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  • Phillies Acquire International Pool Money From Orioles

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies and Orioles have announced a swap in which the Philadelphia organization acquires international bonus pool spending availability. Young catcher Lenin Rodriguez is heading to Baltimore in return. This is the latest in a strong of transactions in which the O’s have..." March 18

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • O’s roster undergoing more changes, Elias on potential additions

    Masn "The arrival of another Sunday signals a third round of roster cuts. A pattern has developed with reductions the past two Sundays. There could be four or five players optioned or reassigned this morning. Forty-six players remain in camp. Pitcher Gregory..." March 18

  • The Orioles' future will hinge on the choices of new GM Mike Elias

    NBC Sports Washington "When new Baltimore general manager Mike Elias walked into the Coral room at the West Palm Beach Hilton, directly ahead was a placard with his name. The sign to the right read, “Jeff Luhnow”, identifying a home for Elias’ former boss in Houston. Elias being stationed next to..." March 14

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Orioles manager Brandon Hyde names Alex Cobb Opening Day starter

    Baltimore Sun "Last spring, Alex Cobb had only just signed with the Orioles by the time Dylan Bundyhad been announced as the Opening Day starter. No such obstacles exist in 2019, as Orioles manager Brandon Hyde on Wednesday named Cobb the Orioles’ fourth different..." March 13

  • Adam Jones, Diamondbacks Reportedly Agree to 1-Year, $3M Contract

    Bleacher Report "After spending more than a decade with the Baltimore Orioles, Adam Jones is changing uniforms. Jones reportedly has a deal in place with the Arizona Diamondbacks, pending a physical, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The contract is reportedly a..." March 11

  • Orioles Acquire Dwight Smith, Designate Josh Osich

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have acquired outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. from the Blue Jays, the Baltimore organization announced. International pool money will go to Toronto in return. The O’s designated lefty Josh Osich to open a 40-man roster spot. " March 08

  • Why Adam Jones being unemployed is bad for baseball, which needs its black stars

    SNY TV "In April 2017, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut, MLB Network aired a roundtable discussion about diversity in the game. Hosted by Harold Reynolds, the panel included Josh Harrison of the Pirates, Chris Archer of the..." March 08

  • Dodgers Claim Donnie Hart, Designate Josh Fields

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have claimed left-hander Donnie Hart off waivers from the Orioles, per an announcement from both clubs. In order to open a spot for Hart on the 40-man roster, Los Angeles surprisingly designated right-hander Josh Fields for assignment. The Dodgers will now have a week to trade..." March 07

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • Twins Acquire International Bonus Money From Orioles

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have acquired $750K in international bonus pool space from the Orioles for right-hander Xavier Moore, per Betsy Helfand of the Pioneer Press. This is the second trade of the day involving Moore, whom the Twins acquired from the Rangers a couple hours ago for outfielder Zack..." March 03

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • Manny Machado calls out the Orioles: 'They didn't show me a little bit of love'

    Baltimore Sun "What a difference a few months — and a move to another coast — can make. It seems like just yesterday that we all thought Manny Machado showed his love for Baltimore during the World Series’ national anthem. Now that Machado has signed a 10-year, $300..." February 27

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • Who's in control of the Orioles? MLB wants answer as owner Peter Angelos ails

    Baltimore Sun "With Orioles owner Peter Angelos in declining health, Major League Baseball has asked the team to inform it by June who is in control of the club, according to multiple sources. The request is the strongest signal yet that the Orioles are transitioning..." February 25

  • Rangers Acquire International Bonus Money From Orioles

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have acquired international slot bonus money from the Orioles in exchange for minor league righty David Lebron, as per an announcement from the Orioles. " February 24

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • Manny Machado to the Padres is the best-case scenario for Orioles fans

    NBC Sports Washington "Manny Machado is signing with a team other than the Orioles, and it’s still music to the ears of everyone in Baltimore. On Tuesday, multiple reports spread that Manny Machado was signing a record-breaking deal with the San Diego Padres. Not the..." February 20

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an SI.com report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • Orioles Sign Alcides Escobar To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Per a team release, the Orioles have signed shortstop Alcides Escobar to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. " February 16

  • The Orioles want Trey Mancini to be their leader. Is that fair and necessary?

    Camden Chat "When Hall of Famer Frank Robinson passed away last week, dozens of articles were written about his legendary career and life. This presented an opportunity for Orioles fans, especially younger ones, to absorb stories and tales about Robinson’s Baltimore teams that they may not..." February 15

  • Orioles’ Chris Davis predicting bounceback season

    Larry Brown Sports "The Baltimore Orioles signed Chris Davis to a seven-year, $161 million deal prior to the 2016 season, and ever since then his statistics have been on a downward slide. Davis, however, believes that he can still be the player the Orioles invested in, and at the start of spring..." February 15

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • Orioles ink Eric Young Jr. to Minors deal

    MLB.com "The Orioles' crowded outfield mix gained another member on Monday when the team signed veteran Eric Young Jr. to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Young, 33, has played parts of 10 seasons with the Rockies, Mets, Braves, Yankees and Angels,..." February 11

  • It doesn’t look good for Chris Davis

    Beyond The Boxscore "In 2018, Chris Davis was just the worst. Not in a double-decker couch sense - which unlike Davis’ performance is a great way to make friends - but literally the worst full-time player in baseball, and possibly the worst ever. You have to give credit to..." February 10

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • Orioles Designate Jack Reinheimer For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles announced Thursday that they’ve designated infielder Jack Reinheimer for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster will go righty Nate Karns, whose previously reported one-year deal with the O’s is now official. " February 07

  • Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, baseball pioneer and first black manager, dies at 83

    USA Today "Frank Robinson was royalty, a legend in the world of baseball. Despite his tremendous accomplishments on and off the field, it was as if his monumental role in baseball history had been forgotten. Maybe now, people will pay attention and realize that Frank Robinson was one..." February 07

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball

    USA Today "The baseball equipment and uniforms have been packed, the trucks are rolling on the highways, and in just a few days, spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona. While local TV crews have breathlessly showed clips and soundbites of team equipment trucks leaving their snowy..." February 06

  • Which MLB teams are actually trying to win in 2019?

    USA Today "Baseball has lurched to the one-week mark until almost every spring training camp opens, and of course you’re well-aware dozens of unsigned players won’t be walking through those doors. But never mind the unknown destinations of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a..." February 06

  • Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a..." February 06

  • Marlins Claim Austin Brice, Designate Isaac Galloway

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins announced that they’ve claimed right-hander Austin Brice off waivers from the Orioles and designated outfielder Isaac Galloway for assignment in order to open a spot on the 40-man roster. Miami also announced its previously reported trade of Nick Wittgren to the Indians. " February 04

  • MLBPA not expected to host free agent camp this year

    SNY TV "With less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, dozens and dozens of quality major league free agents remain jobless. But there are no plans for the Players' Association to repeat last year's experiment with a training camp for unsigned..." February 04

  • Orioles, Jesus Sucre Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles are in agreement on a minor league contract with catcher Jesus Sucre, tweets USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. He’ll be invited to Major League Spring Training and would earn $850K if he makes the big league roster. Sucre can also opt out of the contract on..." February 01

  • After years of the “Showalter effect,” will the new Orioles overachieve?

    Camden Chat "The Orioles and pre-season projections haven’t always jibed together. During the most recent “glory years,” aka the first half of this decade, Baltimore consistently outperformed projections on their way to multiple playoff appearances. Neil Paine examined..." January 30