There has been speculation for weeks that the Orioles might try to move closer Jim Johnson to avoid paying him $10 million or so in salary arbitration, but the deal that sent him to the Oakland A's on Monday night raises as many questions as it answers and has to leave O's fans wondering just what is going on in the Warehouse.
While reports out of the final day of Major League Baseball¿s general managers¿ meetings Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., said that the Orioles could explore trades involving cornerstone players J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters, the club is not actively shopping either player, according to a club source.
There have been reports and counter-reports about the availability of Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and catcher Matt Wieters this winter, and it¿s impossible to shoot them down because, frankly, anybody is available at the right price.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, speaking to reporters Wednesday afternoon, was mum about his thoughts on what the Orioles need to do this offseason to improve, but he said he¿s been sharing his opinion with Orioles manager Buck Showalter since the season ended.
Norris said the demeanor of the staff, the efficiency of the clinic and the price of the service and antibiotics, it cost him $5 for a diagnosis and 10 days of medication, are what led him to set a fundraising goal of $10,000 for the clinic.
But I¿ve been saying for a while that Manny Machado will win a Gold Glove this season. Those who have watched him this year ¿ and his ability to make both routine and difficult plays seem easy ¿ would agree.
When the Oakland Athletics lost in Seattle early Saturday evening, the night's contest between the Orioles and the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards technically became meaningless shortly after the first pitch.
Agent Scott Boras, who represents several Orioles including Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, Wei-Yin Chen, Francisco Rodriguez and Zach Britton, was in Baltimore this week to meet with some of his clients. Duquette said he had some preliminary discussions with Boras, but would not go into specifics.
Now that their chances at the postseason are finished, the Orioles sure have mixed up their lineup today, with Adam Jones not starting for the first time since 2011. He has played in 322 consecutive games dating back to his last miss on Sept. 25, 2011
The Orioles lost their fifth consecutive game on Monday, a 5-4 defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays that ended when pinch-hitter James Loney hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning against right-hander Tommy Hunter.