Now that they've made a couple of late-August moves to rectify it, everyone around the Orioles seems comfortable acknowledging it. In settling their revolving doors in the corner outfield spots this season, the standout offense the Orioles have gotten there has been paired with defensive limitations that partially negated the gains.
Left-hander Brian Matusz's suspension appeal was heard Wednesday morning in a conference room at Minute Maid Park. During the one-hour hearing, Matusz appealed the eight-game ban handed down from Major League Baseball for allegedly having a "foreign substance" on his right forearm in the 12th inning of the Orioles' May 23 contest against the Miami Marlins.
In a surprise move, the Orioles have parted ways with veteran outfielder Alejandro De Aza, designating him for assignment Wednesday in order to make roster space for infielder Ryan Flaherty, who was activated of the 15-day disabled list.
In postgame interviews following the Orioles' 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, outfielders Travis Snider and Alejandro De Aza were already toeing the company line. Both spewed cliches about how it¿s all about the team and not individual accomplishments.
SARASOTA, Fla. - For the first time this spring, Orioles starters Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Steve Pearce will make a road trip this afternoon at the O's travel north to Bradenton to play the Pirates at McKechnie Field.
If there is any upside to the departure of long-time right fielder Nick Markakis, it is that the opening in the outfield has turned manager Buck Showalter loose on another versatility quest this spring. On any given day, just about anybody might show up at either of the two corner outfield positions.
The Orioles will play their first split-squad games of spring training Thursday when they travel to Port Charlotte to face the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m. and then play host to the Toronto Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium at 7:05 p.m.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter can break down a position to its most esoteric aspects and then put it back together in terms anyone can understand, which is what he did Monday when the talk turned to filling the club's unexpected opening in right field.
Orioles outfielder Alejandro De Aza had heard the horror stories about how arbitration hearings go -- when the team you're about to play for breaks down each of your flaws in an effort to win the case.
The Orioles' pending one-year deal with infielder Everth Cabrera is still moving forward, but executive vice president Dan Duquette said Thursday that he wasn't certain that it would be finalized by the end of the week.
The departure of right fielder Nick Markakis, who after nine seasons with the Orioles signed a four-year, $44 million contract this winter with the Atlanta Braves, had a significant impact on the players he left behind in Baltimore.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was asked several times about the club's vacant leadoff spot during his meeting with the media and his two Q&A sessions with the fans, but he didn't give any clear indication of how that player will be chosen.
The Orioles have avoided arbitration with right-hander Tommy Hunter by reaching an agreement Monday with the relief pitcher on a one-year deal. It is worth $4.65 million, according to an industry source.
Duquette said the Orioles were "fairly close a couple times" to re-signing Markakis, a homegrown player who has spent his entire nine-year major league career in Baltimore, but the club had a "concern that made the terms an issue for us."