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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Darren O’Day deserved top free-agent contract | MLB.com

Darren O’Day is unique.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2016 at 01:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: darren o'day, orioles, sabermetrics

School of Roch: Brady Anderson on Hyun Soo Kim: “He hits line drive after line drive”

How much playing time will Kim get this season?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hyun-soo kim, orioles

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Orioles have expressed interest in free-agent right-hander Tim Lincecum - Baltimore Sun

They have “expressed interest”.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, orioles, tim lincecum

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Wagner: Nationals owner says TV rights dispute is hurting team’s ability to compete

Hey, Angelos is a lot of (really bad) things but he’s not responsible for Papelbon.

The remarks by Ed Cohen, in a sworn affidavit filed late last week in a New York Supreme Court, are the strongest public comments to date by the Nationals about the dispute, which involves the amount of money paid to the team by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. The Orioles have a majority ownership of the shared network.

“Without this added and steady income, the Nationals cannot bring full economic confidence to investments in multi-year player contracts to keep up with the fierce competition for top players — especially when such control over finances is in the hands of a neighboring club,” Cohen said. “Delay also hamstrings the Nationals’ ability to invest in stadium and related improvements which would generate additional income and help keep the Nationals competitive.”

Cohen’s affidavit did not contain supporting documents or offer specific examples to show how the Nationals were affected in their pursuit of top players or stadium-related improvements by the TV rights fees dispute. “The delay significantly impacts the Nationals’ finances,” Cohen said.

JEe (Jason) Posted: January 26, 2016 at 08:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasts, masn, nats, orioles, peter angelos, television market, television rights

Monday, January 18, 2016

School of Roch: What does the Davis signing mean to Walker and Mancini?

At best Christian Walker and Trey Mancini look like second-division starters. More than likely they will just be role players or players on the AAA/MLB shuttle.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, prospects

Friday, January 15, 2016

Buck Showalter bluntly addresses Chris Davis contract stalemate

What’s the problem?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 131 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, chris davis, orioles

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE LOS ANGELES BROWNS

In an alternate universe, third baseman Brooks Robinson dives for a hot grounder and comes up throwing a strong peg to first, his Browns jersey covered in fresh dirt.
Or Frank Robinson, the greatest Brownie of them all, launches a blast beyond the ivy-covered left-field wall at Wrigley Field, the ball bouncing against the front door of a bungalow on 41st Street.
Or Cal Ripken, having just played in his 2,131st consecutive game, acknowledges the home crowd in a rousing speech: “For all of your support over the years, I want to thank you, the fans of Los Angeles, from the bottom of my heart. This is the greatest place to play.”
Ok, so maybe none of this happened quite this way. But it could have, and almost did.
In one of the greatest “what if” stories in baseball history, the St. Louis Browns, the precursor to today’s Baltimore Orioles, nearly became the Los Angeles Browns.

with yesterday’s move of St. Loyee to LA—it almost happened once before.

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 13, 2016 at 10:05 PM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, st. louis browns, what if

Friday, January 01, 2016

Happy New Year: Taking a look at 10 Orioles to watch in 2016 - Baltimore Sun

This does not look like it will end well.

1. Dylan Bundy
The Orioles’ top prospect’s role on the major league club – and most importantly his health – will be one of the top storylines of spring training. Bundy, who signed a major league deal in 2011 after the club selected him fourth overall, is out of minor league options. So the Orioles must carry him on the big league roster or they would undoubtedly lose him on waivers. Provided he’s healthy, Bundy can help the Orioles, most likely as a reliever. But he has made only 17 minor league appearances since Tommy John elbow reconstruction in 2013 and missed most of last season with shoulder issues.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 01, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Thursday, December 31, 2015

School of Roch: More on Orioles’ interest in Denard Span

Not really true, but great line.

With the Orioles in the market for another left-handed bat and searching for one more outfielder, it’s natural to link them to Denard Span as we approach 2016.
Span also would fill their need for a leadoff hitter, allowing them to lower Manny Machado in the order. They place a great deal of emphasis on defense, and Span isn’t suited for New Year’s Eve celebrations because he rarely lets a ball drop.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 31, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: denard span, orioles

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

White Sox, Orioles pursuing Yoenis Cespedes | MLB.com

The White Sox and Orioles have emerged as the favorites to sign Cespedes, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. The Angels, Giants and Rangers are all reportedly monitoring the situation as well.

Cespedes, 30, has been reportedly seeking a six-year deal or at least a deal worth more than $100 million after a career year in 2015. He batted .291/.328/.542 with 35 home runs and 105 RBIs in 159 games with the Tigers and Mets. CBS Sports reported last week that a reunion with the Mets is unlikely, as they had turned their sights toward a complementary fifth outfielder instead.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, orioles, white sox, yoenis cespedes

Friday, December 18, 2015

School of Roch: Orioles and Boras continue talks regarding Davis

It’s Scott Boras so the negotiation won’t be easy.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, free agents, orioles

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Orioles, Hyun-soo Kim agree to 2-year contract - Baltimore Sun

With focus on filling an outfield hole, adding a left-handed bat and bolstering their woeful on-base percentage from this past season, the Orioles have agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with South Korean left fielder Hyun-soo Kim, according to an industry source.
...
Listed as 6 feet 2, 220 pounds by the KBO, Kim is a career .318 hitter with a lifetime on-base percentage of .406. More impressive, Kim walked 101 times and had 63 strikeouts in 2015 and has had more walks (597) than strikeouts (501) over his career.

That’s a big plus for an Orioles team that had the third fewest walks (418) and third most strikeouts (1,331) in the American League this past season. The Orioles’ .307 on-base percentage was 24th in the major leagues.

There’s a question as to how Kim’s impressive statistics in Korea will translate to the major leagues, since the KBO is considered a hitter-friendly league (though Kim’s home ballpark is one of the most spacious in the KBO).

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: hyun-soo kim, orioles

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Hot stove: Orioles go over $150M in bid for Davis, but there’s still a gap - CBSSports.com

Speaking as a Red Sox fan, I hope the Orioles give him what he wants.

Davis is believed to be seeking a $200 million, eight-year deal, and while that sounds like a significant gap, the sides are staying close in touch.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 10:37 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, free agents, orioles

School of Roch: Boras doesn’t think Orioles have drawn “any lines in the sand” in Davis talks

Do the Orioles want him back or just want to appear to want him back?

Executive vice president Dan Duquette, manager Buck Showalter and team sources have stated that the Orioles are close to moving away from Davis. However, Boras wouldn’t confirm that he’s received a firm deadline from the club.

“The way we usually handle free agency is we create an exchange so everyone can get the most information that they can in each respective situation,” he said. “I don’t think anyone draws any lines in the sand about how this is going to go forward or not.”

Asked to describe Davis’ market, Boras replied, “Well, I think you have to describe talent, and if you were to add the number of home runs that two very fine players have, (Jason) Heyward and (Justin) Upton, if you were to add the number of home runs they had over the last three years, Chris Davis would still have more home runs. It tells you about how prolific his talent is. He truly is the best available home run hitter in the game and probably will be for a few years, anyway, so he’s a pretty special talent.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:51 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, orioles

Sunday, December 06, 2015

MLBTR: Orioles to Re-Sign Darren O’Day

Me say Day, me say Day-O…

Reliever Darren O’Day has agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Orioles, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweets. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (who originally tweeted that a return to the Orioles was likely) says O’Day will receive $31MM. O’Day is a client of the Ballengee Group.

O’Day had been deciding between the Orioles and Nationals. He had also been connected to the Braves and Dodgers. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun tweets that O’Day came close to agreeing to terms with the Nationals on Friday, but that the Orioles made a last-second bid of four years, sealing O’Day’s decision to return to Baltimore. O’Day’s wife is a reporter based in Washington DC, and it had been thought that influenced his preference to stay in the DC area.

JEe (Jason) Posted: December 06, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, orioles

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Orioles trade for Mariners’ Mark Trumbo | MLB.com

Jeffry Dipoto continues the revamp in Seattle.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2015 at 11:02 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mark trumbo, orioles, trades

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Chris Davis and the ‘hometown discount’ - Baltimore Sun

According to sources, the Orioles ultimately don’t believe they’ll be the highest bidder for Davis, who is 29 and has hit more homers than any other major leaguer in the past four years. One source said that the organization would not be comfortable agreeing to a $150 to $175 million deal with Davis, which seems like it could be the market range.

Yet sources also say the Orioles believe they have a fighting chance to retain Davis—and that’s where the hometown discount will have to come in.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, free agents, orioles

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

School of Roch: This, that and the other

A lot of good Orioles info in this article.

Showalter also preached the importance of kids playing more than one sport. He sees no value in sticking only to baseball.

“I had a pitcher who was a high draft pick,” Showalter recalled, “and I said, ‘What did you play when you weren’t pitching? Did you play first base, did you play the outfield? What did you play?’ And he goes, ‘I didn’t play.’ I said, ‘What? You didn’t hit? You didn’t play another position? You didn’t play another sport?’ And it brought a lot of things into focus about the issues he had.

“The consistency of bios in media guides will tell you that the really good guys played multiple sports and they had their time occupied between sports. They let the joints, the body, the shoulders, the elbows, the growth plates close completely and they had fun as a young kid. I tell that to parents all the time. They say, ‘What should I do with my son?’ I go, ‘Let him have fun, let him be a kid, let him grow up, let him find something that he has a passion about.’

“A lot of really good baseball players and golfers I know pick the game up late, real late. People have to make these decisions as a parents. Don’t put it in the hands of a coach.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Thursday, November 12, 2015

School of Roch: Catching up on the catching situation

Saltalamacchia is a switch-hitter with a career .240/.311/.419 slash line in nine seasons. He’s below-average behind the plate, but he did hit 25 home runs with the Red Sox in 2012 and the team signing him would pay only the league minimum. The Marlins are on the hook, so to speak, for the rest of the $8 million he’s owed next season.

It would simply be a depth signing. If not him, someone else. It won’t be presented as a major acquisition. It’s not evidence that Duquette is ignoring more important needs on the roster.

Duquette has been meeting with various executives and agents. He’s plotting ways to acquire two outfielders, along with a starting pitcher. He’s trying to stay in the running for a few of his own free agents, including Chris Davis and Darren O’Day. He isn’t putting 100 percent of his energy and focus into another backup catcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Monday, November 09, 2015

Baltimore Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy scratched from third Arizona Fall League start | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

TINSTAAPP.

The Orioles’ No. 2 prospect has been scratched from his third AFL start for Peoria on Monday. Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reported that the scratch came as a result of “lingering [right] elbow stiffness” and that although nothing appears wrong with the elbow, the problem could bring Bundy’s Fall League campaign to a close.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 01:49 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Judge rules in favor of Orioles in MASN Court Case

Nearly six months after the trial hearing, and three years after the dispute began between MASN and the Nationals, the verdict is in on the court case involving tens of millions of dollars of rights fees. The thirty-page decision provides the immediate conclusion that the court has thrown out the ruling made by baseball’s panel - a victory for the Orioles - but offers no other resolution to the case.

Page 27 of the ruling is particularly interesting.

Under the circumstances, the Court concludes that this complete inaction objectively demonstrates an utter lack of concern for fairness of the proceeding that is “so inconsistent with basic principles of justice” that the award must be vacated.

birdlives is one crazy ninja Posted: November 04, 2015 at 02:55 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: masn, nationals, orioles

Monday, October 26, 2015

Orioles free agents will be free after World Series - Baltimore Sun

Team building is an incredibly interesting topic. It’s why I’ve loved playing in intricate sim leagues for so long. Who do you sign? Who do you get? How do you balance out long-term vs. short-term?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 10:56 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, orioles

Thursday, October 15, 2015

1971 Orioles: A Record That Will Never Be Broken - The InscriberMag

I remember that season. Too bad it’s impossible for pitchers to go on four-days rest now.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles

Friday, October 02, 2015

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy says he has played entire season with torn labrum in left shoulder - Baltimore Sun

Playing with a torn labrum can’t be fun.

Hardy—who signed a three-year, $40 million extension last October, is signed through the 2017 season with a $14 million vesting option for 2018 based on plate appearances.

Hardy said that if the shoulder ailments persisted next year, it could impact how long he plans to continue playing.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2015 at 05:17 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, j.j. hardy, orioles

Friday, September 25, 2015

Tension building inside Orioles organization | FOX Sports

I can’t see Duquette getting the boot one year after the team prevented him from leaving.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 07:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, dan duquette, general managers, orioles

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