Orioles Rumors & News

  • Report: Orioles made offer to Mark Trumbo, but it’s now off the table

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Orioles made a four-year contract offer to slugger Mark Trumbo several weeks ago, but it’s now off the table. As a result, Heyman notes that the Orioles have called on Chris Carter, who was recently non-tendered by the Brewers. Trumbo, 30, is coming..." December 07

  • The Orioles have begun extension talks with Chris Tillman

    Hardball Talk "Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have begun preliminary talks with starter Chris Tillman‘s representatives concerning a contract extension. The 28-year-old is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility. MLB Trade Rumors projects Tillman to earn..." December 07

  • Orioles Show Interest In Chris Carter

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have been in contact with Chris Carter’s representatives, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman (Twitter link). The O’s also had interest in Carter last offseason before the slugger signed with the Brewers. Since being non-tendered by the Brewers last week, Carter has drawn..." December 07

  • Cleveland Indians continue search for offense, touch base with Mark Trumbo, Jose Bautista

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "When the Indians cast a wide net, they don't kid around. Besides free agent sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Mike Napoli, the Indians have checked in on Mark Trumbo and Jose Bautista, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Trumbo led the big leagues with 47 homers last season for Baltimore...." December 07

  • 2016 postseason playoff shares announced

    Hardball Talk "There used to be a time when postseason money was bigger than most players’ actual salaries. Winning a pennant in baseball’s Golden Age was great for its own sake, but if you were one of the guys who hung around with, say, the Yankees for a long time like Frank Crosetti, the money was basically..." December 07

  • Report: Orioles not in on Bautista because their fans 'don't like him'

    Larry Brown Sports "The Orioles are in the market for outfield help, but it doesn’t appear Jose Bautista will be among the reinforcements. Major League Baseball’s winter meetings are taking place this week and with that comes a plethora of rumors about players changing teams. Representatives from each club are in..." December 07

  • Mariners in talks with Mark Trumbo?

    ESPN "The Seattle Mariners are seriously discussing signing free-agent slugger Mark Trumbo, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden. David Schoenfield's take: This is a strange idea, considering Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto has twice traded Trumbo -- once while GM of the Angels and then last offseason, when he..." December 07

  • Covering a lot of ground with Dan Duquette

    Masn "One of the hottest rumors of the day centered on the Mets offering outfielder Curtis Granderson to the Orioles for reliever Brad Brach. However, there doesn’t appear to be much traction. Granderson is owed $15 million next season and the Mets don’t seem inclined to eat salary, according to..." December 06

  • Talks Between Blue Jays, Steve Pearce Gaining Traction

    MLB Trade Rumors "Talks between the Blue Jays and free agent first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce have begun to gain traction, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (on Twitter). The two sides are progressing toward a deal, Olney adds. Pearce, 33, underwent forearm surgery in September that was said to come with a four..." December 05

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • The Rockies are interested in Mark Trumbo, but they're in the same boat as the Orioles

    Baltimore Sun "The Colorado Rockies have a big hole at first base and they would love to fill it with someone like Mark Trumbo. New manager Bud Black said as much on Monday morning, but the Rocks -- like the Orioles -- have to figure out how a big contract for a veteran slugger fits into their long-range..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Blue Jays Sign Steve Pearce

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have agreed to a two-year, $12.5MM contract with first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (via Twitter). Olney had reported earlier this morning that talks between the two side were gaining some traction. The 33-year-old Pearce will bring to Toronto a..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Orioles Interested In Michael Saunders

    MLB Trade Rumors "With a need to address in the outfield, the Orioles are showing interest in free agent Michael Saunders, reports Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com (Twitter link). Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said Sunday that he’s comfortable with a platoon of Hyun Soo Kim and Joey Rickard in left field...." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Pedro Alvarez emerging on Red Sox radar

    Fanrag Sports "Pedro Alvarez, who spent his 2016 season with the Baltimore Orioles, has emerged as another name on Boston Red Sox radar, along with Mike Napoli and Matt Holliday. All would be considered to play first base or designated hitter as the team attempts to make up some of the production lost by the..." December 04

  • Rockies showing interest in home-run champ Mark Trumbo

    ESPN "The Colorado Rockies led the National League in slugging percentage last season, and they are now reportedly eyeing one of 2016's most prolific sluggers in free agency. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Rockies have shown continued interest in outfielder Mark Trumbo. The..." December 04

  • 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

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