The Orioles' decision to play hardball and renew the contract of Manny Machado at $519,000 after such a tremendous first full season is not without precedent. In fact, it¿s not even a particularly new concept.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has agreed to a $519,000 contract renewal for 2014 -- slightly above this year¿s league minimum of $500,000 -- but the 21-year-old is somewhat disappointed with the figure.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado began running through first base and landing on the bag last week. Base running is one of the final drills Machado has to perform before he can be fully cleared and return to games.
The Orioles roughed up right-hander A.J. Burnett ¿ one of the team¿s top offseason free-agent targets ¿ for six runs on seven hits over three innings on their way to a 14-3 Grapefruit League win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Steve Clevenger, a Mount St. Joseph's graduate, grew up an Orioles fan, living just a stone's throw from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, in Pigtown. The trade that brought him to his hometown organization last summer gave him an opportunity few players have.
Even though Friday's first official workout of Spring Training included the usual minutiae of pitchers fielding practice drills, it was important for Orioles manager Buck Showalter to instill his and the organization's way of playing the game.
Orioles fans flocked to the Baltimore Convention Center on Saturday morning, a trail of orange and black surrounding the entire building almost an hour before the doors opened for the club's annual FanFest.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Saturday at FanFest that the club offered first baseman Chris Davis a long-term contract extension this winter, but that "it really hasn't progressed."
Catcher Matt Wieters, represented by agent Scott Boras, has filed for a 2014 salary worth $8.75 million, while the Orioles filed at $6.5 million. The club settled with the rest of their arbitration-eligible players on Friday.