Two nights, two walk-off homers for the Orioles. It¿s mid-August and this enigmatic club isn¿t dead yet. One night after Manny Machado hit a two-run homer to give the Orioles a win in 13 innings Friday, Chris Davis provided the heroics on Saturday, a solo homer to right in the bottom of the ninth to give the Orioles a 4-3 victory.
With their top free-agent choice for an outfield spot, Colby Rasmus, now off the board after agreeing to a one-year, $8 million deal with the Houston Astros, the Orioles will continue to explore other available options.
Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth will undergo surgery on the acromioclavicular joint in his right shoulder on Friday and will require two to three months of rehabilitation, which could put the veteran's availability for Opening Day in jeopardy.
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, whom the Orioles signed to a four-year, $50 million contract in February, couldn't get out of the sixth inning against a free-swinging Toronto Blue Jays lineup in an 11-3 rout Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards in front of an announced 39,281.
As Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette sat in his office at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on a sunny afternoon earlier this month, overlooking a well-manicured cloverleaf of fields, a bitter winter seemed like an eternity ago in more ways than one.
Back in October, we asked how many of the Orioles' nine free agents were likely to return in 2014. With less than five weeks until spring training, it could end up that none of them return to Baltimore.
Grant Balfour's two-year, $15 million deal with the Orioles is now in major jeopardy, after team doctors expressed concern with Balfour's right shoulder during his physical, according to industry sources.
Nick Markakis likes to stay in shape, something that was a challenge last winter while he recovered from the broken thumb that cut short his 2012 season and cost him his first opportunity to play in the postseason.
Nate McLouth, who spent two months of the 2012 season and all of last year with the Orioles, signed a two-year deal last week with the Washington Nationals worth a guaranteed $10.75 million with an option for a third year.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to know he was going to be asked during his formal winter meetings media session about the team's relative inactivity while other American League East clubs make moves to improve.
We will know soon enough whether Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette strikes gold with the signing of former Giants top prospect Francisco Peguero, but Duquette is definitely making it clear how highly he thinks of the 25-year-old.