This weekend, while the Orioles were in Anaheim, Calif., playing the Los Angeles Angels, executive vice president Dan Duquette met with Jones' agent, Nez Balelo, who is based primarily out of Los Angeles.
With every new indignity, it becomes harder and harder to make the case that Brian Matusz has taken a large step forward this season, even though his velocity has returned and he is showing flashes of his old command.
Brian Matusz saw his one-run lead crumble and then watch from the dugout as the Blue Jays rocked reliever Kevin Gregg in a seven-run sixth inning, handing the Orioles an ugly 9-2 defeat at the Rogers Centre.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he didn¿t really consider giving Mark Reynolds a day off of third base after his rough start Tuesday, in which he made a key error that allowed the Yankees back into a game they eventually won, 5-4.
Now that Orioles fans have had some time to digest left-hander Brian Matusz's 2012 debut, let's really take a look at the pluses and minuses of his outing against the Yankees, a 6-2 loss, on Monday night.
New Orioles baseball operations chief Dan Duquette is fond of saying that "the proof is in the pudding," which raises an important question as the Orioles head into their second series of the regular season: What if the pudding is wearing pinstripes?
Orioles manager Buck Showalter put the team through it's final spring workout on Thursday at Oriole Park and declared the team to be in much better shape than it was at the start of the 2011 season. That may not be saying all that much, but remember that the major headline coming out of the final workout last spring at Tropicana Field was that Brian Matusz would have to start the season on the disabled list. There are some DL guys this year, but there were no late surprises.
Darren O'Day and Troy Patton are in and Zach Phillips is out as the Orioles finalized their Opening Day roster. The Orioles set their rotation behind Jake Arrieta. Minor league catcher Brian Ward was suspended 50 games for violating MLB's drug policy.
After his final outing of the spring, Orioles left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada said he felt physically ready to join the big league club for Opening Day in Baltimore. But the Orioles brass believes Wada, who signed a two-year, $8.14 million contract in December, will benefit from remaining in Sarasota to build up his arm strength and his pitch count.