Orioles Rumors & News

  • Manny Machado calls Aaron Judge ‘a great kid’ and says tampering talk ‘blown out of proportion’

    New York Daily News "Just leave our conversation on the field. That's the message Manny Machado had for Aaron Judge. Machado finally weighed in Friday after the Yankee slugger was reprimanded by Major League Baseball earlier this week for talking about the Orioles star. "I think it was just blown out of..." March 16

  • Didi Gregorius feels the looming Manny Machado threat

    New York Post "Didi Gregorius was well aware of Manny Machado’s impending free agency even before it gained national attention, when Aaron Judge told the Orioles’ shortstop that he would “look good in pinstripes.” And while many expect the Yankees to make a serious run at Machado following this season, it can..." March 16

  • Orioles' Mark Trumbo: Out 3-to-4 weeks with quad strain

    CBS Sports "Trumbo is dealing with a Grade 2 quadriceps strain and will be sidelined for 3-to-4 weeks, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. Trumbo picked up the quad injury earlier in the month, and while it was originally thought to be minor, an MRI on Thursday revealed the slugger was dealing with..." March 15

  • Aaron Judge’s Machado recruitment draws MLB warning

    New York Post "The Yankees got their first spring-training look at potential free-agent target Manny Machado on Wednesday. And Aaron Judge said he took the opportunity to make his pitch to the Baltimore third baseman-turned-shortstop, who is due to become one of the top two free-agent bats next..." March 15

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Aaron Judge pitches Manny Machado on joining the Yankees: ‘He’d look good in pinstripes’

    New York Daily News "Manny Machado won't be a free agent until next offseason, but Aaron Judge is already making his pitch to the All-Star shortstop on why he should join the Yankees. "Adding him to our lineup that we've already got would be something special. I told him he'd look good in pinstripes," Judge..." March 14

  • Scott Boras adds fuel to Bryce Harper, Manny Machado Phillies rumors

    Newark Star-Ledger "The never-ending rumors are about to get louder, Phillies fans. With Jake Arrieta on board for the 2018 season, the Phillies have taken their rebuild into overdrive and committed toward chasing a winning season this summer. By next winter, we could be looking at an ascending team with a chance..." March 14

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Orioles Sign Hunter Cervenka

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have signed lefty Hunter Cervenka to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement. He’ll join the minor-league side of camp. Cervenka, 28, lost his 40-man spot with the Marlins late last year and was released a few days ago. Things just never worked out in Miami after the team..." March 13

  • Buster Olney Thinks Phillies Are Eventual Landing Spot for Manny Machado in Free Agency

    12 Up "Manny Machado has had one hell of a run in Baltimore. In his six seasons there, he's finished in the top ten in MVP voting three times including two top-five finishes, he's smacked 138 home runs, and posted a .279 batting average. While the Orioles would probably love to have Machado for the..." March 13

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Orioles to give kids under 9 free admission to upper deck seats

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball has spent a lot of time wondering about how to court and keep young fans and how to get more families to the ballpark. While I’m sure they have retained all manner of marketing and demographic experts to look into all of that, the most obvious problem is that baseball tickets..." March 12

  • The Orioles gave Andrew Cashner a beard exemption

    Hardball Talk "Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun wrote a “getting to know Andrew Cashner” story over the weekend. It’s the usual sort of spring training story regarding a new signee: this is who he is, this is what motivates him, this is how he’s relating to his new teammates, etc. etc. It contains one..." March 12

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • Dan Duquette ready for final run with Machado, core

    MLB.com "Asked Sunday morning who has stood out to him in Orioles camp thus far, Dan Duquette rattled off a list of names including Hunter Harvey, DJ Stewart, Ryan Mountcastle, Tanner Scott and Chance Sisco, before adding, "Manny Machado looks like he's poised to have a good year." Then Duquette..." March 05

  • Orioles' Davis undergoing MRI after dealing with sore forearm, elbow

    Masn "Orioles manager Buck Showalter said first baseman Chris Davis will undergo an MRI this afternoon on his right elbow/forearm area due to soreness that’s increased in severity over the past few days. Davis has been restricted to the designated hitter role to avoid throwing. He’s 2-for-13 with one..." March 03

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02

  • Orioles agree to terms on minor league deal with Danny Valencia

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles added another free-agent piece on Friday, agreeing to terms with veteran Danny Valencia on a minor league deal, according to an industry source. The deal is pending medical review, according to the source, and could be finalized on Saturday. It is unknown whether it includes a big..." March 02

  • The cores of the baseballs used since 2015 have changed

    Hardball Talk "Last year two different studies — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur — found evidence that baseballs were altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season. In 2015, 4,909 home runs were hit across the league. That wasn’t..." March 01

  • Colby Rasmus on why he left baseball — and why he’s back

    Sportsnet "It looks like we haven’t seen the last of Colby Rasmus in the major leagues. The outfielder is, in his own words, “jumping on this roller coaster again,” with a training camp invitation in hand after signing a minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles earlier this month. Rasmus, who spent..." February 28

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams Over Revenue Sharing Funds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has initiated a grievance proceeding against the Athletics, Marlins, Pirates, and Rays regarding those teams’ spending of revenue sharing dollars, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. This general issue has been..." February 27

  • Orioles sign Pedro Alvarez to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "Pedro Alvarez is staying in Baltimore. The Orioles announced today that they have signed the designated hitter to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Alvarez, 31, will earn $1 million if makes the major league roster and can earn up to $2 million in..." February 26

  • Orioles, Alvarez agree to minor-league deal

    Baltimore Sun "For the third straight year, the Orioles have signed veteran lefty slugger Pedro Alvarez as a spring training addition. The Orioles have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with Alvarez that will include an invitation to big league camp, according to an industry source. Given the fact..." February 25

  • Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop scratched with elbow bursitis

    ESPN "Jonathan Schoop, the starting second baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, has bursitis in his left elbow and is expected to miss some time, manager Buck Showalter said Friday. Schoop, who agreed to an $8.5 million deal earlier this month to avoid arbitration, had his elbow drained and was..." February 24

  • Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • Orioles' continued pursuit of lefty outfield bat leading them to Colby Rasmus

    Baltimore Sun "With the number of left-handed-hitting outfielders available on the free-agent market dwindling, the Orioles have turned their focus to a potential deal with veteran outfielder Colby Rasmus, according to an industry source. The club had interest in Rasmus throughout the offseason, but there..." February 21

  • Orioles Sign Alex Presley To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles announced that they’ve signed veteran outfielder Alex Presley to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training. Presley, a Sports Pro Services client, gives the Orioles a left-handed-hitting option to add to their outfield mix, which they’ve reportedly been..." February 19

  • Chris Tillman returning to Orioles on one-year, major league deal

    Baltimore Sun "The potential reunion between the Orioles and right-hander Chris Tillman always seemed to make sense for both sides, almost as if they needed each other. In retooling their starting rotation, the Orioles needed a pitcher who had proven to be successful and durable in the past, and Tillman needed..." February 19

  • Adam Jones: 'We are here for one reason'

    MLB.com "Adam Jones wants it known. The veteran outfielder, who is entering the final years of his extension with Baltimore, wants to win. At this stage in his career, Jones isn't prioritizing money or length of contract. The fierce competitor wants some hardware. "I'm going to make the best decision..." February 18

  • Manny Machado downplays significance of offseason trade talks

    Masn "Manny Machado’s equipment bag from the World Baseball Classic arrived at his locker this morning a few minutes before the three-time All-Star, who walked into the clubhouse with a big smile on his face, approached every teammate, and offered a handshake and a hug. One at a time. Every player he..." February 17

  • Machado says heart is at shortstop, staying there could impact free agent decision

    CBS Sports "This is a year of great significance for Manny Machado. Machado will qualify for free agency come the winter, meaning this is likely his final go-around with the Baltimore Orioles. It's also his first season as an everyday shortstop, having previously played the position in just 52..." February 17

  • Chris Tillman expected to choose team within next few days, could return to Orioles

    Baltimore Sun "A potential reunion between the Orioles and right-hander Chris Tillman is very much still alive as the team looks to continue to upgrade its rotation after the signing of former Texas Rangers starter Andrew Cashner. Mutual interest remains between the sides and Tillman is expected to make his..." February 17

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Orioles sign Andrew Cashner, report says

    Newark Star-Ledger "Teams looking for starting pitching depth have one less option on Thursday, with word that the Baltimore Orioles are signing former Texas Rangers right-hander Andrew Cashner. Cashner was part of the 2018 free agent class which saw little movement during the offseason. But things have been..." February 15

  • Brewers sign veteran left-hander Wade Miley to minor-league deal with invitation to camp

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Brewers added another arm to the mix of candidates for the back of their rotation Wednesday night by signing veteran left-hander Wade Miley to a minor-league deal with an invitation to their spring camp, which opens Thursday. The deal, first reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, gives..." February 15

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • MLB Rumors: Pondering a blockbuster trade that lands Manny Machado in New York

    The Athletic "Let’s start with multiple disclaimers. The trade scenario I am about to discuss is no more than a concept and, as far as I know, it is not currently under serious discussion. The teams kicked around the idea, according to a major-league source, but even if they could agree on the particulars –..." February 14

  • Orioles will watch Lincecum throw this week

    Masn "The Orioles will be counted among the teams attending Tim Lincecum’s showcase later this week. The two-time Cy Young Award winner will throw Thursday at Driveline Baseball’s facility outside Seattle, allowing him to dive into a flooded free agent market. Executive vice president Dan..." February 13

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • Orioles agree with Kevin Gausman on $5.6 million deal, have all arbitration-eligible players signed

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman arrived at the Ed Smith Stadium complex Tuesday morning prepared to leave Sarasota for Phoenix to attend his arbitration hearing Wednesday. But just hours later, the club agreed to terms with its final unsigned arbitration-eligible player. Gausman, the last..." February 13

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • The Orioles are interested in Collin McHugh

    Hardball Talk "The Orioles have reportedly reached out to the Astros about right-hander Collin McHugh, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com. While a trade doesn’t appear to be imminent, McHugh could help bolster the Orioles’ woefully thin rotation, an opportunity he’s unlikely to get in Houston as the..." February 11

  • Britton calls Orioles' lack of offseason moves 'a little frustrating'

    Masn "With the free agent market still overflowing due to a winter-long freeze, a neat trick if you know anything about liquids and temperatures, the Major League Baseball Players Association is arranging a “31st camp” for unemployed players at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The list of participants..." February 11

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • Former Orioles utility man Ryan Flaherty signs with Phillies

    Baltimore Sun "Utility man Ryan Flaherty, who has been a key piece on Orioles clubs the past six years, has agreed to on a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to industry sources. The Orioles had interest in bringing Flaherty, 31, back and had been in discussions with him in recent..." February 08

  • Orioles sign David Holmberg, Elvis Araujo

    Yardbarker "The Orioles have announced the signings of lefties David Holmberg and Elvis Araujo. Baltimore also made its deal with Craig Gentry official. Neither Holmberg nor Araujo will be invited to MLB spring training. Both have recent MLB experience. Holmberg, 26, threw 57 2/3 innings last year for the..." February 07