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Wei-Yin Chen and the Art of Changing Speeds

On Tuesday, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports published a short column suggesting Wei-Yin Chen could be among the first free agent pitchers to sign. The column also included that agent Scott Boras is prepared to make the case that Chen is worth a higher AAV than what Rick Porcello earned last offseason, putting his yearly price tag north of $20 million. When Morosi sent out a tweet that...
Via Fangraphs
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Orioles Re-Acquire OF L.J. Hoes

The Baltimore Orioles have reportedly re-acquired L.J. Hoes from the Houston Astros, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The outfielder goes back to the Orioles for cash considerations. Hoes was traded by Baltimore for starting pitcher Bud Norris at the 2013 trade deadline, and struggled to get meaningful playing time with the Astros. Lj hoes […]
Via Baseball Essential
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Baseball players hit women too

Baseball joins the domestic violence conversation.
Via Baseball Prospectus
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Seeking Clarity on Gerardo Parra’s Defense

Gerardo Parra‘s out there right now as a free agent and soon, a team will sign him to play somewhere in the outfield. Plenty of teams have been linked to Parra, and understandably so. He’s entering just his age-29 season, he’s something like a league average hitter who started to lift the ball to the pull field and hit for some power last year, he’s played all three outfield...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Peter Angelos personally involved in bringing back Chris Davis

With a generally weak free agent class as far as power in concerned, one team owner is taking a personal interest in bringing back the top slugger in the American League, according to Buster Olney. Orioles owner Peter Angelos personally involved in the team's effort to re-sign Chris Davis — which must happen for O's to have a chance. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 23...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sources: Orioles Discussing Deals with Reds, Pirates

Facing a tough offseason ahead, Dan Duquette and the Baltimore Orioles will need to find creative (and in some cases, cheap) ways to fill open holes on their team. With a number of major free agents, the O’s caught a huge break, when catcher Matt Wieters accepted his $15.8 million qualifying offer. With names like Chris […]
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A realistic look at the Orioles’ Chris Davis hopes

Earlier this week, Steve Melewski of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network did some fun payroll math for the 2016 Baltimore Orioles. After some analysis, Melewski concluded that the Orioles, who have only $57.6 million absolutely set in stone ($16.3 million for Adam Jones, $15.8 million for Matt Wieters, $13.0 million for Ubaldo Jimenez, and $12.5 million […]
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Davis is a free agent risk

Chris Davis is a man of prodigious strength. His efforts, or sometimes lack thereof, have been chronicled by FanGraphs multiple times. Since Davis’ first season with the Baltimore Orioles in 2012, he leads all of major league baseball with 159 home runs and only Edwin Encarnacion is even within 20 home runs of him. Just 10 players are within 50 home runs of Davis over the last...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective. A player can be deemed movable for any of the following reasons: production (or lack thereof), current and future...
Via The Sports Post
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Aubrey Huff making a comeback after three-year layoff

Aubrey Huff captured in his final major-league season in 2012 with the San Francisco Giants. Jason O. Watson Getty ImagesFour years after celebrating a World Series victory with the San Francisco Giants in 2012, Aubrey Huff hopes to be donning a major-league uniform once again in 2016.Huff, who officially announced his retirement in January 2014 after not playing for a major-league...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles' Wieters reportedly accepts team's qualifying offer

Matt Wieters has spent his entire seven-season major-league career with Baltimore. G Fiume Getty Images North AmericaFree-agent catcher Matt Wieters will accept the Baltimore Orioles' qualifying offer, CBS Sports first reported. Winters takes $15.8M, should perform better second year after Tommy John, then re-enter weak market. Good news for #Orioles.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox interested in free-agent reliever Darren O'Day

The market for Darren O’Day is developing quickly, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. The free-agent reliever reportedly has contract offers in hand and will be talking with managers in the week ahead. Are the Boston Red Sox among those interested in O’Day? It sure seems that way, according to reports. Darren O'Day regarded as best FA reliever + is generating a lot of...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

SQ Winter Blueprint: Baltimore Orioles

2015 Summary In essence, the Orioles were unable to translate the momentum of a division-winning season into 2015. Career-years from pitchers Bud Norris and Chris Tillman in 2014 were encored with inflated ERAs and the inability to throw strikes, including Norris being designated for assignment on July 31. The O's failed to replicate the production of Nelson Cruz, who signed a...
Via The Sports Quotient
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles, MASN win judgement against Nationals in latest battle over rights fees

The battle between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals over rights fees for Nationals games on MASN (which the Orioles have a majority stake in) took another step forward this week, but is still nowhere close to being solved. On Wednesday, New York state Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Marks favored MASN and the Orioles in regards to an arbitration ruling in favor...
Via Awful Announcing
20 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kevin Millar admits he faked phone calls to dodge autograph seekers

Kevin Millar was a fan favorite during his playing days with the Boston Red Sox. But apparently his popularity sometimes forced him to take drastic measures. The former first baseman, who spent three seasons with the Red Sox and was part of Boston’s magical World Series run in 2004, recently was a guest on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” alongside ex-player Sean Casey. The...
October 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Baltimore SS J.J. Hardy played through a torn labrum all season

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has been playing injured all year. Hardy admitted to the Baltimore Sun he’s played the entire season with a torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder. Hardy’s isn’t opting for surgery – instead he’s going to rest and hope that heals it quickly. Hardy’s gone thought this before, as he’s already had the surgery to repair...
Via The Outside Corner
October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Munenori Kawasaki too drunk for English questions

It has been a magical year for the Toronto Blue Jays. The team clinched their first division title since 1993 and is peaking at the right time heading into the postseason. The Jays demolished the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday 15-2 and won the AL East title. With a record of 92-66, the team has a great chance to have home-field advantage leading up to the World Series. Players...
Via The Sports Daily
October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Baltimore Orioles

Maybe it was because they weren’t able to sneak up on anyone again this year or maybe it was because they weren’t that good to begin with, but either way the Baltimore Orioles were one of the more disappointing teams of the 2015 season.  Manager Buck Showalter could not work his magic this year and the defending AL East champions may not even finish at .500. Is this just a down...
Via The Outside Corner
September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Nationals suspend Papelbon for rest of season for Harper fight

Jonathan Papelbon’s season is over. The Washington Nationals announced Monday they’ve suspended the right-handed pitcher four games for his actions in an altercation with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper on Sunday. Additionally, Papelbon agreed to drop the appeal of his three-game suspension from Major League Baseball for throwing at Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado...
September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon suspended for throwing at Manny Machado

Major League Baseball on Friday announced that Washington Nationals reliever Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended three games and is subject to an undisclosed fine for “intentionally throwing in the head area” of Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. WSH RHP Papelbon has received a 3-gm suspension for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Manny Machado...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Manny Machado calls Papelbon a ‘coward’ after being hit

    Manny Machado played the role of hero Wednesday night when he blasted a two-run homer in the seventh inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 4-3 lead — one they would not relinquish — over the Washington Nationals. Two innings later, Jonathan Papelbon made Machado pay the price. And Manny was steaming. Papelbon was ejected in the ninth after he hit Machado in the arm...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Rafael Palmeiro stages a comeback alongside son

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Rafael Palmeiro. Matter of fact, the former big leaguer has been virtually invisible since he last swung the lumber in the Majors a little more than ten years ago. Until now. Thursday, the Sugar Land Skeeters announced that the 50-year-old slugger would be joining the team for their final three games of the season. Palmeiro’s son Patrick...
Via Hall of Very Good
September 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Rafael Palmeiro coming out of retirement to play in game with son

Don’t call it a comeback. Seriously, don’t. It’s been a decade since 50-year-old Rafael Palmeiro donned a baseball uniform, but he’s coming out of retirement in order to play in one ballgame with his son. The Sugar Land Skeeters, no strangers to publicity stunts tied to making unconventional signings, announced in a press release that Palmeiro has been signed for the...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

For the Baltmore Orioles, it was fun while it lasted

The Orioles were not a team of destiny a season ago. They were just really damn good.    Ninety-six wins is evidence enough, but a club that's able to run away with a perennially close AL East—with Manny Machado, Matt Wieters and Chris Davis all absent during the grind of September and October—is certainly one to be respected.  Had it not been for a historically...
Via The Sports Quotient
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

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