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Baltimore Sun

Orioles notes: Jonathan Villar settling in as team gets look at shortstop Sunday

Orioles infielder Jonathan Villar has made a solid impression with his bat since last month’s trade from the Milwaukee Brewers, with a pair of home runs over the Orioles’ last three games seeing his power start to show. Few have questioned Villar’s ability make an offensive impact at any of his...


Calling the Pen: Celebrating a mom who just missed hitting the century mark

This year has been unlike any other for me. Covering a team that has been far worse than anyone could have imagined, a midseason job switch that brought me to BaltimoreBaseball.com, and the deluge of Orioles trades and declaration of a rebuild. This was also the year that I lost my mother. I’ve been thinking […]

Baltimore Sun

Orioles claim outfielder John Andreoli off waivers from Mariners, option him to Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles added a piece of depth off waivers Saturday by claiming outfielder John Andreoli from the Seattle Mariners, the team announced. Andreoli made his major league debut on May 23, and appeared in three games for the Mariners after signing with them as a minor league free agent in January....

Baltimore Sun

Orioles' Adam Jones clears trade waivers, opening door for potential August deal

Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has cleared trade waivers, according to an industry source. Running players through trade waivers in August is a common practice and is necessary to precipitate a deal after the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. But it doesn't mean a player will be traded — only that...


What will the 2019 Orioles look like?

BALTIMORE—The 2018 season still has 41 games remaining, and the Orioles will use those games to evaluate who has a chance to play for the 2019 version. Only two players are free agents, Adam Jones and Craig Gentry, who’s completing a minor league rehabilitation stint. There are four under contract for 2019: Chris Davis, Andrew […]

Baltimore Sun

Taking stock of Orioles' free-agent pitching haul as Cashner, Vargas face off at Camden Yards

Jason Vargas and Andrew Cashner are two pitchers who spent the better part of this decade constantly linked to the Orioles in rumors about trades and free agency. That extended into this past offseason, and while Cashner ended up with the Orioles on a two-year, $16 million deal with a third-year...

Baltimore Sun

Orioles minor league report: Jean Carlos Encarnacion off to hot start after being acquired from Braves

Triple-A Norfolk Left-hander Josh Rogers, 24, has three quality starts in three tries since coming over from the New York Yankees in a trade for Zach Britton last month, with his most recent start Wednesday the best. Rogers pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out three with one walk and four...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Pedro Strop is one of the best relievers in Cubs history

He often goes underappreciated, but his contributions to the team have been solid. Think about it this way. If the Cubs had traded Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to the Orioles in July 2013 and only received Pedro Strop in return, that would have been a huge win for the Cubs. Of course, they didn’t get just Strop. Jake Arrieta also came over in that deal as well and gave the Cubs four and a half outstanding seasons. That makes this trade one of the best in franchise history. But Strop’s contributions to the Cubs in relief over the last five and a half seasons have been, in general,...


How one longtime baseball man views the Orioles’ new direction

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Orioles’ massive trade deadline makeover, which culminated with the unexpected July 31 trades of starting pitcher Kevin Gausman, reliever Darren O’Day and second baseman Jonathan Schoop, has been debated among Orioles fans. Many fans and people inside the game expected the Orioles to trade shortstop Manny Machado, relief pitchers Zach Britton and […]

Baltimore Sun

Orioles trade acquisition Bruce Zimmermann looking to establish himself with hometown team

It only took about five minutes from the time left-handed pitcher Bruce Zimmermann found out he had been traded to his hometown team for his phone to start going off continuously. “It was beeping for the next few hours,” Zimmermann said. “Everybody from old coaches to relatives to friends from...

The Baltimore Wire

Baltimore Orioles Infielder Jonathan Villar Has Been Quite Impressive

The newly-acquired Baltimore Orioles middle infielder Jonathan Villar has made his mark during his time with the Orioles. The Baltimore Orioles are in full rebuild mode and acquired 15 players, 14 being prospects, during the MLB trade deadline frenzy. The lone veteran in the Baltimore Orioles acquired players is middle infielder Jonathan Villar, who has […] Baltimore Orioles Infielder Jonathan Villar Has Been Quite Impressive - The Baltimore Wire - The Baltimore Wire - A Baltimore Sports Site -Orioles, Ravens, Terrapins and More


A look at the Orioles’ most significant trades with each franchise, Part 2: American League

With the Orioles pulling off a flurry of deals before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, last week I started reviewing the club’s trade history with every team in the majors. Part 1 covered the National League. Now, let’s shift to the American League. Which AL teams have the Orioles traded with most often, and […]

Baltimore Sun

Schmuck: Ex-Orioles are still trying to get up to speed on their new teams

It isn’t easy going to a new team or a new league in the middle of the season, so it’s not particularly surprising that the Orioles who were dealt at or before the nonwaiver trade deadline are — for the most part — still feeling their way around. Manny Machado was the first to go, so he has the...


ARLINGTON, Tex.—Ever since the Orioles traded Zach Britton to the New York Yankees, fans have been wondering who the Orioles would use as their closer. Brad Brach was the natural choice, but there weren’t any games to close between the time Britton was de

ARLINGTON, Tex.—Ever since the Orioles traded Zach Britton to the New York Yankees, fans have been wondering who the Orioles would use as their closer. Brad Brach was the natural choice, but there weren’t any games to close between the time Britton was dealt and Brach’s trade to Atlanta five days later. Much of the […]

The Baltimore Wire

An Early Look at Baltimore Orioles 2019 Free Agent Options

The Baltimore Orioles will head into 2019 with cash available to sign free agents, despite a desire to decrease salary at the major league level. As the trade deadline passed and the calendar flipped to August, we have done a brief look ahead to 2019 for the Baltimore Orioles. The conversation started by discussing the […] An Early Look at Baltimore Orioles 2019 Free Agent Options - The Baltimore Wire - The Baltimore Wire - A Baltimore Sports Site -Orioles, Ravens, Terrapins and More

Pinstripe Alley

The many implications of Sonny Gray’s struggles

Gray has been awful this season, but his effects on the Yankees stretch beyond his own starts. Sonny Gray reached a new low in his last start on Wednesday, when he was lit up for seven runs against an Orioles team that finally waved the white flag prior to the trade deadline. Gray himself heard his name surface in trade discussions prior to Tuesday’s deadline, but Brian Cashman elected to keep Gray in pinstripes, which may become one of Cashman’s rare regrets. Gray’s latest clunker offers another opportunity to see his effect on the team as a whole. When Gray struggles on the mound,...

Baltimore Sun

Now that Orioles have acquired additional international bonus slots, what will they do with them?

Along with the inventory of prospects the Orioles received in their nonwaiver trade deadline deals over the past two weeks, the organization also for the first time acquired substantial international free-agent bonus slots to use in their renewed investment in the Latin American market. The Orioles...


Sonny Gray sent to Yankees bullpen, Lance Lynn put into rotation

BOSTON — Sonny Gray was a prized commodity at last year’s trade deadline, ultimately landing in the Yankees’ rotation at a cost of three valued prospects sent to the Oakland Athletics.On Thursday, Gray was demoted to the bullpen hours before a critical four-game series against the AL East-leading Red Sox.It was a decision the right-hander could scarcely debate.“They’ve given me ample opportunities to turn it around,” said Gray, whose awful 22/3 innings Wednesday against the lowly Orioles ballooned his ERA to 5.56 and sealed his fate.“I’ll go down there and hope to turn things...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees Trade Deadline 2018: How the rest of the AL East fared

Recapping the AL East’s trade deadline moves. The last month seemed to drag on forever, but the non-waiver trade deadline finally passed. Yesterday, Jake recapped all of the Yankees’ moves. Hopefully Brian Cashman made enough improvements to propel the team to the postseason. Their stiffest competition just so happens to be their division rivals, the Red Sox. Let’s take a look at how Boston and the rest of the AL East fared at the deadline. Baltimore Orioles It was the basement dwelling Orioles who kicked off all the action. For weeks, rumors circulated about where Manny Machado...

Baltimore Sun

Former Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman signs minor league deal with Rangers

Former Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman has latched on with the Texas Rangers, signing a minor league deal with the club, the team announced Thursday. Tillman, who was released and became a free agent last month after declining an outright assignment to pitch at Triple-A Norfolk, will now report...

Baltimore Sun

Adam Jones elaborates on decision to block trade, next few months with Orioles in podcast interview

Halfway through a candid conversation with Orioles center fielder Adam Jones on the ”R2C2” podcast that CC Sabathia co-hosts with Ryan Ruocco, the veteran Yankees left-hander said the reason they have the show is to “let guys say whatever they want, let them express themselves however they want.”...


Rangers try another starting pitcher on the downside, sign Chris Tillman to minor-league deal

ARLINGTON -- The Texas Rangers took another low-risk flyer on a down-on-his-luck starting pitcher on Thursday, signing former Baltimore rotation leader Chris Tillman to a minor-league deal.Tillman was 1-5 with a 10.46 ERA in seven starts with the Orioles this season and spent time on the disabled list because of a strained lower back. He rejected a Triple-A assignment with the Orioles last week and became a free agent.Tillman, a right-hander, was 56-30 with a 3.91 ERA in 128 starts with Baltimore from 2013-16. He made the All-Star team in 2013.Tillman, 30, spent a month on the disabled list...

Lone Star Ball

Texas Rangers sign Chris Tillman to minor league deal

Lefthander Chris Tillman, recently released by the Baltimore Orioles, has been signed by the Rangers to a minor league deal The Texas Rangers have signed lefthanded pitcher Chris Tillman to a minor league deal, the team announced this afternoon. Tillman was released by the Baltimore Orioles last week, and will be assigned to Round Rock. Tillman is a guy who seems like he has been around forever, in part because he was, along with Adam Jones, one of the key pieces in the trade that sent Erik Bedard from Baltimore to Seattle before the 2008 season, but he is still just 30 years old. A...

Baltimore Sun

In wake of trade deadline purge, Orioles veterans contemplate the future

After the dust settled from the Orioles’ trade-deadline clubhouse demolition Tuesday, the veterans remaining were left in a state of shock. They knew the club’s rebuild was underway and dealing pending free agents Manny Machado, Zach Britton and Brad Brach was no surprise. But when the Orioles...

Detroit Sports Nation

5 Potential August trade candidates for the Tigers

The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone. The Tigers made just one transaction but as fans learned a year ago, key trades can still be made in the month of August… they just require a little extra work. A quick refresher on the waiver wire works: A team can place non-injured players on revocable waivers. The other 29 clubs then have a two-day window to put in a claim for said player(s). If multiple teams put in a claim for the same player, priority goes to teams with the worst record in the same league. Ex: Tigers place ‘Player A’ on waivers. The Orioles, who currently...

The Baltimore Wire

Baltimore Orioles Go All-In on Rebuild in July 2018

The Baltimore Orioles decided in July 2018 that the previous way of doing it was not going to work, and went all-in on a rebuild. Is your head still spinning following all the Baltimore Orioles deals at the 2018 MLB trade deadline? If so, it may not be from a few too many shots last […] Baltimore Orioles Go All-In on Rebuild in July 2018 - The Baltimore Wire - The Baltimore Wire - A Baltimore Sports Site -Orioles, Ravens, Terrapins and More


Orioles end emotional trip to New York with a win

NEW YORK—A day after their radical remake, the Orioles managed to win a game in Yankee Stadium, their fourth in six games here this season. Three new players joined the team in New York: Cody Carroll, Breyvic Valera and Donnie Hart. Carroll came to the Orioles in the Zach Britton trade, Valera as part of […]

Baltimore Sun

Orioles notes: O'Day closes chapter with Orioles; team looking for second base successor

In approving a trade to the Atlanta Braves, Darren O’Day saw an opportunity to play for not only a contending team this season, but one that can potentially compete for a World Series title next season. O’Day, who is out for the remainder of the season recovering from hamstring surgery, was traded...

Tim and Sid: What are the chances Orioles trade Machado within the AL East?

Tim and Sid talk about the chances Manny Machado is traded to either the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees and what it could mean for future free agents like Bryce Harper.

Duquette : Orioles fans hate Bautista

Baltimore Orioles GM Dan Duquette confirms the story to Blair and Wilner that he told Jose Bautista’s agent that “we’re not interested, our fans do not like your player.”