Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that catcher Matt Wieters, whose recovery from Tommy John surgery will be a focus of spring training, will play in the team¿s first spring games as a designated hitter.
The flaw in all the happy rationalization from Orioles fans about the quiet offseason is that the club needs just about everything possible to fall into place to stay ahead of an American League East division in which the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays made major roster upgrades this winter.
The departure of right fielder Nick Markakis, who after nine seasons with the Orioles signed a four-year, $44 million contract this winter with the Atlanta Braves, had a significant impact on the players he left behind in Baltimore.
Amid an offseason of player departures from the Orioles, Matt Wieters and Manny Machado said they were healthy and ready to return to the field in spring training after injuries cut their seasons short in 2014.
This has been anything but a typical offseason, so Orioles fans got something extra when they showed up to collect autographs and rub elbows with many of their favorite players past and present at FanFest on Saturday: some long-awaited clarity.
At his minicamp, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had a chance to connect names and faces, to see if the videos he has seen of pitchers throwing match up to what it looks like up close. He received an early glimpse of players who he will soon have to evaluate, like Rule 5 draft picks Jason Garcia and Logan Verrett.
Baltimore Sun reporter Dan Connolly shares some thoughts on free-agent outfielder Colby Rasmus' potential fit in the Orioles clubhouse, the deaths of Stu Miller and Hank Peters, and the Hall of Fame voting.
According to sources, dialogue continues between the Orioles and the San Diego Padres. The Padres need to move some outfielders, and left-handed hitters Seth Smith and Will Venable are drawing the most interest from the Orioles.
The Orioles have claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Chicago Cubs, the club announced Tuesday. To make room for Lavarnway on the 40-man roster, the Orioles released outfielder Quintin Berry.
As this year's winter meetings came to a close Thursday, the Orioles left the Manchester Grand Hyatt with only a couple Rule 5 draft picks as new additions. But Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette's message to fans Thursday was clear: We'll be OK.
With the sudden loss of three major pieces from a team that won the Orioles' first division title in 17 years and advanced to the American League Championship Series, manager Buck Showalter realizes he has work to do to duplicate this past season's success.
Uncertainty still exists about Dan Duquette's future in Baltimore as he remains the subject of reports that he is a top candidate to take a higher level position with the division rival Toronto Blue Jays.
If the point of the Orioles' recent renaissance is to get to the World Series, the emphasis this particular winter has to be on getting better rather than treading water and hoping to roll the dice again next October.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was selected Tuesday night as the Baseball Writers' Association of America's American League Manager of the Year for the third time in his 16-year career, winning the honor in a landslide.
Even though Buck Showalter isn't comfortable with taking credit for his role in the Orioles' success, he is the favorite to win the third Baseball Writers' Association of America AL Manager of the Year award in his 16-year managerial career.