The Orioles’ pitchers and catchers have reported to Sarasota, and their first organized workout begins today at noon.
In today’s Sun, you can read about the Orioles’ plan for Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman; the promise derived from Nolan Reimold, Tsuyoshi Wada and Brian Roberts returning to the field; and Peter Schmuck’s take on Dan Duquette’s quiet offseason.
If you’ve already waded through all of that, here’s what some of the national outlets are writing about the Orioles:
--- General manager turned ESPN Insider Jim Bowden ranked the offseasons of each team in baseball, and he’s in the large camp that feels the O’s didn’t do nearly enough. (NOTE: Insider account needed for the full story.)
Here’s what he has to say about the O’s:
The Orioles had a very quiet offseason marked by signing Duquette and manager Buck Showalter to long-term deals. They increased their payroll by approximately $20 million because of arbitration. But this left Duquette very little room to maneuver. A team that went from 93 losses in 2011 to 93 wins in 2012 did very little to continue the momentum.
If you were wondering, he has Toronto atop the list and the LA teams close behind.
--- Speaking of Duquette, Grantland’s Jonah Keri spent 10 minutes with the EVP.
Not much new ground covered here, but Duquette gives a pretty strong shout-out to the Baltimore fan base at the end:
The fans really got behind us, especially in August, September, and October — the playoff game against the Yankees was terrific. We're a hard-working, lunch-pail club. That's who we are. That's who the city is.
--- The Sporting News has a story by Susan Slusser (also a San Francisco Chronicle writer) about how the Orioles and Oakland A’s hope to tap into last season’s magic.
In it, A’s GM Billy Beane says he can see the Orioles replicating their success.
“There’s no reason they can’t do what they did again,” Beane says. “I can’t imagine they won’t, especially when they have some other young players coming. … I look at them as a team that will get better. I view Baltimore’s rise as great for baseball.”
--- Finally, since I know how much you enjoy uniform news, this video interview with Duquette from Tuesday includes a few shots of the Orioles out on the field wearing the new batting practice cap.
That’s it for this morning’s links. Stay tuned to the Orioles Insider blog for updates from today’s first organized workout.