While the focus has been on trading the Orioles' pending free agents before this month's nonwaiver trade deadline, the focus is likely to shift to its top long-term assets, Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy.
Spring training competition is nothing new for Orioles right-hander Vance Worley. Every year, it seems, he's trying to prove his worth. This spring, the 28-year-old Worley finds himself with his fourth team in five years, once again fighting for a spot on the 25-man roster.
The Orioles' first-half statistics aren't pretty, but they hold one statistical trump card. The only one that really, truly matters right now: .529. That's the fifth best winning percentage in the American League.
If there's anything fans will remember about the eighth inning of Tuesday night's All-Star Game in Kansas City, it'll probably be seeing flamethrowers Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman light up the radar gun one after the other for the National League.
Right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson, the best free agent remaining on the market, is much more likely to accept a one-year deal and test free agency again after the 2012 season than to ink a multi-year contract, according to an industry source.
Long a solid center fielder and one of baseball's best baserunners, Curtis Granderson has turned into a beast at the plate since working with New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long to rework his swing.