Orioles Rumors & News

  • Oblique no longer an issue for Britton

    MLB.com "Zach Britton's oblique soreness is gone. A day after he threw a bullpen session on Monday, the Orioles' star closer complained of discomfort in his left side. Britton said on Sunday morning that with the pain gone, he was ready to get started. "Nothing beyond today, but I'm going to go out..." February 26

  • Orioles re-sign Paul Janish to minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Orioles signed free agent shortstop Paul Janish to another minor league deal on Saturday, reports Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. The contract includes an invite to spring training. It’s hardly a surprising move for the Orioles, who have released and re-signed the 34-year-old infielder to..." February 25

  • Orioles' Michael Bourn out four weeks with broken finger, Welington Castillo scratched

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles suffered their first freak injury of spring training Saturday when outfielder Michael Bourn was diagnosed with a broken right ring finger suffered while catching a football after Friday’s workout in Sarasota. Bourn is expected to miss four weeks, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said,..." February 25

  • Orioles executive: Trump should apologize before throwing out a first pitch

    USA Today "A Baltimore Orioles executive says he'd prefer President Trump not throw out a first pitch at Camden Yards without first apologizing for statements that could be viewed as problematic "from a race, ethnicity, religious, gender, disability" standpoint. John Angelos, son of owner Peter Angelos..." February 24

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Orioles acquire Vidal Nuno from Dodgers

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles added another piece to their pitching depth Sunday, acquiring left-handed reliever Vidal Nuño in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Orioles will send minor league right-hander Ryan Moseley, who pitched at short-season Class-A Aberdeen last season, to the Dodgers in the..." February 20

  • Despite rivalry, Machado reached out to Ventura's family following death

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles third baseman Manny Machado reached out to the family of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura in the days following the right-hander’s death in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic this offseason. During a June game against the Royals at Camden Yards, Machado charged the mound..." February 18

  • Brad Brach Wins Arbitration Hearing Against Orioles

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-hander Brad Brach won his arbitration hearing against the Orioles yesterday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports (via Twitter). As a result, he’ll earn the $3.05MM that he and agent Brian Charles of Big League Management proposed instead of the $2.525MM proposed by the team. Brach’s salary..." February 17

  • L.J. Hoes suspended 50 games for a drug of abuse

    Baltimore Sun "Former Orioles outfielder L.J. Hoes received a 50-game suspension on Wednesday for violating minor league baseball’s drug program after testing positive for a drug of abuse for the second time in his career. Hoes – a Prince George’s County native who was the Orioles’ minor league player of the..." February 16

  • Chris Tillman's shoulder issue will test Orioles' rotation depth early in 2017

    CBS Sports "The Baltimore Orioles opened spring training Monday and have already received some bad news. Right-hander Chris Tillman is still recovering from a shoulder issue and won't be ready to begin the regular season. MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli has the details. Tillman missed a little more than two..." February 15

  • Heyman: Orioles reach deal with 3B-1B Juan Francisco

    Fanrag Sports "The Baltimore Orioles have reached a deal with 3B/1B Juan Francisco, sources confirm to FanRag Sports. Mibelt Rodriguez was the first to report the deal. Francisco, who turns 30 in June, last played in 2014 for the Toronto Blue Jays. What originally began as a minor league contract turned into..." February 15

  • 5 MLB teams that could disappoint in 2017

    Yardbarker "Pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training, and most teams have at least some optimism for the 2017 season. Some teams have higher hopes than others, with playoff appearances and World Series contention on their minds. Only ten teams can play into October, though, and here are a few..." February 14

  • Duquette responds to Jones' claim that Orioles' OF lacks athleticism

    MLB.com "Orioles center fielder Adam Jones made headlines at FanFest in January when he called for better, more athletic personnel in the outfield. On Monday, O's executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Jones hadn't talked to him about his displeasure with the team's attempt to..." February 14

  • Orioles, Chris Johnson agree to minor-league deal

    CBS Baltimore "The Baltimore Orioles have signed Chris Johnson to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Johnson, 32, is the son of Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson. Though he’s primarily a third baseman, Johnson also has played first base in the majors and five innings in the outfield." February 13

  • Matt Wieters is drawing interest from the Rays

    Hardball Talk "The Rays are rumored to be one of the “new teams” in on veteran catcher Matt Wieters, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. It’s no secret that Wieters’ market is shrinking as the offseason wears on, which has most often been attributed to his declining offense over the past two years, lingering..." February 13

  • Mets send Ynoa to Orioles in exchange for cash

    MLB.com "Facing a 40-man roster crunch, the Mets traded pitching prospect Gabriel Ynoa to the Orioles for cash on Friday. Ynoa was No. 18 on the Mets' 2016 Top 30 Prospects list and made his big league debut in 2016, starting three games and coming out of the bullpen in seven others. He finished with a..." February 10

  • Why is veteran catcher Matt Wieters still on the free-agent market?

    Fox Sports "Every time I quote Scott Boras at length in a story about an unsigned Scott Boras client, I hear it from club officials, fans, even reporters. So, here we are with catcher Matt Wieters, who is by far the best remaining player in this year’s free-agent market, and still available with..." February 09

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Twins sign Drew Stubbs to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Twins have signed outfielder Drew Stubbs to a minor league contract, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. Stubbs, 32, spent the 2016 season with the Braves, Rangers, and Orioles. " February 08

  • More on Andino signing, arbitration negotiations, remaining business

    Masn "While the Orioles continue their search for another outfielder and still intend to upgrade their pitching depth, they’ve addressed the need for infield depth by signing Johnny Giavotella and Robert Andino to minor league deals. Both players figure to begin the 2017 season at Triple-A Norfolk..." February 07

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Blue Jays’ AL East rivals nearing completion of off-season moves

    Sportsnet "After months of steady activity, the pace of off-season moves has finally slowed around Major League Baseball. There are still signings, of course—baseball’s transactional churn has become a 12-month-a-year reality—but at this point we’re discussing Carlos Villanueva instead of Carlos Beltran,..." February 06

  • Orioles, Gausman avoid arbitration with $3.45M deal

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles settled with right-hander Kevin Gausman on a $3.45 million contract for 2017, according to an industry source, allowing the club to avoid salary arbitration with one of its brightest young stars. Gausman, who is in his first year of arbitration, was set for a hearing this week after..." February 05

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Adam Jones: “The market is really, really crazy”

    Masn "Adam Jones won’t reach free agency, barring an extension on his contract, until the conclusion of the 2018 season. It doesn’t tap him on the shoulder, but he can feel its presence. Jones has stated that whether he stays in Baltimore depends on the front office, that he’s not calling all the..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Caleb Joseph loses arbitration case with the Orioles

    Fanrag Sports "Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph has lost his arbitration case, sources tell FanRag Sports. As a result, he will now earn $700,000 for his services during the 2017 season. Joseph requested $1 million, ultimately forcing his negotiation with the Orioles to a hearing. The 30-year-old..." February 03

  • Orioles sign Johnny Giavotella

    Fanrag Sports "A source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports that veteran infielder Johnny Giavotella has signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles. As a result, Giavotella will earn $1.1 million if he were to reach the big leagues in 2017 – plus incentives, that is. On the other..." February 02

  • Matt Wieters' current unemployment worries Orioles players on several levels

    Baltimore Sun "Matt Wieters’ absence was mentioned often last weekend at Orioles FanFest, but not for the reason you might think. Yes, some players noted that their longtime catcher being unsigned meant the door was open for a return to the Orioles, even if the presence of Welington Castillo, Francisco Pena..." February 01

  • Britton rejected multi-year offer from Orioles

    Fanrag Sports "The Baltimore Orioles made star closer Zach Britton an offer for a two-year deal plus a team option at some point this winter, and while the sides agreed to an $11.4 million deal for 2017, there’s no evidence the multiyear offer jump-started any serious multiyear talks. Britton and the Orioles..." January 31

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Once one of baseball’s best catchers, Matt Wieters struggles to find a new team

    Washington Post "It’s not hard to pinpoint when Matt Wieters went from a franchise cornerstone for the Baltimore Orioles to just another guy going year-to-year in an unforgiving free-market. On June 18, 2014, Wieters underwent reconstructive surgery on his right elbow, an unavoidable, unfortunate fact that changed..." January 30

  • Ex-MLB player Aubrey Huff crushed for immigration tweet

    Larry Brown Sports "Former MLB player Aubrey Huff decided to share his thoughts on the rash of protests that have broken out across the United States in recent weeks, and it did not go very well for him. On Sunday night, Huff tweeted that all of the people who were getting together to protest should consider..." January 30

  • Nationals agree with right-hander Vance Worley on a minor league contract

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals have signed Vance Worley to a minor league contract with a spring training invite, the club announced Saturday evening. The contract includes a $1 million base salary if he makes the major league roster, with up to $1.65 million in possible incentives, according to a..." January 29

  • Orioles' pitching depth a priority as spring training approaches

    Baltimore Sun "The stated goal of the Orioles’ offseason every year, even if all of their starting pitchers are returning, is to improve their pitching depth through free agency. That seems to be the main remaining goal this year, with both executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter..." January 29

  • Adam Jones: Orioles haven't done enough to improve defense, athleticism in outfield

    Baltimore Sun "Several years ago, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones called on the organization to start being more aggressive in keeping its own players once they hit free agency. Recent history illustrates that has been heeded, but now Jones has another call to above: improve the level of athleticism when it..." January 28

  • Chris Davis: Jose Bautista is ‘easy to dislike’

    Larry Brown Sports "Chris Davis made it pretty clear on Saturday that he’s no fan of Jose Bautista. Bautista re-signed with the Toronto Blue Jays two weeks ago after going a few months on the free agent market. There was some speculation that the Baltimore Orioles would have interest in Bautista, but that didn’t..." January 28

  • Manny Machado, Zach Britton on possible contract extension talks

    Masn "Two Orioles All-Stars said again today at FanFest that they’d like to sign long-term contracts with the team. But both third baseman Manny Machado and closer Zach Britton also said it has been quiet on that front so far this winter. Machado, who like Britton can be a free agent at the end of..." January 28

  • Braves claim Adam Brett Walker off waivers from Orioles

    Fanrag Sports "According to an official statement released by the club on Thursday afternoon, the Atlanta Braves have claimed minor league outfielder Adam Brett Walker off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. In doing so, the Braves were forced to part ways with veteran catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, who was placed..." January 26

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • Adam Jones to serve as penalty box attendant for minor league hockey team

    Larry Brown Sports "Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is embarking on a new career, if only for a day. Jones, a San Diego native and season ticket holder for the AHL’s San Diego Gulls, signed a contract for Friday that will allow him to be an off-ice official in the team’s next game. “I’m living out my..." January 23

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22