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Orioles non-tender Beckham and Joseph

The Orioles have decided to non-tender infielder Tim Beckham and catcher Caleb Joseph, releasing them into the free agent market and clearing two spots on the 40-man roster. Every other player on the 40-man roster was tendered a contract, including pitchers Dylan Bundy and Mychal Givens and infielder Jonathan Villar, who are eligible for arbitration. The Orioles will try to avoid hearings with the trio.

Graham won’t remain with Orioles in 2019 (with statement)

The Orioles are continuing to make dramatic changes throughout the organization, removing director of player development Brian Graham this morning, according to a source. Graham returned to the organization in October 2007 after serving as the Pirates’ interim general manager and was named director of player development six years later. He had been handling the GM duties for the Orioles on an interim basis after

More on tonight’s deadline and Elias’ radio interview

The latest deadline in baseball’s offseason has arrived tonight with teams needing to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players by 8 p.m. I’ve hit this subject harder than a Chinese food buffet, but hey, let’s review it anyway: The Orioles have three obvious decisions regarding Dylan Bundy, Mychal Givens and Jonathan Villar. They aren’t candidates to be non-tendered and we’ll find out later if executive

Elias addresses managerial search and other topics

The search for a new Orioles manager remains the top priority for executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias. No other task at the moment supersedes it. And while Elias is hesitant to offer too many specifics, he spoke tonight of progress made through the narrowing of his list. Elias, a call-in guest to the “Orioles Hot Stove” radio show on 105.7 The Fan,

Sig Mejdal talks about his arrival in Baltimore and work that awaits

Sig Mejdal had no idea that he’d eventually be working in the Orioles front office when deciding to let his contract with the Astros run out in order to pursue other opportunities. It wasn’t part of some grand scheme to get inside the B&O Warehouse. He can be described as a visionary of sorts, but not in this way. A perfect storm carried Mejdal to

Orioles ink Josh Lucas to minor league deal

Mike Elias has tapped into his Cardinals past to find pitching for the Orioles. The Orioles announced this evening that they’ve signed right-hander Josh Lucas to a minor league contract. The Cardinals drafted him in the 21st round in 2010 and he spent seven seasons in the organization. Elias, hired earlier this month as the Orioles’ executive vice president and general manager, worked in the

Considering challenges of constructing a coaching staff

The Orioles haven’t laid out a time frame for hiring a new manager, with Mike Elias offering confirmation last week during his introduction as executive vice president and general manager. A process too important to be rushed. A list too long to be chopped in hasty fashion. To quote Elias: “It’s not something to rush for the sake of meeting artificial dates in the wintertime.”

Rajsich won’t return to Orioles in 2019

The sweeping changes within the Orioles organization have impacted director of scouting Gary Rajsich. Rajsich won’t return to the Orioles next season, according to multiple sources. The decision was made before his contract expired on Friday. New executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias is in charge of making hires within each department, and scouting is undergoing a major overhaul. Former executive vice president

Orioles outright Vielma

Elgelb Vielma might actually stick with one organization before spring training. The Orioles outrighted Vielma to Triple-A Norfolk this morning after designating him for assignment on Tuesday to create an opening for pitcher Dillon Tate on the 40-man roster. Tate’s contract was purchased from Double-A Bowie to protect him in the Rule 5 draft that’s going to be held on Dec. 13 at the Winter

Important offseasons for Ortiz, Harvey and Hays

The Winter Meetings in Las Vegas get underway in less than two weeks, which will give the local media a chance to begin forging a relationship with new executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias. You can really get to know a person when congregating daily inside his suite and engaging in formal and casual conversations. Learn more about his tactics to construct a

Some leftovers from the Adam Jones tailgate

Orioles reliever Donnie Hart arrived at yesterday morning’s #StayHungry Purple Tailgate with a box of donuts in his hands. He was definitely in the right place. Adam Jones walked up to Hart, reached inside the box and pulled out one of his favorite treats. Glazed are his preference. Nothing too fancy. Jones and his sweet tooth were back in Baltimore because there’s always more charitable

Jones hosts another successful tailgate while uncertain about future

Adam Jones has no idea whether his annual #StayHungry Purple Tailgate will extend to a seventh year in 2019. He doesn’t know where he’ll be playing and whether it will be convenient to get back to Baltimore. Free agency tends to drape a person in uncertainty. Here’s a fact: Today’s event raised a record amount of $125,010 for the Boys and Girls Club of Baltimore

Decisions still pending on Rajsich and others

The Orioles have less than a week to make a decision on director of scouting Gary Rajsich before his contract expires. While the contracts of other employees ended on Oct. 31, Rajsich continues to be paid through November and is awaiting a decision. There have been numerous changes in the baseball operations department, player development and scouting since the Orioles concluded a 115-loss season and

Questions about Beckham, Joseph, Villar, pitching and 40-man

The Orioles have moved back into the slow lane while navigating through the Thanksgiving holiday. They hired Sig Mejdal as an assistant to executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias, which shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone. They selected pitcher Dillon Tate’s contract from Double-A Bowie, which shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone. They signed four players to minor league

Revisiting Elias’ comments on Davis

The Orioles hire a top executive for their baseball operations department and fans wonder how it might impact Chris Davis. Mike Elias brings in Sig Mejdal as an assistant in charge of analytics and fans wonder how it might impact Chris Davis. The managerial search is underway, with Elias already doing background work and tapping into his vast network, and fans wonder how it might

Separating fact from fiction

Before accepting the yearly challenge of consuming as much food as possible without losing consciousness, please take a moment and try to separate Orioles fact from fiction. You won’t need a carving knife. Sig Mejdal ranks among the most, yes, significant hires in recent memory. Fact. And the hire, wait for it, signifies that the Orioles are dead serious about incorporating analytics and taking a

Mejdal joining Orioles front office (note on minor league signings)

The Orioles’ commitment to analytics as a significant aspect of their rebuild has led to Mike Elias’ first hire since being chosen to head the baseball operations department. Sig Mejdal is joining the organization as assistant general manager, analytics, a move that had been anticipated since news broke last week that Elias was the choice as executive vice president and general manager. Only the title

Peterson returns to Orioles on minor league deal

The utility competition in Orioles camp next spring is going to include veteran Jace Peterson. The Orioles have re-signed Peterson to a minor league deal, according to an industry source, and he’s likely to receive an invitation to spring training. Peterson was arbitration-eligible, cleared outright waivers earlier this month and elected free agency. The club has wanted to keep him in the organization, though there

More leftovers before Thanksgiving

While new Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias gets more acquainted with the players on the 40-man roster and throughout the minor league system, he offered his approval of the trades that predecessor Dan Duquette orchestrated to begin the teardown. “Those were the right moves,’’ Elias said at his introduction held Monday morning inside the home clubhouse at Camden Yards. “The team

Orioles put Tate on 40-man roster and DFA Vielma

The Orioles have adjusted their 40-man roster in preparation for the Rule 5 draft, which will be held on Dec. 13 on the final day of the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Pitcher Dillon Tate was placed on the 40-man today, his contract selected from Double-A Bowie, to prohibit teams from taking him. With the roster already full, the Orioles created room by designating infielder

Leftovers on Mike Elias and his plunge into the rebuild

The most impressive trait that Mike Elias exhibited yesterday during his introduction as Orioles executive vice president and general manager was the ability to convey his thoughts on the rebuild, the process that brought him to Baltimore, his knowledge of the city and roster, and the appeal of the job at hand while his head continued to spin. Elias is bound to come across as

Reviewing today’s introduction of Mike Elias at Camden Yards

Mike Elias’ introduction this morning as Orioles executive vice president and general manager lasted 40 minutes and covered a wide range of topics. He also conducted individual interviews with television and radio outlets and met with the beat crew. John and Louis Angelos flanked Elias in an informal conversational setting inside the home clubhouse at Camden Yards, an event that was catered with food and

Positive reviews on Elias accompany today’s intro at Camden Yards

It’s a little premature to begin printing out T-shirts honoring and promoting Mike Elias, the Orioles executive vice president and general manager. He hasn’t made a single move. He hasn’t been introduced to the media, though the wait finally ends today at 11 a.m. However, there are two early nominations for slogans based on what I’ve heard whenever his name comes up in conversation. “You

Questions awaiting Elias at Monday’s introduction

With the news on Friday that Mike Elias had been hired by the Orioles as executive vice president and general manager, anticipation spun into reality, the next set of questions can be tackled at Monday morning’s introduction inside the auxiliary clubhouse at Camden Yards. Among the points that Elias can address: * Is it true that former Astros sabermetrics analyst Sig Mejdal will join the

Looking at a few of the decisions awaiting Elias

The hiring of Mike Elias as executive vice president and general manager doesn’t remove all of the uncertainty attached to the franchise. It barely makes a dent. Elias was the biggest piece, of course, as the person who will run the baseball operations department. Who will assemble the rest of the front office, choose a manager and drag the scouting department into the 21st century.

Elias hired as executive vice president and general manager

The wait is over. To fill the top vacancy in the Orioles’ front office and to reveal his identity and title. The Orioles have hired former Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias as their executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager, with the announcement made this afternoon. He will be introduced to the media at a Monday morning press conference at Camden Yards

Bleier on changes, low expectations and missing ex-teammates

Players who remain in recovery mode from a 115-loss season that left marks on them continue to process the changes that have been made and brace for the ones that are coming. The Orioles chose Mike Elias, who turns 36 next month and hasn’t worked above the assistant level, to replace executive vice president Dan Duquette. He’s allowed to hand-pick the next manager, who won’t

Dauer on Elias’ ability to build a program “from the bottom up”

Former Orioles second baseman Rich Dauer offered a strong endorsement yesterday of Mike Elias, who’s been chosen to head the baseball operations department. Three seasons in Houston as first base coach and infield instructor gave him a nice perspective while Elias rose to assistant general manager and became a hotter commodity. Reached on the phone before attending last night’s reunion of the 1983 World Series

More on Mike Elias’ expected hiring by Orioles (updated)

The title handed to the head of the Orioles’ baseball operations department likely will be tailored to fit Mike Elias. No one associated with the Orioles has confirmed a late-night tweet from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that the club will hire Elias and finally conclude its extensive and methodical search for a replacement for executive vice president Dan Duquette, whose contract wasn’t renewed following a

Bleier: “I should be fully ready to go for games” (plus Elias note)

On the same afternoon that the Orioles activated Richard Bleier from the 60-day disabled list, the reliever was picking up a baseball at Cressey Sports Performance in Jupiter, Fla., and making his first throw since undergoing surgery to repair a Grade 3 tear in his left latissimus dorsi muscle. Bleier posted the video about a week later on his Instagram account, announcing to all of

This, that and the other

Not long ago, I wrote how openings in the Orioles’ front office and scouting department were viewed as having tremendous appeal by a significant number of people in the industry. The delays in making hires weren’t based on a lack of interest. To follow up on it, I talked to someone over the weekend who used the term “a goldmine” to describe the situation. Not

A quizzical look at the Orioles

I’m keeping it simple today while thinking that we could have some news later this week. Just don’t hold me to it. I also predicted that Christmas would come early and now I’m wondering if my source was mistaken. Go ahead and take the latest quiz while you wait. There’s no pressure because I don’t grade them. This is more of an exercise without the

How are the Orioles going to address roster needs?

The following nugget won’t cause your head to snap back in disbelief or bring tremors or have you rushing off to tell your friends. It’s been an assumption that’s backed up by multiple people in the industry as the GM meetings closed this week. The Orioles won’t be major players in free agency. Slow your heartbeats. There’s been no indication that the Orioles will be

Checking on Orioles minor leaguers who became free agents

The current offseason for the Orioles may not seem typical with hires pending in the front office, no manager in place and promises to revamp the entire scouting operation. This isn’t business as usual across the board. However, there are certain tasks that await the club and aren’t influenced by other circumstances. Building up minor league depth is one of the priorities. Trying to find

Qualls staying with Orioles

While there have been significant changes for the Orioles in baseball operations, player development and scouting, the turnover won’t touch Kent Qualls. The Orioles intend to bring back Qualls as director of minor league operations. The same title that he’s held since coming to the organization prior to the 2013 season. Qualls’ past duties have included overseeing the administration of the club’s player development department

Graham wraps up general managers meetings

The process of hiring a head of baseball operations, whatever the title, didn’t interfere with business conducted this week at the general managers meetings. Orioles director of player development Brian Graham, leading the department on an interim basis, flew home this afternoon from Carlsbad, Calif., after the meetings reached their conclusion. Director of baseball operations Tripp Norton also represented the organization. The uncertainty over which

More on front office interviews and another scouting departure

There’s a growing perception that the Orioles are drawing closer to hiring a top executive for their front office. It probably won’t happen by the end of the week, but the process is moving along. The drama isn’t confined to the identity of the hire. The title also is to be determined, which is a major contributor to the confusion. The Orioles were focused on

Providing president reminders in Orioles’ front office interviews

If you’ve shifted to the edge of your seat waiting for the Orioles to announce a hiring, sit back and try to relax for at least a few more days. Nothing is imminent. Nothing is likely to happen this week as the GM meetings run their course. The interview process hasn’t reached its conclusion, which allows more time for fans to become confused over the

Scouts Jim Howard and Dave Engle seem safe with Orioles

The massive shakeup in the Orioles’ scouting department hasn’t bounced Jim Howard and Dave Engle from the organization. Howard and Engle, serving as major league scouts, are expected to remain with the Orioles. Meanwhile, personnel in the department who no longer will be employed by the club next season include director of professional scouting and special projects Patrick Di Gregory, special assistant Matt Haas, major

Taking a morning quiz

Rather than dump out the entire mailbag today and try to come up with a fresh sequel title, I’m going to pull out a couple of the heavy repeats and attempt to eliminate whatever confusion lingers in the air like the odor from a hardboiled egg. Let’s go with a true or false format. As opposed to truth or dare, which could get weird around

Could Trumbo become trade chip later?

The number of Orioles free agents is miniscule, with only Adam Jones and Colby Rasmus representing - and the latter feels like a mere technicality after the club placed him on the restricted list and he headed home to be with his family. Mark Trumbo will be eligible after next year’s World Series, with the team he’s leaving to be determined. Though he’s currently with

Updating the 40-man roster and pending decisions

A full 40-man roster has left the Orioles with another set of decisions to make while creating room for players leading into the Rule 5 draft and eventual outside acquisitions via trades and free agency. The deadline to non-tender players is Nov. 30 and the Orioles must figure out whether to give raises to infielder Tim Beckham and catcher Caleb Joseph. They’re the ones who

Orioles re-sign Gilmartin to minor league deal

Sean Gilmartin’s exit from the Orioles organization lasted one day. The Orioles have re-signed the left-hander to a minor league contract after including him yesterday among four players outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Gilmartin and infielder Jace Peterson declined the assignment and elected free agency. Pitcher Gabriel Ynoa and infielder Corban Joseph agreed to terms on minor league deals for 2019. All four players cleared outright

What’s on today’s agenda? (updated)

The important offseason dates in Major League Baseball include today’s 5 p.m. deadline for teams to extend the qualifying offer to their own free agents, which reportedly has grown to $17.9 million. The Orioles will pass on Adam Jones and Colby Rasmus. A front office that remains under construction also will remove pitchers Richard Bleier and Pedro Araujo and outfielders Mark Trumbo and Austin Hays

More on Orioles’ 40-man roster and personnel changes (updated)

The Orioles’ 40-man roster continues to hold 39 players after the Mariners claimed outfielder John Andreoli yesterday afternoon. However, it’s going down to 36 with pitcher Sean Gilmartin and infielders Jace Peterson and Corban Joseph also on outright waivers, their names appearing on the wire. Pitcher Gabriel Ynoa is on the 60-day disabled list, but he won’t be activated and placed on the 40-man. None

More changes coming to Orioles front office and scouting

The Orioles sorted through their Halloween candy last night and found a bunch of Whoppers and Dum Dums. One family sneaked in a box of raisins. Someone else gave out apples. This is what happens when you lose 115 games. The full-size Hershey bars go to the winners. I got a rock. A new month leaves several Orioles employees without contracts, the expiration dates striking

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