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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NY Judge Gives MASN Partial Edge In Nationals Dispute

NEW YORK — A New York Supreme Court granted partial discovery Monday to Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, forcing Major League Baseball to hand over documents relating to the long-standing dispute over the Washington Nationals’ regional television rights fees. MASN, which is majority controlled by the Baltimore Orioles, had been seeking documents detailing incoming MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s involvement with a arbitration panel that ruled this summer that MASN should pay the Nationals more in rights fees.

After three hours of arguments, Judge Lawrence Marks also approved MASN’s request that MLB turn over documents detailing the panel’s meetings, attendance and the details of the correspondence between Manfred and any MLB staff and the panel. MASN contends that Manfred, who has been serving as Commissioner Bud Selig’s right-hand man, and MLB had a vested interest in the panel’s ruling, which awarded the Nationals nearly $300 million in TV rights fees during the 2012-2016 “reset” period.

boteman Posted: December 17, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: greed, masn, nationals, orioles, peter angelos

Orioles agree to one-year deal with LHP Wesley Wright, pending physical, source says

They got the Wright guy.

The Orioles have agreed to terms with left-handed reliever Wesley Wright on a one-year deal, pending a physical, according to an industry source.

Wright, who will turn 30 in January, was nontendered by the Chicago Cubs earlier this month after going 0-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 48 1/3 innings in 2014. He made $1.425 million last season.

Wright has held left-handed hitters to a .238 batting average in his seven-year career. Last season, left-handed hitters batted .273 against him, with right-handers hitting .255.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, loogy, orioles, wesley wright

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Dan Duquette a candidate to become Blue Jays CEO

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Sources: The Blue Jays’ ownership is actively seeking a replacement for longtime CEO Paul Beeston. Dan Duquette among candidates discussed.

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: December 07, 2014 at 12:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, front office, orioles, poaching

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Anthony Castrovince: 10 bold Winter Meetings predictions

These rumors are all wet.

1. Justin Upton to the Orioles

While their hesitance to go to a fourth guaranteed year for Nelson Cruz is understandable, the immediate fact of the matter is that the reigning home run champ now resides elsewhere. Even with Matt Wieters and Manny Machado getting healthier, and even if you believe that Chris Davis is going to rebound, the O’s have some potential for major offensive regression if they don’t make some moves this winter.

In Upton, the O’s can reel in a corner outfielder who has a history of getting on base roughly 35 percent of the time, and can give you a 30-plus-homer season at Camden Yards. This is the kind of move the O’s need to make to maintain their top spot in an AL East in which the Red Sox and Blue Jays are obviously both dramatically improved.

Here’s the rub: The Braves, who appear more certain than ever to move Upton now that they’ve signed Nick Markakis, are looking for young, controllable arms in their bid to build a contender for 2017. There was a time when a top-tier pitching prospect such as Dylan Bundy would have netted far more years of contractual control than Upton, a pending free agent, provides. But in this starting-saturated market - and with Bundy re-establishing himself following Tommy John surgery - I’m not so sure that’s the case. Would the O’s be willing to part with Bundy’s long-term potential for some short-term thump? Hard to say, but their free-agent options have thinned in a hurry.


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

What Are We Missing About Nick Markakis? | FanGraphs Baseball

Markakis could be this year’s Nelson Cruz.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2014 at 10:06 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, orioles

Monday, December 01, 2014

The Caribbean »Nelson Cruz is close to signing with Seattle for $ 57 million

Google instant translation:

Nelson Cruz has an intention according to the Seattle Mariners for four seasons and about 57 million.

The information was provided to elCaribe a source close to the negotiations who asked reserves its name because the pact is not official.

Both parties negotiate a possible fifth year contract, which also includes a signing bonus. Cruz is expected to leave for the United States in the next hour physical examination that validates the deal done.

Cruz did offer several ensembles, including the Baltimore Orioles, but remained in three years and was intended to secure a room.

In Seattle, who was interested in the powerful Dominican hitter for the last match, will join Robinson Cano, his teammate in the WBC past and who had loudly expressed their desire to have him in Seattle.

Cruz is hitting 40 homers and driving in 108 laps last season with the Orioles. It was the top producer in homers in the majors last season.
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H/T to Enrique Rojas.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2014 at 10:42 AM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mariners, nelson cruz, orioles

Baltimore Orioles Top 20 Prospects for 2015 - Minor League Ball

John Sickel’s Top 20 for the Orioles.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2014 at 10:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, prospect reports

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

School of Roch: Melky Cabrera a “fallback option” for the Orioles

Can anyone make a case for Markakis getting more money from a team other than the Orioles?

So how do you feel about Melky Cabrera?
I’m just curious, since I’ve heard from multiple people that he’s a “fallback option” for the Orioles if they can’t re-sign Nick Markakis. His name has been discussed. He’s on the radar, as the kids say.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2014 at 08:09 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, melky cabrera, nick markakis, orioles

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nick Cafardo on Twitter: “Right now Nelson Cruz’ five-year demand is a major stumbling block in serious contract talks. The Orioles for one, aren’t going there.”

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2014 at 06:39 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, nelson cruz, orioles

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Notes: Maddon, Cherington, Fixing the Reds, Trusting Buck, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Another great column by David Laurila .

There are a lot of ways to look at how you might augment your offense, but it can’t just be nine guys working a pitching staff over,” said Maddon. “If your goal is to get a starter out of a game, that might be the last thing you want to do. You see a lot of 95-plus out of the pen now, and some of those guys have quality secondary pitches. I think it’s become easier to build bullpens, and it’s rare a team has a bad one.”

The Kansas City Royals are a fit for Maddon’s musings. Not only is their pen dominant, their speed-focused offense posted the lowest walk rate in the game.

“We might possibly need to see a trend away from seeing pitches,” suggested Maddon. “I can see speed – including using it creatively – becoming a more important part of the game. I think the trend might be going back to the way the game had been before the unrealistic home run numbers arrived and walks became prominent. I really don’t know.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 01:22 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, general, joe maddon, orioles, red sox, reds, tigers

Saturday, October 18, 2014

ESPN: Brian Roberts retires

Second baseman Brian Roberts, who played all but one season of his 14-year major league career with the Baltimore Orioles, confirmed Friday that he is retiring.

Brian Roberts never played a postseason game in his 14-year career, most of which was spent as a second baseman for the Orioles. “It was just kind of my time,” Roberts told the Baltimore Sun. “There were numerous reasons that I felt like I couldn’t play at a level that I was accustomed to and wanted to play at if I continued to play. I always said that I wasn’t going to be the guy that tried to hang on as long as I could.”

Roberts signed with the New York Yankees in 2014, but was released in August after hitting .237 in 91 games. He told the Sun that several teams had expressed interest in signing him, but he decided against a deal.

He still put up 1.5 WAR in that final season with the Yankees. A worthy player, it’s unfortunate that he never got to play in the postseason.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: October 18, 2014 at 03:41 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: brian roberts, orioles

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Royals sweep Orioles to earn shot at crown | MLB.com

Congratulations to the Royals and their fans!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 07:48 PM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, playoffs, royals

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals - October 14, 2014 | MLB.com Box

The Orioles are in deep doo-doo.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2014 at 11:08 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, playoffs, royals

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ESPN MLB Chaotic week for new father Britton

That’s the Monarch Notes version of Britton’s game; he relied on a sinking fastball and a slider to induce a staggeringly high ground-ball percentage of 75.3 percent during the regular season. But when the games are this big and the ground balls lead to baserunners, ill-fated timing and BABIP woes can smell suspiciously like failure on a grand stage. Fans and the media tend to see it that way, although pitchers try to keep the phenomenon in context.

“One of the biggest things for us as pitchers is knowing that once the ball leaves your hand, you can’t do anything about that,” said Orioles reliever Andrew Miller. “Sometimes ground balls find holes. They find the 4-hole or the 6-hole, or you give up infield hits. That’s the reality of the game, and you have to move on. Zach’s stuff is unquestionable. He’s the least of my concerns.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2014 at 09:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, zach britton

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Royals win powerful ALCS opener - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

Yes they did.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2014 at 09:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, playoffs, royals

Midnight magic: Alex Gordon’s blast powers the Royals to another thrilling extra-inning win | The Kansas City Star

The personification of this Royals team is a busted prospect who made himself into a star turning a fastball that catches too much of the plate into a trophy for the right-field seats.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2014 at 08:54 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, orioles, playoffs, royals

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Orioles Reach Extension with J.J. Hardy

Today’s workout at Camden Yards will include an announcement that the Orioles have reached agreement with shortstop J.J. Hardy on a contract extension, according to an industry source.

Hardy, 32, was a pending free agent. Expected negotiations weren’t held during spring training and the sides agreed to hold off discussions during the regular season.

Hardy’s extension covers the next three seasons. FOX Sports is reporting that the value is north of $40 million.

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 09, 2014 at 02:23 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, orioles

Monday, October 06, 2014

Fox Sports (Robothal): Sick of Red Sox-Yankees? Then watch the Orioles-Royals ALCS

Well, SugarBear Blanks begs to differ, for one:

I mean, this is what many of you want, right? People tell me all the time, “The networks need to show teams other than the Yankees and Red Sox.” Well, thanks to the outcomes of the two American League Division Series, fans no longer will be bound and gagged and forced to watch the despicable Northeast monsters against their collective will.

So, will you be glued to your televisions? I mean, it’s put up or shut up time, right? The Orioles and Royals in the ALCS is a dream matchup for those who want fresh faces, fresh stories, fresh cities – and in the Royals’ case, a fresh (if retro) brand of baseball.  But I’m betting TBS and baseball executives are nervous, fearing ratings will be low.

I’ve actually waited years to write this column, holding off because I did not want to come off as a shill for FOX. Now that the Orioles and Royals will be on TBS, I’m more comfortable making my case. Because honestly, I do not think you’re going to watch, at least not in the numbers that this matchup deserves.


Dave Wallace thrives with the Orioles - Sports - The Boston Globe

It doesn’t often happen in baseball that you’re hired on merit alone, not because you know somebody.

That’s where Dave Wallace’s story starts.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dave wallace, general, orioles, pitching coaches

Cruz, Orioles Beat Tigers 2-1 for ALDS Sweep - NYTimes.com

O’s sweep and close the Tigers playoff window.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:23 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, playoffs, tigers

Sunday, October 05, 2014


Friday, October 03, 2014

Passan: Orioles’ ALDS win shows why Buck Showalter is the playoffs’ best manager

It’ll be hilarious if Yost or McClendon wins the award.

Perhaps the worst trend of modern relief pitching is the intractability of bullpen roles. Their very existence is manicured. At some point, when baseball recognized that, yeah, it probably is a good idea to exploit platoon splits, managers started slotting relievers in specific situations. Seventh inning for one guy, eighth for another, ninth and only ninth for the closer. And even if the heart of the order was up in the eighth and Scrub Jones, Slappy Jackson and Pipsqueak Fontana in the ninth, roles are roles, and roles must be adhered to.

Then there is Buck Showalter, the manager of the Baltimore Orioles. On Thursday, he took a tire iron to roles. He threw arguably his best reliever in the sixth inning – and let him pitch another for good measure. He went to his closer for an out in the eighth inning, fully intending to use him for a four-out save. He managed like he always does: with a keen sense of the moment, a singular ability to suss out the right thing for the right time…

“I was ready, and I’ll be ready throughout the postseason if he needs to use me in the eighth, seventh, wherever it is,” [closer Zach] Britton said. “I don’t think people feel like they’re entitled to throw a certain inning. That’s a lot of it. Some guys maybe feel like if you’re the closer you only throw the ninth. It’s not our mindset here. We’re team guys. If he needs to throw us in the fifth, we’re going to throw the fifth.

“He’s going to throw the best guy for the situation. If that’s you, you’re going into the game.”...

“I wouldn’t have signed on for six more years if I didn’t like him,” said Orioles star Adam Jones, he of the six-year, $85.5 million deal.

The District Attorney Posted: October 03, 2014 at 11:49 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, orioles, strategy

Thursday, October 02, 2014


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