Can vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette turn it around over the last weekend before workouts start?
By Baltimore Sun staff
Feb 09, 2018 | 12:00 PM
As for the Yankees, a source on Saturday said they backed off any pursuit of Darvish in recent weeks after having no luck finding a way to trade Jacoby Ellsbury to free up payroll room, with their priority still to stay under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold.
In any case, even if the Darvish signing sparks more activity, there are still 100 or so players looking for jobs, which should make for an especially fascinating spring training, as many surely will begin panicking and perhaps sign team-friendly deals.
Some of those signings will dramatically affect the outlook of one team or another, so while acknowledging that many scenarios could change before Opening Day, click here or the above photo gallery to see the Top 10 storylines.
On Feb. 8, 2008, the Orioles made a franchise-altering trade when they acquired Adam Jones, along with pitchers Chris Tillman, George Sherrill, Kam Mickolio and Tony Butler, in exchange for left-hander Erik Bedard. Four years later, the Orioles had their first winning season since 1997.