Despite a report Wednesday that said the Orioles are interested in the Boston Red Sox's Yoenis Cespedes, the club has had no internal discussions regarding the outfielder, according to an industry source.
The Orioles didn't fall short of the World Series by much this year, and the obvious case can be made that the return of some key players will make them a stronger team in 2015. But this is no time to take the pedal off the metal.
Behind the scenes, the Orioles front office relies on a range of contributors, from old-school scouts who gauge talent by watching players compete to younger executives adept at the statistics-driven approach captured in "Moneyball," the best-selling book and motion picture.
Major league teams obsess throughout the month of July about the deadline for making trades without passing players through waivers, then some of them sacrifice their best young talent for the prospect of some instant postseason gratification.
If reports are true that the Oakland Athletics have made their second blockbuster deal of the summer and sent Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes, then there¿s really only one way to look at the situation: A¿s president Billy Beane has decided that it¿s now or never.
The Orioles weren't close to acquiring Boston Red Sox right-hander Jon Lester on Wednesday, but Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette continues to work the phones as the nonwaiver trade deadline approaches Thursday at 4 p.m.
When Ubaldo Jimenez walked off the mound in the fourth inning in the nightcap of the Orioles' split doubleheader Saturday night, a split of their twin bill against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park seemed unlikely.
Jimenez allowed a pair of homers, including a game-winning two-run shot to first baseman Mike Napoli in the fifth inning that sent the Orioles to a 6-2 loss to the Red Sox in front of an announced 25,708 at Camden Yards.
In between the Opening Day cheers for their favorite Orioles -- as they gave rousing ovations to Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Manny Machado -- the announced sellout crowd of 46,685 at Camden Yards welcomed left fielder Nelson Cruz to Baltimore with "Cruuzzz" cheer as he ran down the orange carpet during pregame introductions on Monday afternoon.
It was two hours before Chris Tillman's first pitch, the sun was pouring healing rays onto Eutaw Street, and as thousands of orange-and-black clad crazies flooded past him toward the turnstiles, a man in a Brooks Robinson jersey leaned against the No. 5 Hall of Fame sculpture in front of Camden Yards.
Manny Machado's injury has created a chain reaction in the Orioles' infield, pushing Ryan Flaherty from second base to third and creating an opening for the club's top offensive prospect, Jonathan Schoop, to start at second.
When the Oakland Athletics lost in Seattle early Saturday evening, the night's contest between the Orioles and the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards technically became meaningless shortly after the first pitch.
If right-hander Chris Tillman is indeed the Orioles¿ ace, if he is indeed a bona fide top starter who can walk into any situation against any club and succeed, than he had the perfect opportunity to prove it Thursday night at Fenway Park.