Orioles Rumors & News

  • Jones: Buck should have used Britton in WC Game

    MLB.com "Perhaps because Adam Jones considers Buck Showalter one of his best friends in baseball, the Orioles' center fielder felt he could be candid about the manager's much-scrutinized decision not to deploy Zach Britton in the American League Wild Card Game against the Blue Jays this past..." December 03

  • Will waiting on free agents work for the Orioles this year?

    Fanrag Sports "The free agent market is heating up. Yoenis Cespedes has just signed, setting the market for the highest-profile position player available this offseason, and now as the Winter Meetings loom the rest of Major League Baseball’s teams are getting serious — whether with free agents themselves, or in..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • Orioles to non-tender Vance Worley?

    ESPN "The Orioles acquired right-hander Logan Verrett in a deal with the New York Mets, a trade that could signal the end of Vance Worley's tenure in Baltimore, reports Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com. Friday is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players, and..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • New York in 'full pursuit' for Rich Hill, Boston 'in mix,'

    Mass Live "ESPN's Jim Bowden is reporting that the New York Yankees are among four teams "in full pursuit" of free agent starting pitcher Rich Hill while the Boston Red Sox are one of two teams "in the mix to a lesser degree." Bowden reported: "Rich Hill has four teams that are all 'in' full pursuit of..." November 30

  • Mets Trade Verrett To Orioles, Reportedly Looking To Deal Bruce Or Granderson

    CBS New York "The Mets traded pitcher Logan Verrett to the Orioles on Wednesday and are reportedly trying to deal one of their left-handed-hitting outfielders. The Mets will receive an undisclosed sum of cash in exchange for Verrett, a right-hander who went 3-8 with a 5.20 ERA in 35 appearances, including 12..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Matt Wieters suffered arm injury in ‘household accident’

    Larry Brown Sports "Free agent catcher Matt Wieters is going to miss some offseason workout time after he suffered a left forearm injury. But this isn’t just any forearm injury — it’s one you would only expect from a pro baseball player. Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that Wieters sustained a cut on..." November 22

  • Orioles hire Roger McDowell as pitching coach, name Alan Mills bullpen coach

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles' lengthy search for a new pitching coach ended Tuesday with the announcement that longtime Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell will join the organization in that same role. Alan Mills, who has been the pitching coach for the Orioles' Double-A affiliate in Bowie, will be the..." November 22

  • Orioles interested in reunion with Hundley

    MLB Trade Rumors "With Matt Wieters hitting the open market this winter, the Orioles “definitely have an interest” in a reunion with Nick Hundley, according to Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com. A deal with Hundley would mark the veteran’s second tour of duty with Baltimore, as he was one of the team’s primary..." November 21

  • Rays Have “Serious Interest” In Steve Pearce

    MLB Trade Rumors "In need of a right-handed hitter after trading Richie Shaffer to the Mariners on Friday, the Rays have “serious interest” in reuniting with free agent utilityman Steve Pearce, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The Rays are one of at least three teams in pursuit of Pearce, who has..." November 20

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Showalter regrets not using Britton in wild-card game

    Barstool Sports Chicago "Not a big Buck Showalter guy. I think he’s a great manager — one of the best in the game, actually — but he turned me off once he started bitching and moaning about other teams having large payrolls, even though Baltimore had the eighth highest payroll in baseball this year. Back in 2011,..." November 16

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Mark Trumbo rejects Orioles’ qualifying offer

    Masn "Outfielder Mark Trumbo figures to draw significant interest in the free agent market and is ready to test it. Trumbo has rejected the Orioles’ qualifying offer, walking away from a guaranteed $17.2 million in exchange for longer-term security. The Orioles want to re-sign Trumbo and are..." November 14

  • Examining the market for Mark Trumbo if he doesn't return to the Orioles on qualifying offer

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles will find out for sure Monday whether they’ll have slugging outfielder Mark Trumbo back on a one-year, $17.2 million contract next year thanks to the qualifying offer process, or whether he’ll instead be a free agent, returning on a longer-term deal or not at all. With catcher Matt..." November 14

  • Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson will not return in 2017

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles have yet another coaching position to fill this offseason. Rick Peterson -- a well-known former major league pitching coach who has served as the Orioles director of pitching development for the past five seasons – will not return for 2017. “I appreciate Rick Peterson’s effort..." November 12

  • Orioles in pursuit of Josh Reddick

    Hardball Talk "Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Orioles are in pursuit of free agent outfielder Josh Reddick. Reddick, 29, played only 115 games between the Athletics and Dodgers due to finger and back injuries. He performed better with the A’s, putting up an .816 OPS in 272 plate appearances. With..." November 11

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • Buck Showalter 'shocked' Zach Britton wasn't a Cy Young finalist

    Sporting News "Orioles reliever Zach Britton had one of the best seasons by a reliever in MLB history. That he wasn't an MVP candidate, or even a Cy Young Award finalist, has left his manager, Buck Showalter, in disbelief. "First of all, he should be in the top three in the [AL] MVP voting," Showalter said..." November 08

  • Orioles Interested In Ian Desmond

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles are interested in free agent Ian Desmond as a potential corner outfield option in 2017 and beyond, reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network (Twitter link). Obviously, the interest that any team expresses in a free agent is going to be largely preliminary at this juncture of the offseason,..." November 08

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08

  • Ken Rosenthal’s Top 10 MLB offseason trade targets

    Fox Sports "The silver lining to the weak free-agent market, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the likelihood that teams will respond by making a large number of trades. What other alternative is there, really? The free-agent market is deep in relievers and right-handed hitters, but that’s about it...." November 07

  • Orioles will not offer Matt Wieters qualifying offer

    Today's Knuckleball "Indications are, the Orioles will not extend the $17.2 million qualifying offer to free agent All-Star catcher Matt Wieters, which could lead to the end of the longtime Oriole’s Baltimore tenure. Teams have until 5 p.m. ET to extend the one-year offer, which if accepted, would tie player to..." November 07

  • Hot-stove survey: MLB execs answer questions on Sale, Braun and others

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's general managers have wasted little time getting to work since Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez for the final out of the World Series. The street sweepers have barely cleaned up from the Chicago Cubs' victory parade, and outfielder Cameron Maybin Starting Monday,..." November 07

  • Late Fernandez headlines Comeback Player of the Year finalists

    MLB Players "The common thread among the finalists for the Players Choice Award as Comeback Player in each league was perseverance. The six finalists, three in each league, pushed themselves to overcome obstacles and return to top performance levels on the field in 2016. Some reached new heights. In the..." November 04

  • Bullpen coach Dom Chiti leaving Orioles to join Braves, reuniting with Dave Wallace

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles will be searching for not only a new pitching coach this offseason, but also a new bullpen coach as Dom Chiti is leaving his position to take a job with the Atlanta Braves, according to industry sources. Chiti will rejoin the Braves as the team’s senior director of pitching, a role..." November 03

  • Orioles still deciding on qualifying offer for Wieters

    Masn "It comes as no surprise that the Orioles continue to ponder whether they should make a qualifying offer to catcher Matt Wieters. They’ve had internal debates since he accepted the last one. I’ve heard that they’re weighing both sides and I sense that they may be leaning more toward not giving..." November 01

  • Britton, Jansen earn Reliever of Year honors

    MLB.com "Zach Britton of the Orioles and Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers were named winners of the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award and the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award, respectively, in a ceremony by Major League Baseball and presenting sponsor The..." October 30

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • Brach undergoes minor procedure on left knee

    Masn "Orioles reliever Brad Brach underwent a minor medical procedure last week involving the meniscus in his left knee. Nothing complicated and apparently no reason for concern. Ravens team physician Dr. Leigh Ann Curl performed the surgery, which Brach was told lasted only seven to 10..." October 20

  • Bautista, Encarnacion may be done with Blue Jays, here's where they could land

    CBS Sports "Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre, the 2016 Blue Jays season came to an unceremonious end with a loss to the Indians in Game 5 of the best-of-seven ALCS (CLE 3, TOR 0). Toronto is the first team to lose the ALCS in back-to-back years since the Mariners in 2000 and 2001. "This group's come a..." October 20

  • Beer-throwing suspect no longer employed by Canadian media outlet

    The Globe and Mail "The man who allegedly threw a beer can toward an outfielder during a Toronto Blue Jays playoff game no longer works for Postmedia. “Ken Pagan has left Postmedia,” spokeswoman Georgia Sourtzis said in a brief email. Mr. Pagan, who worked as a sports copy editor at Postmedia in Hamilton, was..." October 17

  • MLB auctioning off ‘game-used’ Zach Britton playoff jersey

    Sportsnet "Buck Showalter’s decision not to use all-star closer Zach Britton in the Baltimore Orioles‘ wild-card game loss to the Toronto Blue Jays will go down in history as a massive managerial blunder. Now there’s a chance for someone to get their hands on that piece of history. Major League..." October 14

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • Utility infielder Paul Janish accepts outright assignment to minors

    Baltimore Sun "Utility infielder Paul Janish, who was designated for assignment on Friday, will remain in the Orioles organization. Janish cleared waivers and accepted a minor league assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. Because he had a previous outright, Janish could have refused the assignment and elected free..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

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