Veteran second baseman Brian Roberts, who has played his entire 13-year career with the Orioles and has been the face of the franchise through many of those seasons, has agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million plus incentives with the rival New York Yankees, according to a FOXSports.com report this morning.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to know he was going to be asked during his formal winter meetings media session about the team's relative inactivity while other American League East clubs make moves to improve.
While reports out of the final day of Major League Baseball¿s general managers¿ meetings Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., said that the Orioles could explore trades involving cornerstone players J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters, the club is not actively shopping either player, according to a club source.
The free-agency season is officially underway, and the Orioles made their first pair of roster moves since on Thursday, outrighting infielder Dan Johnson and outfielder Chris Dickerson to Triple-A Norfolk.
These Orioles didn¿t match the achievements of last season, but the team ended the 2013 season with 85 wins following a 7-6 comeback win over the American League East-winning Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon in front of the seventh sellout crowd of the season.
Jonathan Schoop was hanging out at his locker Wednesday afternoon when Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who had been talking with shortstop J.J. Hardy nearby, pointed to Schoop and said, "You and J.J. today."
Now that their chances at the postseason are finished, the Orioles sure have mixed up their lineup today, with Adam Jones not starting for the first time since 2011. He has played in 322 consecutive games dating back to his last miss on Sept. 25, 2011
The MRI performed on Orioles third baseman Manny Machado's left knee has this afternoon has been read by a radiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, but the club won't announce the findings until team ordopedist Dr. John Wilckens also reads the results.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter's dust up with Yankees skipper Joe Girardi during Baltimore's 4-2 win Monday night is being reviewed by the commissioner's office, according to an industry source, but there was no determination of any possible penalties as of late Tuesday afternoon.
Often in the past 15 years, the Orioles have used September as a proving ground for the following season, experimenting with what they had in order to get a better idea of what they needed to fortify in the winter. That won't be the case with the team in the playoff chase in 2013.