MLBPA executive director Tony Clark tours major league training camps each year to brief players on union business and get a sense of their labor-related concerns. But during a media session after the meeting, Clark expressed his own concerns about the strange saga of free-agent outfielder Dexter Fowler and the circumstances that led to changes in pitcher Yovani Gallardo's new contract.
The Orioles collectively attempted to move on from the Dexter Fowler fiasco on Friday, one day removed from being blind-sided by news that the veteran outfielder was remaining with the Chicago Cubs instead of joining the Orioles. Now, the club is left with more questions than answers.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said he was ¿very surprised¿ to walk into the clubhouse Thursday and find out that Dexter Fowler was remaining with the Chicago Cubs, especially since a conversation Jones had with Fowler earlier in the week gave him every impression he was joining the Orioles.
On the same day that the Orioles expected Dexter Fowler ¿ a 29-year-old who was projected to become the team's starting right fielder and leadoff hitter ¿ to arrive in Sarasota, he was instead in Arizona finalizing a contract with the Cubs.
Imagine everyone's shock and surprise Thursday when Twitter blew up with photos of Dexter Fowler in camp with the Chicago Cubs, and an official announcement that he had signed a one-year deal (with an option) to return to the club after rejecting its qualifying offer in November and agreeing to terms with the Orioles. How strange is this? Well, not much stranger than all the machinations surrounding the Orioles' agreement with free-agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
It was widely reported that Fowler had agreed to terms on a three-year, $33 million deal with the Orioles pending a club physical ¿ news that was confirmed to The Baltimore Sun by a high-level industry source. But on Thursday, Fowler signed a one-year deal to remain with the Chicago Cubs.
The Orioles had another South Korean player in camp on Tuesday, but it's not what you think. Former Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins first baseman Hee Seop Choi was at the Ed Smith Stadium complex as a guest of the team and will spend some time this spring coaching at the Twin Lakes Park minor league facility.
Even if they lost their first-round pick to sign Yovani Gallardo, the Orioles would still have five picks among the first 100 in this year's draft. But relinquishing the first pick could also allow them to be a player for free-agent outfielder Dexter Fowler.
Mor Spirit won the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by 11/2 lengths at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., reinforcing his status as the top 3-year-old in the barn of Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert.
The Orioles have officially announced the signing of Korean outfielder Hyun-soo Kim to a two-year, $7 million deal. The pact was agreed to days ago, but was pending a physical, which has since been passed.
When the Orioles traded Jake Arrieta to the Chicago Cubs on July of 2013, he was toiling in Triple-A , still struggling to fulfill tremendous expectations placed on both him by both the club and himself since he had been anointed one of the promising young home-grown arms destined to bring the Orioles back to respectability.
Jake Arrieta has a legitimate chance to win the NL Cy Young Award tonight, there's a couple of Buck Showlater connection in the manager of the year awards, David Ortiz is retiring and Manny Machado missed on the Platinum Gold Glove.
Dusty Baker was officially introduced as the new manager of the Washington Nationals on Thursday morning. He said this will be his final managerial job and he's looking to check off the final box on his bucket list -- a world title as manager.
Northwestern wide receiver Jelani Roberts (Gilman) is one of five scholar-athletes who will receive National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards during the National Football Foundation Chapter Awards Luncheon on Dec. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado became the youngest player in franchise history to reach 500 career hits with his fifth-inning single in Tuesday¿s 4-1 win over the Washington Nationals, according to STATS, LLC.
Steve Clevenger, who was the designated hitter for the second consecutive game, hadn¿t homered since he was with the Chicago Cubs in 2012. That was shortly before he was sent to the Orioles, along with Scott Feldman, in the deal the shipped Jake Arrieta to Chicago.
Before last Friday's deadline, the O's traded pitching prospect Zach Davies to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Gerardo Parra and sent reliever Tommy Hunter to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Junior Lake.
When the dust settled following Friday afternoon's nonwaiver trade deadline, the Orioles had filled their most glaring need by dealing for an established, hot-hitting outfielder while dealing away one of the core members of their bullpen in a separate move. On Friday morning, the Orioles acquired 28-year-old outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league pitcher Zach Davies. Then, at the 4 p.m. deadline, the Orioles sent right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter to the Chicago
It was nearly eight years ago to the day when Andy MacPhail stood behind a podium and outlined his immediate plans to fix a once-proud baseball organization that was in a 10-year tailspin. This past week, MacPhail, sounding every bit as assured, vowed to do those same three things as he accepted another significant challenge: resurrecting the Philadelphia Phillies, an organization in steep decline.
After two returned last week, more AL East teams are back in the power rankings this week. Has the Orioles¿ hot stretch been enough to make them one of the lucky 10? As always, these rankings are completely subjective, and yet objectively correct.
A set of hot streaks catapulted some long-gone teams back into the rankings this week, including a pair of American League East teams. Were the Orioles one of them? As always, these rankings are completely subjectively, yet still objectively correct.
Baseball isnot quite into the dog days just yet, but these Sports Blitz power rankings certainly might be. The best teams have settled into comfortable spots near the top of the rankings, though the risers -- and fallers -- this week might be surprising. As always, these rankings are completely subjective, yet objectively correct.