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As O’s search for pitching, will some of these names be on their list?

Well, left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ is getting a three-year, $36 million deal from Toronto, while Detroit has agreed with right-hander Jordan Zimmermann on a deal reportedly for five years and $110 million. Of those two, Happ got more than I would have figured and Zimmermann actually got less. Detroit will have to give up a draft pick for signing Zimmermann, but it will be a

Andy MacPhail’s take on pitching from years ago still holds true

Former Orioles executive Andy MacPhail said pitching was fragile and expensive, thus the “grow the arms” philosophy. Try to develop your own young and lower-salaried pitchers rather than overpay for those with another team. He was sure right about the expensive part. As of Friday, J.A. Happ is earning on average $12 million per season to pitch from 2016-18 for the Toronto Blue Jays. When

O’s current group of players will need to improve for better 2016 season

There is so much discussion and speculation right now about what players the Orioles may look to sign and/or re-sign. We’ll all wait to see how this offseason is going to play out for the team. But, especially with the starting pitching staff, next year’s Orioles are also going to need better production from a few players to be a good team in 2016. When

MLB’s next labor contract could address the schedule, roster size and more

There is labor peace in Major League Baseball. There was a time when that was not close to true, but now it is. Since April, 1995 there has been one work stoppage in the National Football League, two in the National Hockey League and three in the National Basketball Association. During that time span, there were none in MLB. The players and owners obviously don’t

A few quick turkey day thoughts

Happy Thanksgiving, Birdland! I hope everyone has a healthy and happy day today with family and friends. Hope it is your best turkey day yet. I’ve said it here dozens of times, but what is one more? I’m very thankful for the great O’s community we have here, and the wonderful debates and discussions daily about the Orioles. I appreciate every reader every day. Thanks

Pondering Zach Britton’s future as Orioles’ closer

It would appear almost a certainty that Orioles closer Zach Britton will return to the team in that role for the 2016 season. But there are some fans and readers who have wondered if Britton could help the team as a starting pitcher. Others wonder what he could bring back in a trade after seeing the Craig Kimbrel deal. On Nov. 13, the Red Sox

Some discussion on Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy and Darren O’Day

Pondering some questions today. They are about three key members of the 2015 Orioles, only two of whom we can be fairly certain will be on the 2016 team. Is there any reason to be concerned about Adam Jones?: He did hit .269, his lowest batting average since 2007, and produce his fewest doubles (25) and homers (27) since 2010 and 2011, respectively. But Jones

Orioles have a solid core group of players to build around

The hot stove season is about to really heat up and there is so much focus on potential additions to all teams. Which players can they add and how much better will that make them? There has been plenty of discussion about the Orioles and whether they can retain some of their own free agents. If not, which players might they pursue through trades and/or

In need of outfielders, will O’s stay in house?

He became the 1,000th player in Orioles history when he made his debut with the club on Aug. 1. But now will he will be among the first to leave this offseason? What to do with free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra? The day before that debut, Parra was acquired from Milwaukee for Triple-A right-handed pitcher Zach Davies to help shore up the O’s corner outfield.

Another look at how three O’s pitchers got added to the 40-man roster

On his way to making the Orioles’ 40-man roster, 24-year-old right-hander Parker Bridwell may have found some consistency. He has heard the criticism often. Some nights, he has electric stuff and then a week later he gets rocked. He was called inconsistent. It is a label he’d like to leave in the rear-view mirror. Added to the 40-man roster yesterday along with pitchers Chris Lee

It’s an exciting day for the newest members of O’s 40-man roster

That first call-up to the major leagues is always a very special day in any player’s career. But a big day that comes before that is when a player is added to the organization’s 40-man roster for the first time. It happened to three Orioles minor league pitchers today as the club added left-hander Chris Lee and right-handers Parker Bridwell and Andrew Triggs. This means

Some Chris Davis and 40-man roster talk

Are the Orioles facing a possible either/or scenario with first baseman Chris Davis? Are they looking at a situation where they can either sign him, or not sign him and add two or more players with that money? Recently, we looked at an early projection for an Orioles 2015 payroll. With the club looking for starting pitching and outfield help, not to mention possibly re-signing

A look at a pitcher who once didn’t look like a Cy Young winner (plus an O’Day take)

You would think a pitcher that wins a Cy Young Award would probably be a high draft pick, got a big-dollar signing bonus and never pitched to an ERA of 5.00 or more in the majors leagues. You might think that, but then check out Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros. The bearded one won that award last night. Jim Stevenson is the scout that

When is the right time to lock up a core player?

The San Francisco Giants made a move yesterday that seems to be playing to solid reviews, locking up one of their core players for the future. They signed shortstop Brandon Crawford to a six-year contract extension worth $75 million. The Giants signed him for his two remaining arbitration seasons and bought out four free agent years. Crawford is a homegrown player, drafted by the Giants

A look at Orioles players in the Arizona Fall League

For six players from the Orioles minor leagues, their time in the Arizona Fall League is almost over. They’ve played for the Peoria Javelinas, who are 12-12 with three games left and cannot finish in first place. But the six have gained valuable high-level experience. Orioles director of player development Brian Graham was recently in Arizona and I asked him about the O’s prospects out

A look at some Orioles payroll math

One look at the Orioles’ projected payroll for next year leads me to this conclusion: To get what they need to get done, the payroll very likely will have to increase in 2016. The Orioles have four players with salaries locked in for the 2016 season: * $16.3 million - Adam Jones * $15.8 million - Matt Wieters * $13.0 million - Ubaldo Jimenez *

Bowie hitting coach talks about some minor league batters

About a week ago, I wrote about Double-A Bowie hitting coach Keith Bodie and how he fit in very well in his first season in the Orioles organization in 2015. Bodie has had a long and strong career in pro ball. During my visit with Bodie, we talked about a few Bowie hitters during the Eastern League playoffs. To no surprise, Bodie is pretty high

A look at Matt Wieters taking the qualifying offer and Boston’s addition of a closer

When news of Matt Wieters accepting the Orioles’ qualifying offer spread yesterday afternoon, some fans immediately feared this meant the Orioles would have less money to sign Chris Davis or other free agents. Well, Wieters made $8.3 million last year and through arbitration, had he been an arbitration-eligible player this year, his salary probably would have increased to $10-$11 million. So this is no huge

Can teams win without an ace pitcher? (Plus a take on Wieters)

Here are two pitching stats for a team in the 2015 regular season. This team had a starting rotation ERA of 4.34 to rank 12th in the American League. The same team got 912 2/3 innings from its starting pitchers this year to rank last in the AL. Was the team the Orioles? No, the team is the Kansas City Royals and they won the

A few notes and quotes with Dan Duquette, Chance Sisco and Wei-Yin Chen

A few notes and quotes in today’s entry: The Duke: Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette was a guest Wednesday on MLB Network with host Chris Russo from the general managers meetings and was asked if some moves are expected to happen fast in the trade and free agent markets: “Well, this is going to happen pretty quickly between now and the Winter Meetings (in

Will the Orioles make a big play for Darren O’Day?

It seems there is already substantial interest in free agent reliever Darren O’Day, an Oriole for the last four seasons and one whose highest ERA with the club was the 2.28 he posted in 2012. He’s had a rock-solid four years with the club and he even made the All-Star team in 2015 as a set-up man. That is rare. O’Day went 6-2 with a

Manny Machado wins AL Gold Glove at third base (with quotes)

For the second time in his career, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is a Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner. The results were announced tonight during a live broadcast on ESPN2. Machado won over the other two American League finalists - Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays and Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers. Machado also won a Gold Glove at third in 2013 when

In free agency, the timing is pretty important, too

We’ve seen predictions about where some of the key free agents may sign and predictions for the contract values, but one element we would have a hard time predicting is exactly when these contracts will be signed. The timing of the deals could impact other moves teams make. Take the Orioles, for instance. If they are truly going to be a player for first baseman

Dylan Bundy scratched from today’s AFL start

Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy has been scratched from his scheduled start today in the Arizona Fall League. It was to be his third outing in the AFL. “He has a little tightness in his forearm,” said Orioles director of player development Bran Graham, who is in Arizona today. “He’s fine, no injury. Just some tightness, so we backed off. It’s day to day.

A look at players the Orioles may protect from the Rule 5 draft

The Rule 5 draft is the last event of the Winter Meetings and it is now about a month away. This year it takes place on Dec. 10 in Nashville. Any player selected in this draft must remain on the selecting team’s 25-man roster for the entire 2016 season or be offered back to his original club. Players are eligible for selection in the Rule

A look at some of the free agent predictions

By my count, the Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers led the majors by making three qualifying offers each. The Nationals, Cardinals and Padres made two QOs each and eight different teams made one offer each. Again, if I have figured correctly, only three teams (San Diego, Seattle, Chicago White Sox) that made qualifying offers won fewer than 81 games last year. Those three teams (with

Bodie at Bowie: New to O’s in 2015, Bodie did solid job with Baysox (plus qualifying offer notes)

There were many reasons the Double-A Bowie Baysox won their first Eastern League championship this season. The great leadership of manager Gary Kendall and his coaching staff and the strong performances of so many players were pretty important. But there was one man who was there for all of it and did some solid work out of the media spotlight. But as I talked to

One year after posting a career-best ERA, Miguel Gonzalez posted his career worst

So why did Miguel Gonzalez pitch so well in 2014, and for much of his first three years with the Orioles, only to struggle in 2015? Was it all about injuries? Did the league catch up to him? If so, why didn’t that happen during the 2014 season? Is his stuff just not good enough? At one time, it seemed Gonzalez was the Orioles’ most

A look at Manny Machado’s season and possible future defensive destination

On Aug. 31, we saw something on the diamond for the first time and something that we could see often in the future. We saw Manny Machado start at shortstop for the Orioles. It was his first major league start at short and his first professional start at the position since Aug. 8, 2012 with Double-A Bowie. While J.J. Hardy is signed through 2017 with

Notes on Adrian Marin, World Series odds, Statcast numbers and more (Almanzar note)

Taking some time today to check on a hot hitter in the Arizona Fall League, along with a few other notes: Swinging a hot bat: Once ranked as the Orioles’ No. 10 prospect, shortstop Adrian Marin’s stock has fallen a bit after he hit .232 and .238 the last two years at Single-A Frederick. But the 21-year-old Marin is on quite a roll right now

In AFL, Dylan Bundy and Tanner Scott show their stuff and future promise

Right-hander Dylan Bundy’s seven-pitch outing in the Arizona Fall League yesterday certainly attracted attention. Even though he got three outs so fast that if you blinked, you may have missed it, some fans were no doubt excited that Bundy was back on a mound. It was his first outing in a game since he pitched four scoreless innings for Double-A Bowie on May 21 at

Another look at the Orioles’ six free agents

Let the free agent shopping begin. The Kansas City Royals are the 2015 World Series champs after scoring two runs in the ninth last night to tie the Mets and then five in the 12th for a 7-2 win. Kansas City won its first championship since 1985 in five games. With the end of the World Series, players that were pending free agents are now

World Series game blog: Mets rally behind Murphy, now they need to rally in series

Second baseman Daniel Murphy was a big reason why the New York Mets got to the World Series. So when he was also a big reason why the Mets lost critical Game 4 last night, it was good to see his teammates didn’t forget that. Murphy’s error on an easy grounder allowed Kansas City to tie the game 3-3 in the eighth inning last night.

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