The Orioles have been uncharacteristically active early in the offseason, trading for slugger Mark Trumbo, retaining catcher Matt Wieters on a one-year qualifying offer and nearing a deal with relief pitcher Darren O'Day.
Up until Saturday, free agents were only able to negotiate with their 2015 clubs, but this morning the market is officially opened up to all teams. Free agents are now free to negotiate and sign with any team.
The Royals might give some teams cover for staying on budget, but the Orioles don't need to take a lesson from anybody about that. If they want to take something from the Royals, how about a few of their key players?
If Wednesday¿s ALDS Game 5 outcomes were any indicator, this year¿s American League Championship Series should be an entertaining one, but watching the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays play for a ticket to the World Series has to make more Orioles fans gag.
An Orioles team muddling below .500 with just 20 games left in the regular season -- still six games back of the second American League wild-card spot -- took two of three from a Royals team with the best record in the AL this weekend at Camden Yards.
In a 14-8 comeback victory over the Royals on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 45,420 at Camden Yards, it was as if the Orioles finally released some long-festering frustration on baseball's best bullpen.
Following another sub-par performance from right-hander Miguel Gonzalez in the Orioles¿ 3-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night, Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated that Gonzalez will remain in the team¿s starting rotation.
Monday night's series opener ended in an all-too-familiar way, with the Orioles squandering another lead, falling victim to a nightmare seven-run sixth inning in an 8-3 loss to the Royals in front of an announced 27,797 at Kauffman Stadium.
Even though the Orioles used seven relievers in their 11-inning win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon, manager Buck Showalter said he didn't think he would need to call for bullpen reinforcements for the three-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The Orioles didn't play their best baseball this weekend. But after a career day by Nelson Cruz in a 7-5 win in 11 innings over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon, they left Tropicana Field with a 9 1/2-game lead in the American League East.
Brad Brach, Andrew Miller, and Zach Britton combined for three scoreless innings in Thursday¿s 5-4 win, and completed a four-game series against the Rays without allowing an earned run in 14 1/3 innings.
The Orioles' plan all along was to let Kevin Gausman loose in the second half. It took some rigid discipline — limiting his innings and pitch counts earlier this year — and some unpopular roster moves in order to preserve him for the stretch run.
Right-hander Evan Meek and left-hander Brian Matusz combined to give up nine runs -- including seven in a decisive sixth inning -- and the Orioles set a new season-high in runs allowed in a 12-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.
Orioles right-hander Bud Norris said he was "a little bummed out" about being placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a right groin strain, but he understands the club is best served when he is fully healthy.
Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman continues to show that he's grown from the flame-throwing pitcher he was in his previous big league stints to a much more polished starter who can use all his pitches to limit damage.
Second baseman Jonathan Schoop watched Orioles center fielder Adam Jones carry the offense with a pair of towering solo home runs before he hit a two-run shot in the club's 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
On Friday night (and Saturday morning), the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays combined for the longest game, time-wise, in both franchises' histories, a six hour, 54-minute, 18-inning ordeal that ended on David DeJesus' single to right that gave the celebrating Rays a 5-4 win.