Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he has the Opening Day roster set in his mind, but at this time of year, the team is closely monitoring its options for players who can come in and help off the waiver wire.
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.
Signing Chris Davis to the largest deal in club history won't complete the Orioles' offseason to-do list. They are still seeking to upgrade their rotation and solidify their corner-outfield situation, despite rapidly dissolving markets in both areas.
Up until Saturday, free agents were only able to negotiate with their 2015 clubs, but this morning the market is officially opened up to all teams. Free agents are now free to negotiate and sign with any team.
The struggles of right-hander Miguel Gonzalez don't seem to be going away, and though he says he's healthy and confident, the results have been problematic since he returned from a groin strain in late June.
The Orioles (56-54) have dropped three games behind the Angels (59-51) for the second American League wild card and remain five games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East. The Orioles head to Seattle for the last leg of their three-city West Coast swing with a 3-3 record on this trip.
Keep in mind Buck Showalter once ordered an intentional walk to Barry Bonds with the bases loaded, so the decision on Sunday to walk Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to load the bases with two outs in the 11th inning shouldn't have shocked anyone. That doesn't mean I agree with it.
As Friday¿s 4 p.m. nonwaiver trade deadline looms, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is still attempting to improve the club¿s 25-man roster by adding an outfielder with on-base skills and potentially another pitcher. According to sources in and outside the organization, every indication is that Duquette will make at least one deal by Friday afternoon ¿ though it is not expected to be a blockbuster.
The Orioles (26-30) continue to lurk under .500, but head home having won three of their past four. Even though they finished the road trip with a 3-4 record, they recovered well after losing their first three in Houston.
Left-hander Troy Patton, the Orioles' fifth reliever, gave up two runs and three hits in the 13th, sending the club to its first loss in five extra-inning games this season with an 8-7 loss to the Indians.
ARLINGTON, Texas ¿ The defensive deke play that Adam Jones made Saturday night to fool Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the basepaths in the second inning of the Orioles¿ 7-4 win over Texas got lost in Baltimore¿s offensive outburst, but it might have been one of the most important plays of the night.
Catcher Matt Wieters is up for his second consecutive American League Gold Glove Award, center fielder Adam Jones will be going for the second (2009) of his career and shortstop J.J. Hardy is seeking his first.
In Saturday's 6-5 victory, the trend looked like it finally would be snapped, with their most consistent starter, Jason Hammel, cruising and Adam Jones and Nick Markakis each hitting two-run homers against the Washington Nationals to take a 6-0 lead into the fifth.
The Orioles hit home runs in their first three at-bats ¿ getting solo shots from Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis in the first inning ¿ part of a five-homer game in a 6-5 win in Game 1 of the doubleheader.
Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold is scheduled to undergo an epidural injection in his sore neck, but it appears very doubtful that he¿ll be ready to come off the disabled list as soon as he becomes eligible Wednesday.