Looks like Rakuten is not giving up on Tanaka. Hochi says they are going to offer him an $8m salary. http://t.co/PJRk1Cqa0U
Forbes.com "It was a very good year for Major League Baseball; as in historic. According to a source speaking on condition of anonymity, for 2013 MLB gross revenues will exceed $8 billion for the first time, ever. While exact figures were not revealed, baseball will end 2013 with revenues between $8-$8.5..." December 17
Balfour deal with #orioles: 2 years, $14 million with $500,000 deferred each year. Per source.
Baltimore Sun "The longest tenured Oriole looks like he has left for pinstripes. Veteran second baseman Brian Roberts, who has played his entire 13-year career with the Orioles and has been the face of the franchise through many of those seasons, has agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million plus incentives..." December 17
CBSSports.com "With Monday's official announcement that Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have agreed to a new posting system, the focus now shifts completely to whether or not phenom Masahiro Tanaka will be posted. We know his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, want to keep him, though..." December 17
Sources: Balfour close to joining #Orioles on two-year contract.
SB Nation "Major League Baseball announced a new system that will change the way Japanese baseball players join the league. The new agreement will bring drastic change to the previous posting system. Before, NPB teams would post players who wanted to make the move to MLB. MLB teams would then place blind..." December 17
SOURCE: In addition to trying to sign Balfour, Orioles are exploring options to trade infielder Danny Valencia.
Baltimore Sun "The Orioles made a significant attempt to bring Gavin Floyd home to Baltimore, according to an industry source, but the free-agent right-hander decided on a lesser, shorter deal with the Atlanta Braves in order to re-enter the open market again next winter. The 30-year-old Floyd, who grew up in..." December 16
Florida Times Union "Former baseball star and Jacksonville native Ryan Freel was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last year, his family announced Sunday at a mass remembering the Englewood graduate. The report from the Boston University..." December 16
CSN Baltimore "About three-quarters of the top-ranked free agents are committed now. That leaves about 15 of the top 50 unsigned, and while the Orioles have been mentioned with some of them—Bronson Arroyo, A.J. Burnett, Kendrys Morales, there are many decent players unsigned. Leaving out closers since those..." December 15
SOURCE: Orioles offered Balfour a three-year deal at a little lower price with option to make additional $500K. Balfour sitting on it.
Baltimore Sun "The Orioles have acquired minor league catcher David Freitas as the player to be named later in the deal that sent closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics for infielder Jemile Weeks last week. Freitas, 24, was selected in the 15th round out of the University of Hawaii by the Washington..." December 14
Hardball Talk "MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles are feeling out free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett‘s interest in prolonging his career. If the right-hander wants to go for one more season, the Orioles will want to start a discussion. Kubatko adds that the O’s already met with representatives of Burnett..." December 14
SI.com "The Hot Stove quickly cooled from a scalding first week of December to a lukewarm second week, despite the occurrence of the annual winter meetings. In fact, in the age of modern telecommunication, offseason activity may even slow down with everyone under the same roof. "Everybody just holds their..." December 13
CSN Baltimore "Grant Balfour isn’t with the Orioles. As of yet, he isn’t with anyone else. Is Balfour worth a possible three-year contract? Is any reliever? It may take a three-year deal for the Orioles to attract Balfour. It isn’t clear who the other teams in the Balfour scrum are, but if a team offers..." December 13
Also can confirm the Orioles have a multi-year on the table w/ closer Grant Balfour. Duq seemed pretty confident today they'd land 1 soon.
Hardball Talk "Looking to get his career back on track following a terrible season split between two teams, Michael Morse has agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants. Morse got off to a great start this year, but then hit just .201 with five homers and a .584 OPS in 64 games after May 1 while missing time..." December 12
Baltimore Sun "The Orioles finally made an acquisition Thursday morning, but their first move of the winter meetings wasn’t a free agent signing or a key trade. They selected a player in the Rule 5 draft. The Orioles picked third baseman Michael Almanzar from the Boston Red Sox in the major league portion of..." December 12
It looks unlikely Raul Ibanez will be back in Seattle. Considering offers from multiple contenders. Among teams linked w/ him: Bal, Atl, NYY
Hardball Talk "Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson just announced that the MLB Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate. The decision is now subject to approval by the players. If the players do not approve the rule change it will not go into effect in 2014, but MLB would be able to unilaterally..." December 11
CBSSports.com "The Orioles have offers out to at least free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz and reliever Grant Balfour as they try to fill about four holes. Baltimore is believed to be willing to make Cruz a four-year offer in the range of the $60-million deal Curtis Granderson got from the Mets, perhaps a bit..." December 11
Hardball Talk "At a time when concussions have become the most significant injury on the minds of athletes, coaches, teams and — increasingly — the legal system, baseball will move today to consider abolishing home plate collisions. As Derrick Goold reported this morning, this past weekend, team trainers and..." December 11
CBSSports.com "The Orioles and Mets are among the many teams with interest in free agent left-hander Johan Santana, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Santana, 34, did not pitch at all in 2013 after having surgery to repair a..." December 10
Agreement in place between NPB-MLB on new posting system. Last hurdle is MLB exec council must approve, which is expected this week
Indians among teams with interest in FA reliever John Axford. Mariners, Orioles, Cubs have also been linked to him. Has closing experience.
CBSSports.com "Less than a week after trading Jim Johnson to the Athletics, the Orioles have interest in free agent closers John Axford and Grant Balfour, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Heyman notes Chris Perez could be a fit as well. Johnson, who led baseball in both saves (50) and blown saves (nine)..." December 09
The #Orioles will announce Webb tomorrow but they still want to sign a closer.
MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
#Yankees have talked to Brian Roberts agent. Could just be kicking the ol' tires. I hear they need a second baseman.
Duquette didn't close door on Brian Roberts return but likes in house candidates for 2B. Flaherty especially #Orioles
#Orioles make Francisco Peguero signing official. Now 38 players on 40 man
Sources: #Nationals agree with free-agent OF Nate McLouth on two-year contract, pending physical.
Source: Feldman agrees with #Astros, three years, $30 million, pending physical.
Actual scoop! Source confirms #Orioles have agreement with Ryan Webb for 2-year deal worth $4.5 million, pending physical.
Sources: Orioles active in free agent talks for bats and arms; have interest in Shin-Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz and Ubaldo Jimenez. @FOXSports1
Hearing teams need to be in 3-year, $30 million range to engage on Scott Feldman. Yes, the price of starting pitching is high.
Sources: #Orioles willing to give up 1st-round pick (No. 17 overall) for right FA. In play for Beltran, N. Cruz, etc. - if willing to spend.
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
Os have removed Jason Pridie and Eddie Gamboa from the 40-man also while tendering the other 6 players a contract
Jim Johnson trade was an obvious salary dump for Baltimore. Source said Orioles could be using money to pursue outfielder Nelson Cruz.
CBSSports.com "The Athletics have acquired right-hander Jim Johnson from the Orioles for second baseman Jemile Weeks, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has confirmed. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the deal. Baltimore was reportedly shopping their closer for salary relief in recent weeks. Johnson, 30,..." December 03