Second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who was limited to 86 games because of a right knee injury last year, said he has been talking with his buddy Manny Machado about each of them playing 162 games in 2016. Machado was the only major leaguer to play 162 in 2015. "He says if he can do it, I can do it, too," Schoop said. "I've got a lot of work to do, but that's a good goal." … Machado was not at FanFest because he had committed to be with close family friends who were expecting a child this weekend. While answering questions from fans, Showalter joked that if Machado had attended FanFest the sides maybe could have talked about an extension. The manager then added, "Not happy about it," in reference to Machado's absence. … Closer Zach Britton also missed the event because of a snowstorm in Nevada. Other players who did not attend included newcomers Mark Trumbo and L.J. Hoes, as well as outfielder Dariel Alvarez and pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, who was on his honeymoon. … Designated hitter Jimmy Paredes said he has been playing right field every day in winter ball and said it is going well. He said it is important to show the Orioles he can play a position well after struggling at third base and second base last year. … Showalter said during a fan forum that right fielder Alvarez's arm is so good that the club would consider transitioning him to the mound if things don't work out as a position player. But the plan for now is that he will continue to be a position player. … Duquette said the Orioles retain pitcher Pat Connaughton's rights and would want him back if the club's 2014 fourth-rounder leaves pro basketball. Connaughton is currently a little-used reserve with the Portland Trailblazers.