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Friday, January 11, 2019

Orioles payroll to fall significantly in 2019 - BaltimoreBaseball.com

A year ago, the Orioles’ Opening Day payroll was $148.57 million, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts. MLBTradeRumors.com estimates that this year’s Opening Day payroll will be just under $83 million.

Gone are Adam Jones ($17.3 million), Manny Machado ($16 million), Zach Britton ($12 million) and Darren O’Day ($9 million). Jones was on the final year of a six-year contract. O’Day has a year remaining on a four-year deal, and Machado and Britton were in the final years of club control.

Brad Brach ($5.16 million), Kevin Gausman ($5.6 million) and Jonathan Schoop ($8.5 million) were also dealt.

Brach, Britton, Gausman, Machado, Schoop, Tim Beckham and Caleb Joseph were eligible for arbitration. Beckham, who signed with Seattle on Thursday, and Joseph were non-tendered by the club Nov. 30.

Even though general manager Mike Elias has a relatively light load for arbitration (his former team, the Houston Astros has 10 arbitration-eligible players), his work constructing the 2019 Orioles is hardly over.

The team has commitments to only Chris Davis, who will earn $23 million in the fourth year of a seven-year contract,  [emphasis added] and Alex Cobb, $14 million in the second year of a four-year deal, beyond this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2019 at 03:17 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Elias’ 2019 Orioles could resemble the 2012 Astros - BaltimoreBaseball.com

The Orioles have a long way to go.

Elias said his goal for this season is to beef up the Orioles’ talent base with smart drafting, international signings and perhaps some trades.

The Orioles must nail the first pick in June’s draft and be aggressive when the international signing season begins on July 2. If the team signs some free agents from the huge number remaining on the market, the Orioles could perhaps flip them in July for prospects.

No, we don’t know what the Orioles will look like in 2019. Two infielders, Richie Martin and Drew Jackson, were added in the Rule 5 draft, and another, Rio Ruiz, was picked up on waivers.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2019 at 09:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Baltimore Orioles name Brandon Hyde as new manager

BALTIMORE — Brandon Hyde, rumored to be the next manager of the Baltimore Orioles all week long, earned the title officially Friday afternoon.

Hyde, 45, becomes the 20th manager in Orioles history. He begins his first Major League managerial role following 16 professional seasons in the coaching ranks and four professional seasons as a player. Hyde most recently served as the Chicago Cubs bench coach in 2018, his second season in this role (also in 2014).

Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias released a statement, saying, “After conducting an intensive search, I believe that we have found the ideal leader for the next era of Orioles baseball. Brandon’s deep background in player development and Major League coaching, most recently helping to shape the Cubs into a World Champion, has thoroughly prepared him for this job and distinguished him throughout our interview process. I look forward to introducing him to our fans next week and to working together with him to build the next great Orioles team.”

 

 

QLE Posted: December 15, 2018 at 03:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon hyde, manager, orioles

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Nationals bench coach Chip Hale not tipping his hand on Orioles rumors

NATIONALS PARK—Nationals bench coach Chip Hale was coy Sunday at Nationals Winterfest when asked about a report that he would be interviewing for the Baltimore Orioles open managerial job.

“Let’s just put it this way, there’s 30 jobs and if you get the opportunity, it’s a blessing, so, with all the turnover this year, I have not interviewed yet,” Hale said. “I have a great job here. If you get the opportunity to talk to somebody and meet some new people, it’d be a great opportunity. That’s all I’ll say on that.”

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Sunday that Hale would be one of several candidates to interview with new Orioles general manager Mike Elias.

Mind you, would any of you admit to your friends and family that you’ve been hired as the Orioles manager?

QLE Posted: December 04, 2018 at 07:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chip hale, managerial search, orioles

Monday, December 03, 2018

Latest reports on Orioles managerial search - School of Roch

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal has confirmed that Nationals bench coach Chip Hale, Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde and Royals quality control/catching coach Pedro Grifol are on the list of candidates. Diamondbacks director of player development Mike Bell, younger brother of new Reds manager David Bell, also will interview, according to MLB Network’s Peter Gammons.

The Orioles aren’t commenting on the reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2018 at 05:53 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, orioles

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Orioles name Mejdal to head analytics department

As expected, new Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias’ first move was to add longtime aide Sig Mejdal to head the team’s analytics department.

Mejdal, who worked with Elias in Houston will have the title, Assistant General Manager, Analytics.

He replaces Sarah Gelles, who left the Orioles to join the Astros.

According to the Orioles, “Mejdal will oversee all aspects of the club’s growing analytics effort while assisting and advising Elias in all manner of Baseball Operations decisions.”

A Baseball Fan Posted: November 21, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mike Elias Orioles general manager | MLB.com

Looks like the Orioles will soon join the revolution.

Update:

 

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2018 at 01:01 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mike elias, orioles

Tuesday, November 06, 2018


Monday, November 05, 2018

GM Meetings begin without an Orioles GM - BaltimoreBaseball.com

The dysfunction continues.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2018 at 12:21 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Schmuck: Orioles’ executive search, MASN hearing make November a critical month for franchise

Baseball’s free-agent market opened for business this weekend and the Orioles still appear to be a few weeks away from naming a new baseball operations chief, but don’t be alarmed.

This was never going to be a big free-agent offseason for the Orioles, so the deliberate search for Dan Duquette’s replacement — and eventually a new manager — isn’t as time sensitive as it might be under different circumstances.

An industry source told The Baltimore Sun that John and Louis Angelos are immersed in the process and have talked to a number of potential candidates to run their baseball operations department.

A question, for anyone here who may be an expert in the business end of baseball- are the issues being presented here as critical as the article makes them seem?

QLE Posted: November 04, 2018 at 07:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, lawsuits, masn, orioles, peter angelos

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Source: Orioles have interviewed seven candidates in first phase of search to replace Dan Duquette

A month after dismissing executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter following the worst season in franchise history, the Orioles’ search for a new individual to lead their baseball operations department continues.

One of three organizations looking to fill that position this offseason, the Orioles see the pace of their pursuit — and scarcity of public information about it — as more similar to the San Francisco Giants’ ongoing search than the one that led the New York Mets to hire agent Brodie Van Wagenen.

While the Giants have most of an infrastructure in place, the Orioles are trying to build an organization from almost scratch after over a dozen baseball operations staffers were also let go ahead of their contracts expiring Wednesday.

What, no agents under consideration?

 

QLE Posted: November 03, 2018 at 09:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, orioles

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

For Orioles, let history be your guide, hire a general manager first – The Athletic

It’s tough to grade Duquette. Peter Angelos wasn’t the kind of owner who gives his GM any real autonomy.

The Duquette era was always about making marginal moves and hoping they turned into gold under Showalter’s direction–and in fairness, sometimes they did. But a lot of this team was built on the structure of what came before — both the 2012 and 2014 teams were stocked with guys acquired by Andy MacPhail, Duquette’s predecessor — and eventually when those guys started getting long in the tooth and low in the tank, it wasn’t enough to keep grabbing Rule 5 guys and hoping they’d explode onto the scene or signing a guy or two out of the Cuban defector pool and foreign pro leagues every year. Duquette was excellent at spinning the hay he was given into gold, as far as it went. But his front office was never so good at getting more of it.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, pay site

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Orioles’ Davis, Wright discuss team’s offseason changes at charity event

It was a quick diaspora from Baltimore for many of the Orioles’ players after their nightmare 115-loss season ended, but a pair who have sought through their ups and downs on the field to be more than uniformed presences in the city were back in town Monday for a charity event.

First baseman Chris Davis and right-hander Mike Wright Jr. represented the Orioles at the second annual Beltway Brews and Boards Celebrity Cornhole Tournament at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, an event featuring those two and dozens of current and former Ravens to benefit the Players Philanthropy Fund, an athlete-driven charity network founded by Ravens Ring of Honor member Matt Stover.

It’s been a quiet time for players and staff left with the Orioles organization, but the pair had equal parts gratitude for what the team accomplished under since-dismissed manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette and excitement for the change that’s to come.

QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, chris davis, mike wright, orioles

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Will Duquette and Showalter get top jobs elsewhere or will the disaster of 2018 — and the perceptions that re-emerged — damage their resumes? – The Athletic

Like the Mets it’s tough to know how many bad decisions were owner driven.

This takes us back to the original premise: Showalter and Duquette are good at what they do. They, together, helped lift a moribund franchise back to relevancy.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Showalter gets at least one interview this offseason for one of baseball’s managerial vacancies or if Duquette ends up as special assistant somewhere given his keen eye for undervalued assets.

But for them to get hired in high-profile, decision-making positions again, an organization will have to overlook what has happened in Baltimore since September 2017.

In the “what-have-you-done-lately” world of baseball, that may be a tall order. Especially considering the falls from grace are illustrative of the negative perceptions – fair or not – that have followed both men during successful baseball careers.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2018 at 10:16 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, dan duquette, orioles, pay site

Friday, October 12, 2018

HBT - Rebuilding the Orioles in Peabody Heights

The Terrapins, they called them. Their home field appeared on the north side of East 29th Street, where Peabody Heights now serves its flagship beer, an American lager called Old Oriole Park Bohemian; the name came with the permission of Peter Angelos and the Orioles, of course.

“At the beginning we asked [to use the Orioles’ name],” O’Keefe recalls, “and Mr. Angelos said, ‘All right, I probably won’t sue you.’”

The Terrapins spent the spring of 1914 warming up in North Carolina, then headed north for their home opener against the Buffalo Blues, which 30,000 fans attended, many of them relegated to standing room only.

Bote Man Posted: October 12, 2018 at 12:41 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore, beer, federal league, history, orioles

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Showalter out as Orioles manager - BaltimoreBaseball.com

“The only way to make money as a manager is to win in one place, get fired and hired somewhere else.” ~ Whitey Herzog

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 01:43 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, orioles

Friday, September 28, 2018

As Adam Jones likely nears final game with Orioles, he leaves a winning legacy — on and off field - Baltimore Sun

It will be interesting to see where one of my favorite players ends up. I fear he’s going to get squeezed this winter. Where’s his fit?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 06:36 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Schmuck: If Showalter is on the way out, Orioles need to know they can find someone better

It won’t be long now. We’ll soon find out how the Orioles intend to proceed with their rebuilding program and who will be in charge of it in the front office and on the field.

The speculation has been going on all season about who will stay and who will go, and there have been recent loosely attributed reports that manager Buck Showalter is on the way out and executive vice president Dan Duquette will be sticking around for a while.

That sounds logical enough, since the Orioles have succeeded in setting a record for failure. The manager usually pays the price for nonperformance, and Showalter has seen so much of that this year that he might only have to be asked nicely to go screaming into the night.

The question: If you were “someone better”, would you agreed to sign with the Orioles as conditions currently stand?

QLE Posted: September 26, 2018 at 01:09 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, managers, orioles

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Orioles became the first professional sports team to wear Braille jerseys

The Orioles hosted the Blue Jays for a regular, regular-season game on Tuesday night. Camden Yards looked as beautiful as always, fans were munching on crab dip and waffle fries and baseball players were playing baseball.

But there was one cool, new added element to the uniforms of the home team. The Orioles had their team and player names spelled out in Braille—becoming the first team in professional sports history to do so.

Fans were also given Braille alphabet cards so they could spell out their favorite players.

QLE Posted: September 19, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: braille, orioles, uniforms

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Orioles match club record with 107th loss, 5-0 to Blue Jays before tiny home crowd

Their dubious destiny nearly set, this year’s Orioles team will very likely go down in history as the worst in franchise history, an ugly distinction for a team that owns a proud 65-year history in Baltimore.

This day sneaked up on no one, and it’s now not a matter of whether they will have that title, but how bad the ending will be over the final two weeks of the season.

In terms of losses, they are there. With their next defeat, the Orioles set themselves apart in a way no one wants after losing their 107th game of the season, tying the team record, with a 5-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night at Camden Yards.

Interesting to consider how fast the collapse can come when it does- we’re only two years removed from Zach Britton spending the Wild-Card Game sitting on the bench.

 

QLE Posted: September 18, 2018 at 09:06 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: futility, losing streak, orioles, things fall apart

Monday, August 27, 2018

Orioles renovating their fall instructional league - School of Roch

Orioles being innovative?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2018 at 10:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Chris Davis on struggles, false theories and whether he’d quit - School of Roch

Good interview with the struggling Davis.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2018 at 08:13 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, orioles

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Diner Question: Should Dan Duquette continue as Orioles’ top baseball man? - BaltimoreBaseball.com

With the muddled set-up at the top, it’s tough to evaluate Duquette the last few years. From his track record, though, I’d be inclined to still grade him out as an above-average GM.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2018 at 09:07 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dan duquette, orioles

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Adam Jones has earned the right to say ‘no’ to trade - BaltimoreBaseball.com

I’m a big fan of Adam Jones. He certainly has earned the right to stay in Baltimore. As a pending free agent, though, I wonder whether this will hurt him next year. Had he accepted the deal and made an impact with a team like the Phillies, he would be more marketable. Instead he’ll finish out the season out of the national eye. With aging veterans getting squeezed in free agency, getting an opportunity to showcase skills in a pennant race and post season can help put extra dollars into a player’s pocket.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2018 at 09:08 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Yanks acquire reliever Britton from Orioles

Dillon Tate, Cody Carroll, and Josh Rogers are human beings who throw baseballs and now play in the Orioles’ organization.

Ziggy's screen name Posted: July 26, 2018 at 03:22 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, trades, yankees

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