Orioles Rumors & News

  • O’s GM Dan Duquette: O’s fans really, really hate Jose Bautista

    Hardball Talk "Over the winter Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said that he would not pursue free agent outfielder Jose Bautista because Orioles fans didn’t like him. Whether that’s the real reason, as opposed to matters of cost, the team’s needs and Bautista’s value as a player going forward, is only..." March 22

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Brady Anderson’s role with Orioles a topic of debate

    Fox Sports "His title is vice president of baseball operations. The Orioles list him No. 2 on their front-office depth chart, just under executive VP Dan Duquette. But to Brady Anderson, a role that typically equates to assistant general manager is not enough. “I made up my mind early on that I’m not going..." March 20

  • Orioles' Tillman expected to be out until late April

    MLB.com "Manager Buck Showalter said that right-handed starter Chris Tillman, who had a cortisone shot in his right shoulder last Wednesday, will begin long tossing on Wednesday and should toss again on Friday. Tillman, 28, who hasn't pitched in Spring Training, won't be ready to start the season for..." March 19

  • Bryce Harper vs. Manny Machado: Who would you rather have?

    ESPN "Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will play in different cities over the next 20 months, for different teams, manning different positions in different leagues. But all the while, they will be competing against each other directly, just as if they were faced off in a one-on-one pickup game for..." March 19

  • Zach Britton not questioning manager after wild-card loss

    ESPN "Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton says he never felt Buck Showalter needed to talk to him about why he didn't pitch in the American League wild-card game, "or explain it to me or justify his reasons." In a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Showalter used Mychal Givens, Donnie Hart, Brad..." March 19

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Orioles Machado looking more and more like MLB’s first $400 million man

    Fanrag Sports "One scout who attended last weekend’s World Baseball Classic games at Marlins Park had a very brief but telling assessment of Manny Machado’s performance. “He just made himself baseball’s first $400-million man,” said the scout, who works for a National League team, after Machado went 5-for-14..." March 14

  • Buck Showalter on Pedro Alvarez outfield transition: 'I'm going to be surprised if he can't do it'

    Baltimore Sun "Newly-signed and freshly-christened outfielder Pedro Alvarez arrived at Orioles camp Monday and manager Buck Showalter believes the transition to his new position, which the team broached with him last year before he hit free agency, will be a good one. “We talked about it last September, about..." March 13

  • Chris Tillman misses bullpen session because of antibiotic side effects

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman's scheduled bullpen session Saturday morning was pushed back until Sunday to see if antibiotics he’d been taking were impacting how his sore right shoulder felt. Manager Buck Showalter said Friday that the session is pivotal to him returning on schedule in..." March 12

  • The Orioles are reportedly going to try the newly re-signed Pedro Alvarez in outfield

    MLB Trade Rumors "For the second straight offseason, Pedro Alvarez lingered on the free-agent market until March, and for the second straight season, the slugger has found a home with the Orioles. Alvarez has reportedly agreed to a minor league deal to return to Baltimore. His contract contains a $2MM base salary..." March 11

  • Pagan had agreement with Orioles before issue with physical

    Fanrag Sports "Free agent outfielder Angel Pagan had an agreement with the Orioles before an issue with the physical scuttled‎ the deal, sources tell FanRag Sports. It isn‎’t known when the physical took place or what issue came up, but Pagan is obviously well enough to play the outfield for Team Puerto Rico..." March 11

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • Showalter sees the 'end of the tunnel' in managerial career

    USA Today "You can see Buck Showalter’s face tighten at the first mention of October’s wild-card shootout against the Blue Jays. He’s knows what’s coming. He’s got the question – and answer – memorized. Buck’s eyes flash a "Don’t Go There" warning when asked to relive the 11th inning of a tie game against..." February 28

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • Oblique no longer an issue for Britton

    MLB.com "Zach Britton's oblique soreness is gone. A day after he threw a bullpen session on Monday, the Orioles' star closer complained of discomfort in his left side. Britton said on Sunday morning that with the pain gone, he was ready to get started. "Nothing beyond today, but I'm going to go out..." February 26

  • Orioles re-sign Paul Janish to minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Orioles signed free agent shortstop Paul Janish to another minor league deal on Saturday, reports Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. The contract includes an invite to spring training. It’s hardly a surprising move for the Orioles, who have released and re-signed the 34-year-old infielder to..." February 25

  • Orioles' Michael Bourn out four weeks with broken finger, Welington Castillo scratched

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles suffered their first freak injury of spring training Saturday when outfielder Michael Bourn was diagnosed with a broken right ring finger suffered while catching a football after Friday’s workout in Sarasota. Bourn is expected to miss four weeks, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said,..." February 25

  • Orioles executive: Trump should apologize before throwing out a first pitch

    USA Today "A Baltimore Orioles executive says he'd prefer President Trump not throw out a first pitch at Camden Yards without first apologizing for statements that could be viewed as problematic "from a race, ethnicity, religious, gender, disability" standpoint. John Angelos, son of owner Peter Angelos..." February 24

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Orioles acquire Vidal Nuno from Dodgers

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles added another piece to their pitching depth Sunday, acquiring left-handed reliever Vidal Nuño in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Orioles will send minor league right-hander Ryan Moseley, who pitched at short-season Class-A Aberdeen last season, to the Dodgers in the..." February 20

  • Despite rivalry, Machado reached out to Ventura's family following death

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles third baseman Manny Machado reached out to the family of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura in the days following the right-hander’s death in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic this offseason. During a June game against the Royals at Camden Yards, Machado charged the mound..." February 18

  • Brad Brach Wins Arbitration Hearing Against Orioles

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-hander Brad Brach won his arbitration hearing against the Orioles yesterday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports (via Twitter). As a result, he’ll earn the $3.05MM that he and agent Brian Charles of Big League Management proposed instead of the $2.525MM proposed by the team. Brach’s salary..." February 17

  • L.J. Hoes suspended 50 games for a drug of abuse

    Baltimore Sun "Former Orioles outfielder L.J. Hoes received a 50-game suspension on Wednesday for violating minor league baseball’s drug program after testing positive for a drug of abuse for the second time in his career. Hoes – a Prince George’s County native who was the Orioles’ minor league player of the..." February 16

  • Chris Tillman's shoulder issue will test Orioles' rotation depth early in 2017

    CBS Sports "The Baltimore Orioles opened spring training Monday and have already received some bad news. Right-hander Chris Tillman is still recovering from a shoulder issue and won't be ready to begin the regular season. MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli has the details. Tillman missed a little more than two..." February 15

  • Heyman: Orioles reach deal with 3B-1B Juan Francisco

    Fanrag Sports "The Baltimore Orioles have reached a deal with 3B/1B Juan Francisco, sources confirm to FanRag Sports. Mibelt Rodriguez was the first to report the deal. Francisco, who turns 30 in June, last played in 2014 for the Toronto Blue Jays. What originally began as a minor league contract turned into..." February 15

  • 5 MLB teams that could disappoint in 2017

    Yardbarker "Pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training, and most teams have at least some optimism for the 2017 season. Some teams have higher hopes than others, with playoff appearances and World Series contention on their minds. Only ten teams can play into October, though, and here are a few..." February 14

  • Duquette responds to Jones' claim that Orioles' OF lacks athleticism

    MLB.com "Orioles center fielder Adam Jones made headlines at FanFest in January when he called for better, more athletic personnel in the outfield. On Monday, O's executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Jones hadn't talked to him about his displeasure with the team's attempt to..." February 14

  • Orioles, Chris Johnson agree to minor-league deal

    CBS Baltimore "The Baltimore Orioles have signed Chris Johnson to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Johnson, 32, is the son of Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson. Though he’s primarily a third baseman, Johnson also has played first base in the majors and five innings in the outfield." February 13

  • Matt Wieters is drawing interest from the Rays

    Hardball Talk "The Rays are rumored to be one of the “new teams” in on veteran catcher Matt Wieters, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. It’s no secret that Wieters’ market is shrinking as the offseason wears on, which has most often been attributed to his declining offense over the past two years, lingering..." February 13

  • Mets send Ynoa to Orioles in exchange for cash

    MLB.com "Facing a 40-man roster crunch, the Mets traded pitching prospect Gabriel Ynoa to the Orioles for cash on Friday. Ynoa was No. 18 on the Mets' 2016 Top 30 Prospects list and made his big league debut in 2016, starting three games and coming out of the bullpen in seven others. He finished with a..." February 10

  • Why is veteran catcher Matt Wieters still on the free-agent market?

    Fox Sports "Every time I quote Scott Boras at length in a story about an unsigned Scott Boras client, I hear it from club officials, fans, even reporters. So, here we are with catcher Matt Wieters, who is by far the best remaining player in this year’s free-agent market, and still available with..." February 09

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Twins sign Drew Stubbs to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Twins have signed outfielder Drew Stubbs to a minor league contract, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. Stubbs, 32, spent the 2016 season with the Braves, Rangers, and Orioles. " February 08

  • More on Andino signing, arbitration negotiations, remaining business

    Masn "While the Orioles continue their search for another outfielder and still intend to upgrade their pitching depth, they’ve addressed the need for infield depth by signing Johnny Giavotella and Robert Andino to minor league deals. Both players figure to begin the 2017 season at Triple-A Norfolk..." February 07

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Blue Jays’ AL East rivals nearing completion of off-season moves

    Sportsnet "After months of steady activity, the pace of off-season moves has finally slowed around Major League Baseball. There are still signings, of course—baseball’s transactional churn has become a 12-month-a-year reality—but at this point we’re discussing Carlos Villanueva instead of Carlos Beltran,..." February 06

  • Orioles, Gausman avoid arbitration with $3.45M deal

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles settled with right-hander Kevin Gausman on a $3.45 million contract for 2017, according to an industry source, allowing the club to avoid salary arbitration with one of its brightest young stars. Gausman, who is in his first year of arbitration, was set for a hearing this week after..." February 05

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Adam Jones: “The market is really, really crazy”

    Masn "Adam Jones won’t reach free agency, barring an extension on his contract, until the conclusion of the 2018 season. It doesn’t tap him on the shoulder, but he can feel its presence. Jones has stated that whether he stays in Baltimore depends on the front office, that he’s not calling all the..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04