Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't seem to take the allegations of tampering stemming from Aaron Judge telling Manny Machado he'd look good in pinstripes too seriously, joking that he was glad Machado got away with recruiting Judge.
In July, Baltimore-based Under Armour was negotiating a long-term extension with Aaron Judge. Now, Judge has been wearing Adidas cleats and Adidas batting gloves during spring training with the Yankees.
Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo enjoyed his career year at a time when analytical terminology such as launch angle and exit velocity could easily explain his success. If he gets back to that level in 2018, it will be because he's less "cluttered" with those thoughts at the plate.
With the Rays and Diamondbacks announcing Wednesday they were extending the netting at their stadiums, Major League Baseball said Thursday morning that all teams will have the protection in place by Opening Day.
Former Orioles ace Mike Mussina saw his vote total climb again in the balloting for the Baseball Hall of Fame, but missed out on induction, while Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman earned induction as the class of 2018.
The Orioles arrive at the holidays in a familiar place - needing to adding starting pitching and fill most of their offseason needs - but the Manny Machado trade saga and Zach Britton's injury make it so they got to this point in tumultuous fashion.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Thursday on the team's offseason radio show that they'll remake the rotation to contend, not rebuild, in 2018, and addressed the futures of Manny Machado, Zach Britton, and Jonathan Schoop with the ballclub.
As baseball is swept up in the Shohei Otani sweepstakes, there are less expensive players in Japan and South Korea who could be fits for the Orioles, including Miles Mikolas, Ah-seop Son and Yang Hyeon-jong.
Depending on whether the Orioles decide to crack open their coffers for big-name starting pitchers in free agency, shop in the middle of the market, or wait it out until January, there are plenty of ways they can rebuild their rotation this offseason.