Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette appeared on the Orioles¿ hot stove radio show on 105.7 The Fan Thursday, and addressed a pair of free agents who have popped up as possible late additions to his ballclub¿right-hander Yovani Gallardo and outfielder Dexter Fowler.
The Orioles on Thursday acquired right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from the San Diego Padres for minor league pitcher Jean Cosme, adding an optionable piece who has started and relieved over the past two season to their pitching staff ahead of spring training.
The Orioles managed to bring back Matt Wieters, Darren O'Day and Chris Davis, three of the six players who were in a position to leave for a possibly more lucrative contract with another team. The price tag was staggering — $207.8 million — and that number figures to rise before the club is through upgrading the pitching staff.
Fans thought the Orioles shouldn't hesitate to open their checkbooks to keep their fan favorite in Baltimore long-term. And while it took time — like most big-money deals do — the Orioles finally completed their seven-year, $161 million deal with Davis on Thursday afternoon.
Orioles fans would love to live in a world where their team was willing to spend a guaranteed $230 million for Chris Davis and Wei-Yin Chen on top of $15.8 million next season for Matt Wieters and a record $31 million deal for setup man Darren O'Day. That would certainly show they are committed to fielding a competitive team after last year's .500 finish. What it would not have done, however, was make the Orioles a better team than they were last year.
Hijacked in years past by rehabbing major league stars, free-agent rumors and veterans on tryouts, this year's edition of the Orioles' January minicamp seems to be more focused on its core purpose: getting a look at the stock of young, up-and-coming arms in the organization.
There are important moves to be made and the lingering uncertainty of the Chris Davis situation seems — to a certain extent — to be holding the Orioles hostage as baseball front offices prepare to reopen after the holidays. No one in a position of authority is going to come right out and say that, of course. Dan Duquette said Saturday that the club is "maintaining a dialogue with the free agents we are interested in."
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.
On Saturday, as an estimated 11,500 filled the Convention Center for the Orioles' annual FanFest, the club's message was clear: While the Orioles still want to retain Chris Davis, they are prepared to move on without him.
Though the Orioles still are at least one experienced starting pitcher short of getting back to even this offseason, the fans who crowded into the Baltimore Convention Center for FanFest on Saturday seemed positively inclined toward the front office's early effort. The Orioles have traded for a possible replacement for Chris Davis, retained Matt Wieters and are a few details away from re-signing Darren O'Day. And it was hard to find any fans who were dissatisfied with the level of proactivity
The Orioles expected to acquire additional players at this week's winter meetings, but they enter the final day preparing to return to Baltimore with nothing more than a Rule 5 pick. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Wednesday that the Orioles expect to make a selection in Thursday morning's Rule 5 draft.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette reiterated on MLB Network on Wednesday that the club is still attempting to retain first baseman Chris Davis, but said it hasn¿t reached the point that the team is willing to move to alternate left-handed bats.
The Orioles aren't likely to win the bidding war that is sure to develop for Chris Davis, and the only hope of them doing so is if agent Scott Boras can convince Peter Angelos that Davis is so valuable to the team that the Orioles can't afford not to sign him to a contract far outside the normal economic parameters that govern their payroll.
In fairness to the Orioles, the first few weeks of the baseball offseason have not exactly been packed with hot-stove activity. The free agent market has remained quiet and trading activity has been predictably light. So, it's kind of hard to gauge just how "proactive" Dan Duquette and the Orioles front office have been thus far.
As of 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning, free agents could begin signing with clubs besides the ones they played for in 2015. That means the Orioles' six free agents — Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Davis, Gerardo Parra, Steve Pearce, Darren O'Day and Matt Wieters — can all begin testing their free-agent value elsewhere. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has said the club will have the resources to add players via free agency.
Which Orioles will receive qualifying others? Does a judge¿s ruling Wednesday to throw out an arbiter¿s decision involving the MASN rights dispute mean the club will have more money to spend on free agents?
Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette sought to quiet concerns among the fan base that the coming free-agent exodus would eviscerate the team, but couldn't say for sure that they would be able to prevent that.
On Monday, Orioles manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette laughed at the idea that there was "intense friction" between them or that they were at all concerned about their futures. Both are signed through 2018 and are one season removed from winning the top national awards
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said he was encouraged that third baseman Manny Machado said before Sunday's season finale he was open to a long-term extension, but added that more pressing priorities exist this offseason. After emerging as one of the game's top all-around players this season, Machado will get a hefty raise next season in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He is under team control for the next three seasons, but would become a free agent following the 2018
The Washington Nationals were eliminated from the playoffs when the New York Mets clinched the National League East title. Less than 24 hours after that the tension building in the Washington clubhouse was front and center for all to see. While the Orioles' possible struggles may be behind closed doors, it was hard to miss the action in the Nationals dugout on Sept. 27 when pitcher Jonathan Papelbon went for the throat of teammate and MVP candidate Bryce Harper.
Baseball operations chief Dan Duquette sometimes seems to be in slow motion early in the offseason, but he should see the value in making some moves quickly this winter to allay fear among the fan following of a total roster rebuild.
To pinpoint exactly when the Orioles' 2015 season veered off the tracks and a 96-win division champion became an also-ran, you first have to go back to before the calendar flipped. In early December, three key 2014 Orioles officially signed lucrative four-year deals with other teams. In each instance, executive vice president Dan Duquette had an explanation for letting the player walk.
Standing at his locker Friday afternoon after learning he had won the Most Valuable Oriole Award for the second time in three seasons, Orioles slugger Chris Davis admitted that he wanted the honor badly, given the uncertainty of his future with the organization. Davis has said repeatedly that he wants to return to the Orioles for the right deal. But according to one industry source, there's been no tangible negotiations between the club, Davis and his agent, Scott Boras, in that time.