Orioles Rumors & News

  • Yankees' Brian Cashman on 'big-game hunting' for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado in 2018

    Newark Star-Ledger "A lot of hard-core Yankees fans already can't until the 2018 offseason. They know the big names who can become free agents that year, and they've heard rumors that Yankees are freeing up money now to make a big run then for Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado. And so, GM Brian Cashman was put..." January 18

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Manny Machado Agrees To One-Year Deal With Orioles

    CBS Baltimore "Manny Machado and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms on $11.5-million deal for 2017, according to an industry source. RELATED: Manny Machado Named 2016 Most Valuable Oriole Machado agreed to the one-year deal to avoid arbitration. Machado had career highs in batting average (.294)..." January 13

  • Mark Trumbo willing to sign a three-year deal in the $40-50 million range

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that free agent 1B/OF Mark Trumbo recently asked the Orioles for a three-year, $50 million contract. However, he later told the team he would be willing to take a three year deal for slightly less money in the $40-50 million range. Back in November, Trumbo..." January 13

  • Orioles, Britton avoid arbitration with huge raise

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles closer Zach Britton was rewarded for his stellar season last year, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal for next season worth $11.4 million and avoiding arbitration. Britton -- who finished fourth in AL Cy Young voting after a season in which he converted all 47 save opportunities and..." January 13

  • Mets, Orioles take 'file and trial' approach with arbitration players

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets and Orioles will adopt a “file-and-trial” approach to their arbitration-eligible players this year, as Marc Carig of Newsday (via Twitter) and Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun (also on Twitter) report. That means that the organizations will only negotiate with players up until..." January 13

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Do the Orioles and Mark Trumbo really want a reunion this offseason?

    Fox Sports "The Orioles’ quest to re-sign free-agent slugger Mark Trumbo isn’t over – or at least, it shouldn’t be. Trumbo recently asked the O’s for a three-year, $50 million contract, but later indicated that he would sign a deal of the same length in a lesser $40 million to $50 million range, according..." January 12

  • Angels interested in free agent Matt Wieters

    Fanrag Sports "The Angels have been considering making a run at free agent catcher Matt Wieters, whose market has been mostly quiet to this point. Angels people have had internal talks regarding Wieters, a four-time All-Star, though it isn’t known how serious their interest is to date. To date, the Angels..." January 11

  • Rangers “Check In” On Mark Trumbo

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have at least “check[ed] in” on free-agent slugger Mark Trumbo, according to a report from Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. The extent of the team’s interest, though, isn’t yet clear. Texas had been said to be the favorite to add Mike Napoli, another right-handed power hitter who’d presumably..." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • O's Have Made 'No Movement' To Re-Sign Trumbo

    Masn "Reliever Oliver Drake has his locker set up inside the home clubhouse at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. He isn’t attending minicamp, but it’s waiting for him next month as pitchers and catchers report to spring training. The Orioles currently appear to have two openings in their bullpen and..." January 10

  • Nationals' Joe Ross trying to recruit brother Tyson

    Washington Post "Joe Ross’s topsy-turvy 2016 season concluded with a forgettable outing in Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium in early October. The Nationals had a 2-1 series lead, putting them one victory from advancing beyond the divisional round for the first time since the team..." January 09

  • Orioles could prioritize draft pick over Mark Trumbo

    Hardball Talk "The Orioles haven’t ruled out Mark Trumbo‘s return to Baltimore in 2017, but a recent interview with ESPN’s Jim Bowden suggests that their interests may lie elsewhere. Per Bowden, Baltimore GM Dan Duquette would rather pass on re-signing the 30-year-old slugger in order to net a first-round draft..." January 08

  • Duquette says Bautista comments were blown out of proportion

    Sporting News "Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said Sunday his comments about free agent Jose Bautista last month were "blown out of proportion." Duquette told Toronto's Sportsnet Radio 590 The Fan in early December that the Orioles had no interest in signing the former Blue Jays slugger. "We told..." January 08

  • Brandon Moss drawing interest from Orioles

    Hardball Talk "The Orioles netted a serviceable outfielder and potential leadoff hitter in Seth Smith during Friday’s trade with the Mariners, but comments from Baltimore GM Dan Duquette suggest that the club’s search for outfield depth isn’t quite over. The latest name to pop up on their radar could be that of..." January 07

  • Orioles have discussed Valbuena

    ESPN "In search of a left-handed bat, the Baltimore Orioles have discussed free-agent infielder Luis Valbuena, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Valbuena, 31, slashed .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBIs in 90 games for the Houston Astros last season. The Orioles would prefer an..." January 06

  • Mariners acquire starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo from the Orioles in exchange for outfielder Seth Smith

    Seattle Times "It took perhaps a few weeks longer than expected based on his typical transactional activity, but Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has acquired the experienced middle of the rotation starting pitcher he’d desired. On Friday morning, the Mariners completed a trade to acquire veteran..." January 06

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Manny Machado vs. Bryce Harper: Who Really Deserves MLB's First $400M Deal?

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball already has a $300 million contract. Its first $400 million contract could come soon. Call it a hunch based on where Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are in their careers. The Baltimore Orioles' third baseman and the Washington Nationals' right fielder have much in..." January 04

  • Orioles sign Jesus Montero to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Orioles have signed 1B/DH Jesus Montero to a minor league contract. Montero, 27, was handed a 50-game suspension in late September last year after testing positive for dimethylbutylamine, a banned substance. " January 03

  • Royals could be interested in Pedro Alvarez

    Hardball Talk "The Royals could give the Orioles some competition for free agent Pedro Alvarez‘s services in 2017, per a report from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. While the infielder/DH is still in talks with Baltimore, Cafardo doesn’t see the club making a push to re-sign the veteran slugger until late in..." January 01

  • Orioles remain interested in re-signing Alvarez

    Masn "The Orioles are picked to finish below .500 and in fourth or fifth place in their division in various December predictions. They’ve already lost the offseason, graded poorly for their inability to improve the roster while holes opened up in right field and at designated hitter. And the rotation..." December 30

  • Diamondbacks in contact with Wieters, reportedly asked about Swihart

    Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks signed veteran free-agent catcher Jeff Mathis earlier this month and claimed another catcher, Juan Graterol, off waivers last week, but General Manager Mike Hazen said the club remains on the lookout for help at the position. “We probably still have some more work to do in that..." December 30

  • Nats, Braves among teams eying Matt Wieters

    Fanrag Sports "The Nationals have joined at least the Braves in what could turn out to be an NL East battle for free agent catcher Matt Wieters, league sources say. Washington is said to be looking into whether Wieters, a career-long Oriole, can fit into their budget. They lost some power with the defection..." December 29

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Orioles have interest in Napoli

    MLB Trade Rumors "With free agent first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo potentially on his way out of Baltimore, the club is showing interest in fellow unsigned slugger Mike Napoli, relays Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Several teams have eyed Napoli this offseason, though his market shrunk when his 2016 employer..." December 25

  • Orioles have interest in free-agent outfielder Rajai Davis

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles remain on the hunt to upgrade their corner outfield spots, specifically in right field, and free-agent Rajai Davis is among the players the club has interest in to fill that hole. Davis, 36, would add a speed component that the Orioles haven’t had – or prioritized – in recent years...." December 23

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Orioles Challenges of an early lineup and the need for a left-handed bat

    Masn "The Orioles still have lots of work to do as the holidays approach, which doesn’t qualify as breaking news. It’s more of an observation. They found a starting catcher, signing Welington Castillo to a one-year deal with a player option for 2018. But they’re unsettled in right field and at..." December 22

  • Could Pedro Alvarez be the Orioles free agent most likely to return?

    Baltimore Sun "For all the talk about the Orioles attempting to retain Mark Trumbo, it might be Pedro Alvarez who is the free agent most likely to return to the club. Alvarez’s contributions to last year’s club can easily be overlooked, especially following his late signing in spring training and his..." December 22

  • Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey could resume throwing next week

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey – who had major reconstructive elbow surgery in July – could resume throwing early next week, his father, former major leaguer Bryan Harvey, said. Harvey still faces several obstacles in his recovery from ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery,..." December 21

  • Rockies 'Keeping Track' Of Edwin Encarnacion, Mark Trumbo

    Real GM Baseball "The Colorado Rockies continue to keep an eye on high-profile sluggers such as Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo, according to Jeff Bridich. "It would be stupid of us not to keep track," Bridich told MLB Network Radio." December 21

  • O'Day hopes O's keep strong 'pen together

    MLB.com "If this offseason has shown anything so far, it's that it's a pretty good time to be a reliever. And the Orioles are in the fortunate spot of already having an enviable bullpen, which includes plenty of arms other teams covet. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette..." December 19

  • Orioles reportedly take Mark Trumbo's offer off the table

    12 Up "Baltimore Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo is coming off of a career year where he led the league with 47 home runs. It was a great time for Trumbo to have his best season because it was the last year of his contract with Baltimore. The price for Trumbo's services will be sky high this offseason,..." December 18

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Orioles sign Tomo Ohka to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "MASN’s Roch Kubatko reported on a handful of players the Orioles signed to minor league contracts on Thursday. One of them is pitcher Tomo Ohka, who hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2009 with the Indians. Ohka, 40, reinvented himself as a knuckleballer in 2013. " December 15

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Orioles reach agreement with free agent catcher Welington Castillo

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles have reached an agreement with free agent catcher Welington Castillo, according to an industry source. The deal, which is pending a physical, provides the Orioles a catcher to replace longtime starter Matt Wieters as the organization waits for the player they see as their catcher of..." December 14

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • Orioles re-sign reliever Logan Ondrusek

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles retained right-hander Logan Ondrusek, signing the free-agent reliever to a one-year deal, according to an industry source. Ondrusek signed with the Orioles in late-July, plucked from the Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League. The Orioles hoped the addition would address a..." December 13

  • 9 MLB contenders that still have glaring holes on their rosters

    Fox Sports "The Winter Meetings featured a flurry of activity, but the trip to Maryland wasn’t one-stop shopping for every major-league team. Unlike holiday shoppers -- who are down a dozen shopping days until Dec. 25 – MLB teams still have about two months before spring training. Therefore, there is..." December 12

  • Orioles still chasing Trumbo, believe they made 'best offer'

    Hardball Talk "There’s been quite a bit of back and forth between Mark Trumbo and the Orioles this month, and Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports that the team’s best offer is on the table. Previous reports indicate that it’s the same four-year, $52-55 million deal the Orioles tried to push several weeks ago,..." December 12