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A look around the AL East, which has added two big sluggers

While Orioles fans had a long wait this winter for the club to add any starting pitching, Red Sox fans had a long wait for their club to match the New York Yankees’ big move. Match or at least try to. The Yankees stunned the baseball world in adding Giancarlo Stanton, the 2017 National League MVP, on Dec. 11. Well over two months later, the

An early spring training guess at the opening day roster

Since it is never too early to try and predict the opening day 25-man Orioles roster, let’s take a shot today. Yes, it is likely that more players will get added and there could be other changes, injuries and/or trades. So we take a shot as of the morning of Feb. 27. Everything is subject to change. Starting rotation (5): Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, Andrew

The backstory on one of the greatest moves in Orioles history

The Orioles may be coming off a season where their poor pitching contributed heavily to a last-place finish, but over the course of the club’s history, they’ve had plenty of quality pitchers. This history includes a Hall of Famer in Jim Palmer and four pitchers that have won Cy Young Awards. Palmer won three (1973, ‘75, ‘76) and other winners included Mike Flanagan (1979) Steve

The latest odds and Cortes with a nice debut

If you want to make a wager on the Orioles to win the American League East, you’ll get 12-1 odds right now through the online sportsbook Bovada. Here are the odds released earlier this week. Meanwhile, eight teams are listed ahead of the Orioles with odds in terms of winning this year’s AL championship. AL East - Odds to win New York Yankees - 1/1

Can Mike Wright follow Chris Tillman’s path to a turnaround?

There was once an Orioles right-handed pitcher that was a pretty decent prospect and a top 100 draft pick. But he struggled badly in his first three seasons in the majors and fans lost confidence in him. Mike Wright? Right? Well yes, but before him there was Chris Tillman. From 2009-11 - Tillman’s first three big league seasons - he went 7-15 with an ERA

The O’s-Tillman reunion, AL East rotations, prospects talk

So Chris Tillman and the Orioles finally reached an agreement on a one-year contract and the pitcher that started three straight opening days for the club is back. Tillman got a $3 million guarantee and can reportedly earn another $7 million with innings incentives. If this was his only major league contract offer, he did well with a shot to make $10 million a year

Yefry Ramírez made nice first impression with his new team

For now, he might get lost in the shuffle amid dozens of pitchers in spring training. But after being acquired by the Orioles last July 31, right-hander Yefry Ramírez might have a shot to make the big leagues during the 2018 season. He was 10-3 with a 3.41 ERA for Double-A Trenton when the Orioles acquired him from the New York Yankees for international bonus

Some Chris Tillman talk, a late-night deal and the week in review

The Orioles could re-sign right-hander Chris Tillman any day now. Or he could go to another team. If he winds up back with the Orioles, my question would be: What took so long? Even in this slow market, couldn’t we have expected Tillman and the Orioles to decide if they wanted a reunion or not by now? This one indeed has been dragging out. If

At this point, expectations are low for the 2018 Orioles

Fans of the Orioles are used to low expectations for their team. Have the Orioles ever been predicted recently to win the American League East? Maybe by a random reporter/analyst or two over the years, but not often. And that goes back to a year they were the defending AL East champs. But this year, coming off a season where the Orioles featured a 5.70

Orioles announce minor league staff for 2018 season

The Orioles today announced their minor league staff for the 2018 season. Ron Johnson will return to manage at Triple-A Norfolk and Gary Kendall is back with Double-A Bowie. Ryan Minor is now the skipper at Single-A Frederick and Buck Britton is a first-year manager at Single-A Delmarva. Among the short-season clubs, Kevin Bradshaw will manage at Single-A Aberdeen, Carlos Tosca is skipper for the

In limited innings, Cashner had some success versus AL East

From the “For what it’s worth ...” department, new Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner had decent numbers last year and has solid numbers in his career against the American League East. Yes, that comes in a small sample size for a pitcher that spent seven of his first eight seasons in the National League. But last season for Texas he made five starts against the four

A few thoughts on O’s addition of pitcher Andrew Cashner

The Orioles have finally added to their starting rotation, getting a pitcher that had a strong season in 2017 on a short-term contract. And then there were three established pitchers in the five-man rotation. As first reported by MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko, the O’s have added right-hander Andrew Cashner on a two-year deal worth a guaranteed $16 million. ESPN.com and SB Nation reported that the deal

A scout’s tale: Jim Howard is a longtime Oriole

In December, we began a new series in this space. We are introducing you to some Orioles scouts before the new season begins. Some fans may not even know their names. Hopefully, after reading this and upcoming posts, you’ll know a lot more than that. So on we go ... When the Orioles ended a 14-year run of losing seasons and returned to the playoffs

After September debut, does Austin Hays make the opening day roster?

When the Orioles get their full squad into spring training camp, we will begin to find out if rookie Austin Hays is going to begin the 2018 season as the club’s everyday right fielder, wind up in a reserve role or head back to the farm for more minor league seasoning. Door No. 3 - more seasoning in the minors - is not necessarily the

The Darvish deal: Good signing by the Cubs or big risk?

When the Chicago Cubs agreed to terms with free agent right-hander Yu Darvish to a six-year deal worth $126 million, did they made a great move? After all, they added a pitcher pending a physical that is considered to be the top hurler on the free agent market - and one considered a No. 1 pitcher - for less than projected in November. They also

One pitcher looks for a strong first impression, another for a new role

When spring training begins this week, 25-year-old right-hander Michael Kelly enters camp as an Orioles newcomer that adds some pitching depth to the roster. He would like to end camp as someone that makes a strong enough first impression to get a shot at some point this year on the major league roster. Kelly has yet to pitch in the majors. The Orioles signed him

Week in review: Harsh words exchanged, free agent batters and more

In looking back on the last week of stories here and revisting a few, we spent some time discussing the harsh words exchanged recently by the players and owners, looked at some lefty-batting free agents and also looked at the latest PECOTA projections. On Monday, we discussed some recent statements issued, including one by the Major League Baseball Players Assocation and one by prominent agent

When the music stops, who gets a chair in O’s rotation?

So with spring training camps set to open next week, the free agent market is still flush with players, and that includes plenty of pitchers. Back in October and November - knowing the Orioles have three openings in their rotation - we profiled nine free agent starters. Of those nine, five are still out there. The four that off are off the market:* Tyler Chatwood,

There are five Orioles on this top 100, plus quick takes

When several top 100 prospects lists came out recently, the Orioles placed three players on the Baseball America top 100 with Austin Hays at No. 21, Chance Sisco at No. 68 and Ryan Mountcastle at No. 71. They placed two each on lists from ESPN, Baseball Prospectus and MLBPipeline.com. They placed just Hays at No. 90 on FanGraphs.com. Interestingly enough, when another top 100 list

Once again, PECOTA not bullish on the O’s, plus other notes

Would it surprise you to know that the New York Yankees have not won the American League East since the 2012 season? Baltimore, Boston and Toronto have all won the East since New York was last on top by two games over the Orioles, with 95 to 93 wins, in 2012. The Yankees would go on to beat the Orioles that fall in the AL

Can the Orioles now take the next step with Schoop?

The Orioles and one of their top players made news yesterday when the club signed him for the 2018 season. He was already under team control - that we knew - but now we know that second baseman Jonathan Schoop’s 2018 salary will be $8.5 million. The two sides avoided arbitration and any ill will such a hearing could have caused. There was already the

A look at a few lefty-batting free agent outfielders

The Orioles have indicated they are planning to add another left-handed batter. It sure seems that the acquisition could also be an outfielder and maybe a right fielder. Three outfielders that the club has shown some interest in this winter include Carlos González, Jon Jay and Jarrod Dyson. All three are free agents and all three may only get one-year deals or two years at

The cold free agent market has led to some hot takes

The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement Sunday saying that reports of the players boycotting spring training are false and they’ve not recommended such plans. But the fact that the MLBPA was inclined to even issue a statement is the latest sign that these are turbulent times in the sport. The players’ side is stirred up about both the lack of free agent

Here’s a prediction that Machado-Schoop will be a stellar double play combo

With the announcement that Manny Machado will play shortstop this season, did the Orioles create one of baseball’s best double play combinations for the 2018 season? According to this story on MLB.com, they did. Reporter Anthony Castrovince, using stat projections for offense and defense for the coming season, ranked the best DP combos in the sport. Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve of the World Series-winning

Can Chris Davis combat the shift, plus more on Andrew Susac

Whenever there is discussion about the Orioles offense, it seems almost all roads lead back to first baseman Chris Davis and his struggles of the last two years. He is a focal point - that comes with the big contract he signed. Of course, there is a lot more to any offense than just one player, but Davis is a key player no doubt. As

O’s add catching depth, acquire Andrew Susac via trade

The Orioles today added to their catching depth when they acquired Andrew Susac from the Brewers for a player to be named or cash considerations. Susac has been added to the club’s 40-man roster, which is now at a full 40. He was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Jan. 30 to make room for right-hander Matt Albers. Throw another player into the mix

In 2018, Hunter Harvey finds out how far his long road back takes him

Here is an interesting fact about Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey. He has already been ranked by Baseball America among the club’s top four prospects four times. This despite having never pitched through a full season and having not yet pitched above low Single-A baseball. Clearly there is plenty of talent and potential here even if there is not yet an abundance of innings or

Dylan Bundy on 2017 season, moving to top of rotation and more

After two full seasons in the majors and one as a full-time starter, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy has moved up the rotation depth chart. The 25-year-old Bundy is No. 1 or No. 2 right now. He can count like the rest of us and realizes the club has two - and only two - established starters locked into the rotation at the moment. He, like

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