Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo are working to rebound from frustrating performances last season, and it’s impossible to understate what it would mean for the Orioles if both of them had big bounce-back seasons in 2018.
The Orioles have used deferred money in their long-term free agent contracts for five offseasons. It was used to entice Alex Cobb this year, and the money saved on present commitments with deferred money was used toward his 2018 salary.
Back in Orioles camp for a third straight year, slugger Pedro Álvarez hopes a longer spring than he's had with the team in the past will help him make the roster after spending most of 2017 in the minors.
Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander has used an extended run in the Grapefruit League to show the Orioles that they might have more on their hands than a Rule 5 requirement once the regular season begins.
New Oriole Danny Valencia on being a menace to left-handed pitchers; right fielder DH Mark Trumbo is still working through some quadriceps soreness; the Orioles will have celebrity bat boys on Sunday night.
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.
Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman struck out five in three perfect innings against a first-choice Philadelphia Phillies lineup Saturday, and came away encouraged as much by his delivery as the results.