On Feb. 8, 2008, the Orioles made a franchise-altering trade when they acquired Adam Jones, along with pitchers Chris Tillman, George Sherrill, Kam Mickolio and Tony Butler, in exchange for left-hander Erik Bedard. Four years later, the Orioles had their first winning season since 1997.
It's so clear now. The deal that brought Hall of Famer Frank Robinson to Baltimore — exactly 50 years ago — is the best trade in Orioles history for so many reasons that there really is no room for debate on the subject. On Dec. 9, 1965, the Orioles sent starting pitcher Milt Pappas, reliever Jack Baldschun and outfielder Dick Simpson to the Cincinnati Reds for a former National League Rookie of the Year and MVP who would immediately lead the club to its first World Series title.
The Orioles sent three players to the All-Star Game last season, just the second time since 2000 that they had multiple representatives. They could have even more this summer, perhaps as many as five or six.
Steve Johnson will go into spring training with the opportunity to stick in the Orioles' starting rotation. Manager Buck Showalter said Johnson will compete for a rotation spot this spring — a competition that will be crowded.
When Adam Jones launched his 30th home run to deliver the crowning blow in the Orioles' three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, it was hard not to think of former O's pitcher Erik Bedard.
This year, his first as the Orioles' full-time closer, Jim Johnson leads the major leagues in saves with 26 at the All-Star break. Right-handed hitters are batting .113 against him, the second-lowest average against among AL relievers.
Helped by family and friends, Orioles outfielder Adam Jones escaped a violent and drug-infested neighborhood in San Diego to become an All-Star and the face of his franchise. He says he'll never forget where he came from.
The Orioles have claimed catcher Luis Exposito off waivers from the Red Sox, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. To make room for Exposito on the club's 40-man roster, the Orioles have designated third baseman Josh Bell for assignment.
His contract set to expire at the end of October, Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail is expected to step down from his position after Wednesday's season finale, perhaps as soon as Thursday.