Up until Saturday, free agents were only able to negotiate with their 2015 clubs, but this morning the market is officially opened up to all teams. Free agents are now free to negotiate and sign with any team.
While Adam Jones told reporters before today¿s game that there was nothing specific keeping him out of the lineup, manager Buck Showalter said that Jones was not available to start today because of back spasms.
On the one-year anniversary of one of the most memorable nights in Camden Yards history -- the club¿s raucous clinching of their first division title in 17 years -- the 2015 Orioles delivered a clunker Wednesday that served as a resounding but unnecessary reminder that this team isn¿t what it was one short year ago.
The Orioles added four players to their expanded roster before Tuesday¿s game, recalling right-hander Tyler Wilson, first baseman Christian Walker, outfielder Junior Lake and right-handed reliever Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk.
Outfielder Nolan Reimold is on his way to Toronto to join the Orioles. He won¿t be activated for today¿s game, but he was slated to start on Sunday against Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle. Reimold is hitting .400 (6-for-15) with two doubles, one homer and three RBIs in his career against Buehrle.
The Orioles will open their three-game series in Toronto tonight coming off a much-needed 11-inning win Wednesday night at Camden Yards, snapping their six-game losing streak and avoiding being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays at home.
During the dog days of late August, no baseball player considers himself 100 percent physically, but shortstop J.J. Hardy said he's trying to grind through multiple physical issues to remain on the field while attempting to break out of a funk at the plate.
The Orioles announced a couple of expected moves Saturday afternoon, officially releasing outfielder Travis Snider from his contract while recalling outfielder/designated hitter Henry Urrutia from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning outfielder Junior Lake to Norfolk.
Matt Wieters was able to rest during Thursday's day off and said it feels looser. He will go through treatment Friday and will see how it feels Saturday. He won¿t take batting practice Friday, but said he doesn¿t expect the injury to require a stint on the disabled list.
Before last Friday's deadline, the O's traded pitching prospect Zach Davies to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Gerardo Parra and sent reliever Tommy Hunter to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Junior Lake.
Tommy Hunter throws in the high 90s and has been a big part of the Orioles bullpen for the past three years. Junior Lake is a 4A outfielder who has not distinguished himself in parts of three major league seasons.