Orioles right-hander Luis Ortiz didn't make a good first impression when he was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in the Jonathan Schoop deal. He was overweight and out of shape, but arrived at training camp this spring with a new body and a new lease on his baseball life.
While the focus has been on trading the Orioles' pending free agents before this month's nonwaiver trade deadline, the focus is likely to shift to its top long-term assets, Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy.
SARASOTA, Fla. ¿ Even though the Orioles handed out a historic four-year, $48-million deal to right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, the club believes it has gotten a deal given the money being handed out on the free-agent market.
With Major League Baseball's trade deadline Wednesday at 4 p.m., Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo does not see the next two days as an opportunity to blow up a struggling team or a chance to spark a late-season push.
With the Orioles entering July in second place in the American League East and tied with the Oakland A's for the top Wild Card spot, it's natural to look ahead to the end of the month and baseball's non-waiver trade deadline.
The Orioles main priority heading into July 31¿s non-waiver trade deadline is adding a starting pitcher, and the club has been actively scouting potentially available arms, according to several sources.
The Orioles' first-half statistics aren't pretty, but they hold one statistical trump card. The only one that really, truly matters right now: .529. That's the fifth best winning percentage in the American League.
Luke Scott, the outspoken, energetic slugger who spent four seasons in Baltimore and was named the 2010 Most Valuable Oriole, has agreed to a one-year deal with the division-rival Tampa Bay Rays that includes a 2013 option.