Orioles Rumors & News

  • Orioles sign Rafael Palmeiro's son, Patrick, to minor league deal

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles made a small move last week by signing a big-name independent league player, adding Patrick Palmeiro, son of former slugger Rafael Palmeiro, to a minor league contract. Patrick Palmeiro, 26, played in 2015 for the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters of the Atlantic League after three..." February 09

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Sources: Orioles, 2 other teams in talks for Yovani Gallardo. Rockies not thought to be in the mix.

  • Yovani Gallardo again under consideration for the Orioles

    Masn "Just when it appeared that the Orioles had no interest in surrendering their first pick in the draft, they definitely are reconsidering as right-hander Yovani Gallardo remains on the free agent market. The latest shift in thinking apparently has occurred within the past week. They're checking..." February 07

  • Orioles Avoid Arbitration With Zach Britton

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have agreed to a $6.75MM salary to avoid arbitration with closer Zach Britton, Jon Heyman reports on Twitter. He was projected by MLBTR to earn $6.9MM, and his ultimate settlement point lands at the precise midpoint between his $7.9MM and the club’s $5.6MM filing numbers. " February 06

  • Orioles rumors: Team still interested in signing Yovani Gallardo

    Camden Chat "It is February 4. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in less than two weeks. The Orioles interest in free agent starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo has not yet been put to bed at this late date. That's the latest according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, who writes that sources tell him..." February 05

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    Roch Kubatko @masnRoch

    Sources: #orioles have traded minor league pitcher JC Cosme to #padres for a major league pitcher. Not Cashner.

  • Orioles acquire right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from Padres for minor league pitcher

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles acquired right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from the San Diego Padres for minor league pitcher Jean Cosme on Thursday, adding an optionable piece who has started and relieved in the majors over the past two seasons. Executive vice president Dan Duquette said Despaigne, a sinker-ball..." February 04

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

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    Roch Kubatko @masnRoch

    Matusz filed at $4.4 mil and #orioles countered at $3.5 mil. Signs for $3.9 million

  • Orioles have expressed interest in free-agent right-hander Tim Lincecum

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles are still looking to upgrade their starting rotation, and are “one of several teams” that have expressed interest in free-agent right-hander Tim Lincecum, according to an industry source. The level of the their interest -- beyond inquiring about the health of the two-time National..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Orioles sign left-hander Hideki Okajima to minor league deal

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles have signed Japanese left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima to a minor league deal, according to an industry source. The deal with Okajima, who turned 40 in December, does not include a major league spring training invitation. He will report to the Orioles’ minor league camp in..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Orioles farm system lags far behind AL East rivals for quality, quantity of top prospects

    Camden Chat "The woeful state of the Orioles farm system is made apparent with the release of each league-wide prospect list. Though the tune of people whose paychecks are signed by the Orioles is a positive one, the judgement of independent evaluators is clear. The O's organization is lacking in both players..." February 02

  • Orioles look for a starter

    ESPN "It has been a busy offseason for the Baltimore Orioles, who did a solid job of retaining quality free agents such as Chris Davis, Matt Wieters and Darren O'Day. But did that come at the expense of the rotation? With spring training just a few weeks away, the Orioles are still looking to add a..." February 02

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs

    MLB.com "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Orioles interested in Andrew Cashner

    MLB Daily Dish "The Orioles have interest in trading for Padres starter Andrew Cashner, according to a report from Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com. San Diego is reportedly willing to trade starting pitching, with Cashner, Tyson Ross and James Shields among the potential names on the block. Baltimore is known to..." February 01

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Orioles minor league infielder Ramon Ramirez killed in motorcycle accident

    Hardball Talk "Tragic news out of the Dominican Republic. According to Roch Kubatko of MASN, Orioles minor league infielder Ramon Ramirez was killed Saturday in his native country when a motorcycle being piloted by Ramirez was struck by another vehicle." January 31

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    sources: Orioles were a 3rd team in on cespedes Friday. (unsure if there were more). Like nats, O's had 5-yr bid on table.

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • Orioles acquire outfielder Efren Navarro from Angels

    Hardball Talk "Last week the Angels designated outfielder/first baseman Efren Navarro for assignment and now they’ve traded him to the Orioles for cash considerations. Navarro never hit much in four limited stints with the Angels, batting a combined .246 with one homer and a .627 OPS in 280 plate appearances..." January 27

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

  • Orioles fans largely glad to see Chris Davis back, disappointed it took so long

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles fans are glad to see that first baseman Chris Davis will remain in Baltimore long term after the 29-year-old slugger made his club-record seven-year, $161 million deal official Thursday, but there are mixed reactions regarding the events that led to his return. Some were disappointed it..." January 25

  • Duquette: O’s Unlikely To Surrender Draft Pick For Free Agent

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have been connected to free-agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo for much of the winter, but general manager Dan Duquette said today in an appearance on MLB Network Radio that the team’s preference is to retain its first-round pick — the No. 14 overall selection (links to Twitter). Asked..." January 22

  • O's boy! Chris Davis' club-record $161M deal official

    MLB.com "The Orioles announced the signing of Chris Davis to a club-record seven-year, $161 million contract on Thursday, with plans for an official news conference slated for 7 p.m. ET. Davis, who arrived in Baltimore earlier this week, agreed to terms over the weekend and spent the better portion of..." January 22

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    BREAKING: #Rays are close to signing Steve Pearce to a 1-year deal, just pending a physical. Would get DH at-bats, play 1B vs. LHP, some OF

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • Orioles, Astros reportedly interested in Yovani Gallardo

    Sporting News "RUMOR: The Astros and Orioles have entered the race to sign Yovani Gallardo, the top remaining free-agent starting pitcher. REPORTED BY: MLB Network's Jon Heyman DETAILS: Teams have shown varying interest in Gallardo throughout the offseason, but whether they didn't like what they saw or..." January 21

  • What's next for Orioles' rotation?

    MLB.com "While the Orioles crossed a major item off their to-do list over the weekend, in agreeing to terms on a seven-year deal to bring back Chris Davis, the rotation is still a priority. Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has said all offseason that the club is..." January 20

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    Orioles and astros are among teams looking at Yovani Gallardo, the top remaining free agent starter

  • Source: Antonio Bastardo’s Market Heating Up; Four Teams Interested

    Baseball Essential "The market for free agent reliever Antonio Bastardo is beginning to heat up, with the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets all interested, according to a league source. Bastardo’s market has been somewhat quiet this offseason, but with it heating up, he..." January 20

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, law360.com reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

  • Baltimore restaurant offers Cespedes free crabs for life

    Yahoo! Sports "On Friday, MLB insider Jon Heyman reported that the Baltimore Orioles had offered free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes a five-year contract worth around $90MM. It was also reported Friday by ESPN's Jerry Crasnick that Cespedes has been seeking a six-year deal worth around $22MM annually,..." January 18

  • Orioles, Royals overpay just to keep pace

    The Score "It isn't easy trying to win a playoff spot. It certainly isn't cheap, either. The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals learned that the hard way Saturday, when they spent a combined $231 million just to keep their heads above water. The big contracts handed out to Chris Davis (seven..." January 17

  • Orioles to pay Davis through 2037

    The Score "The Baltimore Orioles paid a steep price to bring back the muscle from their 2015 lineup, and according to reports, they'll be on the hook for that money well beyond the duration of Chris Davis' new contract. Davis will receive annual installments of $17 million per season over the duration of..." January 17

  • Chris Davis, Orioles agree to 7-year deal worth $161M

    ESPN "Chris Davis and the Orioles have agreed to a seven-year, $161 million deal for the slugger to remain in Baltimore, according to a report Saturday by the MLB Network. Davis, 29, spent parts of the last five seasons with Baltimore before filing for free agency after the 2015 season." January 17

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    Eduardo A. Encina @EddieInTheYard

    With Davis now in the fold, it appears that the #Orioles would now only consider signing Cespedes for a deal of two years or less.

  • For the Orioles to contend, the young starters must step up

    CBS Sports "The Orioles of course have reportedly re-upped with power-hitting first baseman Chris Davis. That's a good thing, insofar as their designs on contention in 2016 are concerned. However, what may determine whether Baltimore seriously contends for a playoff berth is how the youngest members of the..." January 16

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Some with #Orioles like Fister, who likely will get two years with no loss of pick. Here, again, is my column: https://t.co/zeAf4y7zCL

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Davis gets full no-trade clause from #Orioles. No opt-out in his deal.

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