On the same day that the Orioles expected Dexter Fowler ¿ a 29-year-old who was projected to become the team's starting right fielder and leadoff hitter ¿ to arrive in Sarasota, he was instead in Arizona finalizing a contract with the Cubs.
It was widely reported that Fowler had agreed to terms on a three-year, $33 million deal with the Orioles pending a club physical ¿ news that was confirmed to The Baltimore Sun by a high-level industry source. But on Thursday, Fowler signed a one-year deal to remain with the Chicago Cubs.
With the player they called their priority, slugging first baseman Chris Davis, now officially locked up, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the team is still in the market to bolster a pitching staff that many blame for the step backwards in 2015.
The Royals might give some teams cover for staying on budget, but the Orioles don't need to take a lesson from anybody about that. If they want to take something from the Royals, how about a few of their key players?
Tuesday's night's Game One was not a bad way to start the World Series, even if it did end on Wednesday morning. Here's what they're saying about the Kansas City Royals' 5-4, 14-inning win in a game that seemed to have a little bit of everything.
The Royals were coming off their first World Series appearance in decades and clearly were more focused on taking another step forward rather than just trying to get back to the playoffs with the same team.
If Wednesday¿s ALDS Game 5 outcomes were any indicator, this year¿s American League Championship Series should be an entertaining one, but watching the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays play for a ticket to the World Series has to make more Orioles fans gag.
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
Last season, the Orioles rotation posted a remarkable 2.98 ERA after the All-Star break, emerging as the biggest strength down the stretch as the club won its first division title in 17 years. But as the Orioles failed to meet high expectations this season, the dramatic decline of the team's starting pitchers might be the biggest disappointment in 2015.
An Orioles team muddling below .500 with just 20 games left in the regular season -- still six games back of the second American League wild-card spot -- took two of three from a Royals team with the best record in the AL this weekend at Camden Yards.
Despite Saturday¿s 14-6 loss to the Royals, the Orioles still have the opportunity today to record consecutive series wins for the first time since late July with a win tonight against Kansas City in front of a national TV audience on ESPN¿s Sunday Night Baseball.
The Orioles usually only have advanced meetings before the first game of a series, where they go over scouting reports for their upcoming opponents. But before facing Kansas City Royals' starter Johnny Cueto on Wednesday night, the club held an advanced meeting dedicated to solving the quirky right-hander.
The Orioles bashed five homers Wednesday ¿ three off Kansas City¿s prized trade-deadline acquisition, Johnny Cueto ¿ in an 8-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals that snapped their season-worst six-game losing streak in front of an announced crowd 33,003 at Kauffman Stadium.