The Orioles have signed pitchers late in spring training before, as they did with Ubaldo Jiménez and Yovani Gallardo. But there's little precedent for getting a pitcher ready who signs as late as they're about to bring in Alex Cobb.
Manager Buck Showalter isn't saying which of his starting pitchers will start on Opening Day, but if you listen to his comments about the O's projected rotation on Saturday and read between the lines, it should be pretty obvious that it will be Dylan Bundy.
In July, Baltimore-based Under Armour was negotiating a long-term extension with Aaron Judge. Now, Judge has been wearing Adidas cleats and Adidas batting gloves during spring training with the Yankees.
The Orioles arrive at the holidays in a familiar place - needing to adding starting pitching and fill most of their offseason needs - but the Manny Machado trade saga and Zach Britton's injury make it so they got to this point in tumultuous fashion.
After missing most of the 2017 season with various injuries, Orioles closer Zach Britton will be out at least the next six months with a ruptured Achilles suffered while working out Tuesday in California, according to multiple industry sources.
Another important offseason deadline will approach at the end of this week as teams must tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players by Friday at 8 p.m., otherwise making them free agents. Last year, the Orioles signed catcher Welington Castillo after he was nontendered.