J.J. Hardy under contract

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