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Tuesday Links: Checking in on AL East rivals; Baltimore Orioles edition

It’s been a pretty quiet offseason for the defending American League East champions so far this winter. The Baltimore Orioles, who finished the 2014 season with a 96-66 record, have done more subtracting than adding, as the team has watched Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis find new homes. After signing a one year contract last winter, Cruz enjoyed a 40 home run season in 2014 and...
Via Fire Brand AL
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Matt Wieters and Orioles not pressing for contract extension

GI Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will be ready to play on Opening Day reports Nick Cafardo. Wieters status of opening day has been in question after manager Buck Showalter said it was possible that the catcher would not be ready for opening day. Coming back from Tommy John surgery the agent for Wieters, Scott Boras, said he would be ready. The Orioles are still looking for an option...
Via Tireball.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Orioles add lefty Wright for one year.

photo:Baltimoresun.com Orioles fans have been a little uneasy these past few weeks. With other teams making a plethora of moves and the front office standing pat, the tone on most sport outlets in town is one of angst and pessimism. The loss of the most dominant reliever in Andrew Miller to the Yankees was certainly the start of the depression and woe in Charm City. While it wasn’t...
Via DC Sports-Kings
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nick Hundley unlikely to return to Orioles, Scott Downs lands with Indians, Asdrubal Cabrera suitors

The changes of catcher Nick Hundley returning to the Orioles continue to decrease. According to MASN Sports’ Rock Kubatko Hundley has a two-year offer on the table from another team. Hundley served as a fill-in last year when Matt Wieters went down hitting .243/.273/.358 on the year between the Orioles and Padres. There was hope that the Orioles could get him as a cheap option...
Via Tireball.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wright and Orioles finalize $1.7 million, 1-year contract

BALTIMORE (AP) Reliever Wesley Wright and the Baltimore Orioles have finalized a $1.7 million, one-year contract. The deal, announced Friday, includes a $50,000 performance bonus if the left-hander appears in 60 games. The 29-year-old had a 3.17 ERA in 58 games with the Chicago Cubs in 2014, his third straight season with at least 55 appearances. He allowed two home runs in 48 1...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Assessing Steve Pearce’s Breakout

Does Steve Pearce's high ball prowess mean good things for his future in Baltimore?
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Manuel Declines Offer to be Orioles Hitting Coach

He apparently gave it some thought, but decided against returning to the majors. According to a tweet from Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Charlie Manuel declined the Baltimore Orioles offer to be their hitting coach. Manuel, who turns 71 in January, was let go by the Phillies on August 16, 2013, making way for current manager Ryne Sandberg. He always mentioned wanting to stay...
Via Phillies Nation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Showalter: Chris Davis gets nod from MLB to use Adderall

  Orioles manager Buck Showalter says Chris Davis will be allowed to use Adderall next season after the first baseman received a 25-game suspension this year for using the drug. Speaking to reporters at a holiday party Tuesday, Showalter said Davis told him he has received a therapeutic use exemption for Adderall in 2015. Major League Baseball suspended Davis for 25 games on Sept...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB clears Chris Davis to use Adderall in 2015

            Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis has received clearance from Major League Baseball to use Adderall in the 2015 season, manager Buck Showalter told reporters Tuesday. “That’s just what he told me,” Showalter said during a meeting with reporters at the OriolesREACH Holiday Party for Kids on Tuesday. “He told...
Via Sports-Glory
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles still want Charlie Manuel to be their hitting coach

The last time Charlie Manuel was in a baseball dugout was July 2012. Then, the Philadelphia Phillies fired him and made Ryne Sandberg the new manager. Manuel, then rejoined the Phillies as a senior adviser to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Even though, Manuel has not been in the dugout for a while now, he is still getting offers from teams such as the Baltimore Orioles. In November...
Via Total Sports Live
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Davis gets an exemption to use Adderall

Last season Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was suspended 25 games for using adderall. Davis played the 2013 season with an exemption to use adderall but did not receive an exemption for the 2014 season. Appearing on The Fan 105.7 Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Davis had received an exemption for the 2015 season. Buck just told 105.7 The Fan that Chris Davis got approved...
Via Tireball.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles Are Still Reportedly Targeting Charlie Manuel For Hitting Coach

The Baltimore Orioles continue their search for a hitting coach to replace the departed Jim Presley, who was reassigned within the Baltimore Orioles organization. It is not the first time, but former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is linked to the job once again. According to Roch Kubakto of MASN, Manuel...
Via Philliedelphia
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Logan Verrett selected by Baltimore Orioles in Rule V Draft

The Baltimore Orioles selected New York Mets RHP Logan Verrett in the MLB Rule V Draft. Verrett, 24, joined the Mets organization in 2011 as a 3rd round selection in the MLB amateur draft. Verrett has posted a 3.89 ERA in 69 minor league starts. The Baylor University product is a master of control having walked only 1.7 BB/9 in his career, which compliments his 7.1 K/9. He will compete...
Via Around Citi
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #193: Kevin Gausman | SP | BAL

The Orioles enjoyed quite a season in 2014, eventually falling to the Cinderella story Kansas City Royals in the ALCS. The Orioles did so mostly on the back of their bats, but Kevin Gausman was able to contribute with 20 starts in 2014 with his strongest baseball down the stretch in September and October. The Orioles expect big things out of him for the 2015 season. Gausman was...
Via Baseball Professor
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles rumors: Winter Meetings and the Rule 5 Draft

The Winter Meetings are underway in San Diego, California, and a few blockbuster contracts have already been signed. Most notably, former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester is now a member of the Chicago Cubs, something that very few Orioles fans will complain about. Lester’s signing opens up the rest of the pitching market, as the Orioles narrow in on a few targets. Despite having been...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cespedes To Orioles For SP Wei-Yin Chen?

(USATSI)WEEI.com's Rob Bradford is reporting that the Baltimore Orioles have interest in a trade for OF Yoenis Cespedes. While it's all speculation at this point, the player returning to Boston could be starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen. Both players are eligible for free agency after the 2015 season—making it a fairly balanced swap. The Orioles are in serious need of offense—having...
Via FenwayNation
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles Injury Update: Matt Wieters has 'good chance' to play Opening Day

The Baltimore Orioles had a very successful 2014 season in which they won 96 games before being swept by the Kansas City Royals in the ALDS. Manager Buck Showalter received AL Manager of the Year honors. Looking to bolster their roster this winter, the Orioles also look to be healthy come spring training. One player who is progressing nicely is veteran catcher Matt Wieters,...
Via Sports Injury Alert
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Orioles seem destined to move pitching

After already losing both Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis this offseason, the Baltimore Orioles  are looking to improve their offense with some bats this winter. As a result, the team seems destined to trade some of their pitching depth. They’ve already chatted with both the Rockies and Angels about acquiring Drew Stubbs and Howie Kendrick, but neither deal ended up happening (at...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Hall of Fame Golden Era analysis

At the Winter Meetings in San Diego, the Hall of Fame could open its doors to someone on Monday. Could Gil Hodges finally make the Hall of Fame on Monday? That’s because 10 Golden Era candidates are up for election to be part of the Class of 2015. 12 votes out of a 16-member committee would cement Hall of Fame status. Nine players and one executive are on the ballot. If recent...
Via isportsweb.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles’ Rumors: Wei-Yin Chen, Nori Aoki

The Baltimore Orioles are feeling at the moment that trade interest in left-handed pitcher Wei-Yin Chen is “very high,” as they are receiving more calls regarding trading for him than any other player on their roster, including right-handed pitchers Ubaldo Jimenez and Bud Norris, who is also garnering some interest, according to a report by Dan Connolly of MASN Sports. Not only...
Via Baseball Essential
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew Miller agrees to four-year, $36M deal with Yankees

The New York Yankees have struck for the second time today, reportedly inking reliever Andrew Miller to a four-year, $36 million deal. Andrew Miller has agreed to a 4-year, $36 million deal with the Yankees, according to source involved in negotiations. — Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) December 5, 2014   New York’s signing of the 29-year Miller is a coup for the club, mostly...
Via The Outside Corner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles rumors: What’s next after Cruz and Markakis?

Baltimore Orioles fans have been dealt two large blows in the past week, losing free agent outfielders Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis to the Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves, respectively. These two core members of the 2014 Orioles team, which won the AL East and advanced to the ALCS, both chose to go elsewhere for a more lucrative paycheck. The loss of two players of high caliber—Cruz...
Via isportsweb.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves continue to baffle, sign Nick Markakis for four years

I don’t know what the Atlanta Braves are doing this winter. They just signed former Oriole Nick Markakis to a four-year deal worth $44 million. Source: OF Nick Markakis agrees to four-year deal with Atlanta Braves. Dollars unclear, but sides discussed a deal in neighborhood of $44M. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 3, 2014   When people hear the name “Nick Markakis”...
Via The Outside Corner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves cause head scratching with Nick Markakis signing

Over the last few days, rumors circulated that the Braves were pushing hard to sign Nick Markakis, so this morning, Mike Petriello wrote up a piece on Markakis’ value, questioning just MLB teams see in him that we don’t see. He didn’t find an answer, and besides durability, I don’t really have one either, but […]
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

What Are We Missing About Nick Markakis?

There’s not a contract agreement yet or even an indication that one is close, but one thing seems clear about this particular baseball offseason: There might not be a larger gap between our perception and the conversations we’re hearing in the real world than in those regarding Nick Markakis. A few weeks ago, it seemed like the […]
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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