Even though it is true that the Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers have discussed a trade involving outfielder Matt Kemp, it is believed that those talks were preliminary and have not materialized into anything significant, according to a source.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette appeared on MLB Network's "High Heat" with Christopher Russo on Wednesday afternoon from the general managers' meetings in Phoenix and addressed the club's hopes to retain free agents Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz.
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.
When Baseball America's list of the Orioles top 10 prospects was released Monday, there was some backlash from fans about how right-hander Dylan Bundy could still be the organization's top prospect. Bundy sits atop the list for a fourth straight year following a season in which he pitched in just nine games after returning from Tommy John surgery.
With the Orioles' playoff future hanging in the balance, the club could have used just a little more out of the Taiwanese left-hander. And Wei-Yin Chen couldn't deliver in the sixth inning, handing a precarious situation over to rookie Kevin Gausman.
Even if the Orioles end up losing to the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series this week, there's a sense that the experience itself will help the club going forward -- especially for the younger players who didn't participate in the 2012 postseason.
The Kansas City Royals, much like the Orioles, have long pumped the potential in their minor league system as the major league team struggled. And a lot of those prospects were biding their time in Wilmington, Del., home of the High-A Blue Rocks.
The power of the Kansas City Royals' bullpen against the versatility of the Orioles' should make for an American League Championship Series that could be decided early in each game since the relievers don't often break.
The Orioles just toppled two Cy Young Award winners to move to the threshold of the American League Championship Series and the Wild-Card Kansas City Royals have turned baseball convention on its head to win three straight extra-inning games, the last two to push the winningest team in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels, to the brink of elimination.
Because he has spent most of his six-season career with the Houston Astros, Orioles right-hander Bud Norris has never had the opportunity to pitch in the postseason. That changes Sunday, when Norris will start Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers.
The Orioles once again beat the Detroit Tigers bullpen in the eighth inning Friday afternoon at Camden Yards, when Delmon Young delivered a bases-loaded double to cap a four-run eighth and give the club a 7-6 victory.
In considering his American League Division Series roster, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this weekend in Toronto that his biggest decision was whether he would carry 10 or 11 pitchers in the best-of-five series against the Detroit Tigers.
When Chris Tillman takes the mound Thursday as the Orioles' starting pitcher in Game 1 of the best-of-five American League Division Series matchup against the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards, he will be making his postseason debut.
Considering how well his starting rotation mates had been pitching going into the postseason, Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman expected to be sent to the bullpen for the American League Division Series.
Much has been made about what the Orioles' roster for the American League Division Series will look like. It'll likely be known later today, though manager Buck Showalter doesn't have to submit it until Thursday morning.
In the first year under pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti, the Orioles posted a 3.43 ERA this season. That was the third-best mark in the American League in 2014 and the club's best since a 3.28 ERA on the way to the World Series in 1979.
Over the past three seasons, one of the foundations of the Orioles success has been their defense. But in recent days, it's becoming evident that the team¿s defense isn't up to the standard that manager Buck Showalter has set.
Roughly two weeks ago, first baseman Christian Walker was at Camden Yards picking up his Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award. On Wednesday, he was in the Orioles' starting lineup, batting seventh and playing first base in his major league debut.
Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman has been suspended six games and handed an undisclosed fine by Major League Baseball for throwing at Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph¿s head in the sixth inning of Monday¿s game.
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez hasn't made a start in nearly a month -- and he has made just two relief appearances since then -- but he said he's ready for Tuesday's spot start against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Orioles¿ final homestand of the regular season was supposed to be one of celebration. All signs pointed to the club¿s clinching its first American League East title since 1997 at Camden Yards, and Friday¿s split doubleheader against the New York Yankees gave the Orioles a chance to take two more sizable steps toward the postseason.
The team announced Friday morning that Davis, who was batting .196 with 26 home runs and 72 RBIs, had failed a second drug test for banned amphetamines. Davis accepted the suspension and said in a statement issued by the players union that he took Adderall.