Right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who agreed to terms on a restructured two-year deal guaranteeing him $22 million, is expected to be at the Ed Smith Stadium complex Thursday and could participate in his first workout as an Oriole the same day. And outfielder Dexter Fowler, whose three-year, $33 million deal is pending a physical, could be just behind him.
It took just one day for the Orioles to salvage their agreement with right-hander Yovani Gallardo as the sides came to terms on Wednesday evening to a restructured two-year deal that will pay Gallardo a guaranteed $22 million, according to an industry source.
Orioles fans still are undoubtedly reeling this morning from Wednesday's news that the team's longest-tenured player, right fielder Nick Markakis, is leaving Baltimore after agreeing to terms on a four-year, $44 million deal with the Atlanta Braves.
At this point, the Orioles (75-55) don't need style points. They just have to keep winning. And with a couple key hits and a bullpen that didn't allow a run in 4 1/3 innings, they have now beaten the Rays (64-68) in 10 of their 14 meetings this season.
The Orioles rallied from a three-run deficit to tie the game in the eighth inning Monday night before left-hander Brian Matusz allowed a game-winning two-run homer to Jerry Sands, handing the Orioles a 5-4 loss -- their third defeat in the past four games -- in front of an announced 10,576 at Tropicana Field.
In what has to be one of the most stunning career reversals in recent baseball history, former Orioles closer Jim Johnson -- who saved at least 50 games in each of the past two seasons -- has been removed from that role after barely two weeks in Oakland.
Orioles fans reached the depths of despair this winter as their team made little move to improve its playoff chances. But after a spending spree at the break of spring training, those same fans are as excited for Opening Day as they have been in years.
As Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette sat in his office at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on a sunny afternoon earlier this month, overlooking a well-manicured cloverleaf of fields, a bitter winter seemed like an eternity ago in more ways than one.
The Orioles continued their spring training spending spree on Tuesday, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, according to an industry source. The deal, which is pending a physical, is worth $8 million with $750,000 in incentives.
Suk-min Yoon spent his childhood in South Korea idolizing fellow countryman Chan Ho Park as he become the first South Korean-born player to pitch the major leagues, all while hoping that one day he could follow in Park's footsteps. The 27-year-old right-hander's dream got closer to reality Tuesday
There was a sense throughout the industry that the Orioles' decision to back away from closer Grant Balfour after his failed physical in December could adversely affect the club going forward. That reality apparently played a part in not landing veteran starter Bronson Arroyo.
Tommy Hunter was at first a secondary option for the ninth inning. The Orioles would prefer to keep him in last year's eighth inning role, but with less than a month until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, it's almost inevitable that Hunter will be the leading candidate to assume the closer job.