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Baltimore Sun

Schmuck: Orioles rebuilding project also is building relationships

Their lockers are side by side in the Orioles spring clubhouse, something that young pitchers Evan Phillips and Cody Carroll believe was just a happy coincidence. Now, they can lean on each other the way they did last August, after both joined the major league club during the flurry of July trades...

Baltimore Sun

Orioles players react to reports of Manny Machado's record contract: 'It's nice to see a guy like him get rewarded'

With his reported 10-year, $300 million agreement with the San Diego Padres, former Orioles star Manny Machado's contract is the largest commitment to a position player since his former teammate, Chris Davis, signed with the Orioles for $161 million in January 2016. Since then, free agent salaries...

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Manny Machado to San Diego Padres, per reports

The San Diego Padres have reportedly agreed to a 10 year, $300 million deal with free agent Manny Machado Manny Machado and the San Diego Padres have reach an agreement on a contract, per multiple reports, with the free agent infielder reportedly getting $300 million over 10 years with an opt out after year five, in what is the biggest free agent contract in MLB history. Machado, 26, was the #3 overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Baltimore Orioles, where he emerged as a star and spent his entire career before a July, 2018, trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has been an elite defensive...

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San Diego Padres: Celebrate the Manny Machado signing with a shirt

Manny Machado signed with the San Diego Padres this morning. The best way to celebrate the coveted FA signing? With a brand new t-shirt. One of the best free agents in recent MLB history is coming to the San Diego Padres. Manny Machado – who spent last season with the Baltimore Orioles and the Los […] San Diego Padres: Celebrate the Manny Machado signing with a shirt - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Royals Review

Orioles sign Alcides Escobar to minor league deal

Nothing makes sense anymore For the first time since 2010, Alcides Escobar will not be wearing a Kansas City Royals uniform. The Baltimore Orioles have signed the 32-year old shortstop to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Alcides Escobar is in the mix for the starting SS job with the Orioles and the utility job is up for grabs too. He’ll get 700K in the bigs.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 16, 2019 Escobar has spent the last eight years with the Royals, after making his debut with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was acquired in a six-player trade with the Brewers...

Baltimore Sun

Orioles sign former Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar to minor league deal

The Orioles got a little older Saturday with the free-agent signing of veteran infielder Alcides Escobar, who agreed to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training. Escobar, 32, is not exactly the type of fringe player that typically signs a minor league contract in February....

Baltimore Sun

The Orioles weren't very aggressive on the free-agent market, but chose carefully who they spun opportunity for

For a team that lost 115 games, cleaned house in the front office and field staff, and plays in the toughest division in baseball, the Orioles' offseason was quiet from a player acquisition standpoint. The prioritizing of front office and coaching hires meant that roster additions were scarce,...

Baltimore Sun

Orioles prospect Dean Kremer held out of early spring workouts with oblique strain

One of the most promising young pitchers in Orioles camp suffered a setback before he could even report this month. Right-hander Dean Kremer, one of five players the Orioles acquired in their July trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers for Manny Machado, suffered a left oblique strain late last month...

Baltimore Sun

Without specter of late-signing free agents, young Orioles pitchers prepare to battle for rotation spots

Every February in Sarasota, young pitchers arrive at Orioles camp for spring training with the idea that a big league rotation spot is there to win — until a late-signing free-agent pitcher snatches it up and consigns them to the minors. In 2016, it was Yovani Gallardo's arrival that shifted the...

Baltimore Sun

In slow market, Adam Jones' free agency confounds former Orioles teammates: 'Unfortunately, it's where we're at'

Only pitchers and catchers were required to report to Orioles spring training at Ed Smith Stadium on Tuesday, yet the idea that this camp may be the first in a decade where Adam Jones won't be taking a prominent role in the happenings in Sarasota is hard for many of his former teammates to fathom....

Baltimore Sun

Orioles' Mike Elias: 'There's a good chance this is our camp roster'

The Orioles have continued their pattern of waiver claims and minor league free agents representing almost all of their offseason additions right up until pitchers and catchers reported to Sarasota on Tuesday, but executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said the camp roster could...

Baltimore Sun

Schmuck: O's fans will have to trade expectations for intrigue this spring

The Orioles are going to open spring training this week and — quite understandably for beleaguered O’s fans — workouts will begin at the Ed Smith Stadium complex under a cloud of apprehension. Everyone knows that the organization had to push the reset button. Nobody could possibly question that...

Baltimore Sun

The Orioles traded for pitchers who improved based on analytics last year. Now they have to give them those tools again.

Whether they meant to or not, the pitchers targeted during the Orioles' teardown trades last summer came from organizations that not only had embraced baseball's data revolution but had found ways to improve their players with the fruits of it. Then, those pitchers were plucked from the best seasons...

Baltimore Sun

Orioles reportedly agree to deal with pitcher Nate Karns, their first major league free agent of the offseason

The Orioles' major league free agent drought ended Thursday with an agreement to sign right-hander Nate Karns, according to reports, adding the 31-year-old on a modest deal after he missed most of the last two years with injuries. Karns, who last pitched in the majors in 2017 with the Kansas City...


Trumbo hoping for injury-free 2019

Mark Trumbo wasn’t among those Orioles traded in July, and by the time the August 31 deadline for trades came, his 2018 season was finished. Trumbo, who was limited to 90 games last season, had right knee surgery in September. He also missed the first month of the season with a quad injury. Now, he […]


Texas Rangers designate recently-claimed OF John Andreoli for assignment

Update, Jan. 29 (7:00 p.m.): The Texas Rangers announced Tuesday that outfielder John Andreoli has been designated for assignment to make room on the major league roster newly-acquired relief pitcher Shawn Kelley.The Rangers have seven days to trade, release, or outright Andreoli to the minor leagues. He was acquired from Seattle in a January 15 waiver claim after playing 26 games with the Mariners and Orioles in 2018, his first major league action. The Rangers now have 62 players on the club's spring training roster: a full 40-man major league roster, along with 22 non-roster...


Elias won’t commit to signing any free agents

BALTIMORE—After talking to the Orioles season ticket holders at FanFest on Saturday, general manager Mike Elias still had a lot of questions to answer. With spring training just over two weeks away, the Orioles have not signed a major league free agent, and Elias won’t say if he’ll sign any free agents or not. “We […]

Baltimore Sun

Orioles notes: Elias on free-agent market; Bleier, Hays healthy for spring training

Even with a new regime in the front office, the Orioles feel they could be in position to find value on a late-developing free-agent market this offseason. Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said Saturday at FanFest that the team is "monitoring everything" with an eye toward...

Baltimore Sun

New Orioles general manager Mike Elias won't totally rule out bringing back Adam Jones

New executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said during Orioles FanFest on Saturday that he has not entirely ruled out the possibility of bringing back free-agent outfielder Adam Jones. “I don’t think anything is a dead issue,’’ Elias said during a brief Q&A session with reporters....


Diaz headlines 18 non-roster players invited to Orioles camp

The Orioles have invited 18 non-roster players to spring training, and on that list are some familiar names, and some that won’t be. Three players who were obtained from the Los Angeles Dodgers in July’s trade for Manny Machado, outfielder Yusniel Diaz and right-handed pitchers Dean Kremer and Zach Pop, are the most intriguing. Outfielder […]

Baltimore Sun

Three Orioles prospects ranked in top-100 at Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus

A pair of national top prospect lists came out Wednesday at Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus, and each featured three Orioles prospects among the game's best. Outfielder Yusniel Díaz, who was the centerpiece in last year's trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers that sent Manny Machado the other...

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Milwaukee Brewers Free Agent Targets: Wade Miley

There is ample evidence that Miley can continue to be a valuable out-getter moving forward. Wade Miley was perhaps the most surprising contributor to the Milwaukee Brewers’ highly-successful 2018 season. Miley struggled mightily for a two-year stretch with the Mariners and Orioles, limping to a 5.48 ERA over 62 starts. That forced him to settle for a minor-league deal with the Brewers after Spring Training had begun last February. The veteran lefty found new life in Milwaukee, crafting an excellent 2.57 ERA (159 ERA+) in 16 starts. He continued that success into the postseason, allowing...

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Cubs sign righthanded reliever Brad Brach

Help is on the way for the bullpen! Many have felt that the Cubs bullpen needed a veteran reinforcement to help out, especially with the uncertainty regarding Brandon Morrow. And now, they have done so: Free agent reliever Brad Brach has agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, a source familiar with the deal tells ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 24, 2019 Brad Brach, a righthander who turns 33 April 12, has spent most of his career with the Padres and Orioles. After Baltimore traded him to the Braves at the deadline last year for international bonus...

Tim Beckham non-tendered, headed to free agency

After hitting 12 HRs in 96 games with the Orioles in 2018, Tim Beckham was non-tendered by the team, making him a free agent About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and

Brewers non-tender Schoop, making him a free agent

Jonathan Schoop gets non-tendered, becoming a free agent after splitting time with the Orioles and Brewers in 2018 About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists

Brad Brach to enter free agency this offseason

Reliever Brad Brach, who split time in 2018 with the Orioles and Braves, will enter free agency this offseason About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 3