The Orioles have added more depth for the organization, signing left-handed hitting outfielder Xavier Paul to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, according to a SportsNet Canada report.
When Orioles season-ticket holders receive their renewal packages in the mail over the next few days, they will find slightly higher average ticket prices and an expanded version of the variable-pricing plan that the club has used for single-game ticket sales over the past seven years.
After his five-inning, three-run effort Friday in his first major league start since late July, Jason Hammel said he will prepare as though he's making another start when the next turn comes, but it's still unclear whether the right-hander will stay in the Orioles' rotation.
The Orioles selected the contract of first baseman Dan Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk to add another left-handed bat in place of rookie outfielder Henry Urrutia, who is not with the team in Canada because of visa issues.
Often in the past 15 years, the Orioles have used September as a proving ground for the following season, experimenting with what they had in order to get a better idea of what they needed to fortify in the winter. That won't be the case with the team in the playoff chase in 2013.
The Orioles traded for right-hander Scott Feldman just more than two months ago to fortify their starting rotation. They believed the veteran they acquired from the Chicago Cubs would be a valuable asset in their chase for a playoff spot.
The Orioles made major switches at the catcher position on the first day of roster expansion Sunday, designating backup Taylor Teagarden for assignment while purchasing the contracts of veteran Chris Snyder and Baltimore native Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.
Behind two-run home runs from first baseman Chris Davis and center fielder Adam Jones and a quality start from right-hander Scott Feldman, the Orioles defeated the Rockies, 7-2, before an announced 22,238 on a cool, overcast day at Camden Yards.
With Major League Baseball's trade deadline Wednesday at 4 p.m., Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo does not see the next two days as an opportunity to blow up a struggling team or a chance to spark a late-season push.
The Orioles designated right-hander Jair Jurrjens for assignment Friday to clear room on the 40-man roster for right-hander Jairo Asencio, who joined the Orioles before the series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Scott Feldman was forced to watch from the dugout as the Texas Rangers opened up the game with a six-run sixth inning, charged with a season-high seven runs over 5 1/3 innings as the Orioles dropped a 8-5 decision to Texas in the series opener in front of an announced 24,619 at Camden Yards.