Jair Jurrjens, who was a National League All-Star just two summers ago, is Duquette¿s latest undervalued asset. And now with just more than two weeks before spring training, we take a look at other low-risk, high-reward additions and ask which one could be Duquette¿s ¿Get of the Year.¿
Now that Baltimore Orioles OF Nate McLouth is back in the fold, one major question is whether he would return to the leadoff spot where he flourished for the last month of the season after Nick Markakis went down with a broken left thumb.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder L.J. Hoes earned a taste of the big leagues this past season, but the organization¿s minor league player of the year faces a tough fight this spring to make the 25-man roster out of camp.
Eighty students from Morrell Park Elementary-Middle attended the event, selected to attend based on a combination of perfect attendance, citizenship awards and making the honor roll. The Orioles held the party, which is aimed at rewarding children from disadvantaged areas of Baltimore, for the 34th year.
Trayvon Robinson, the 25-year-old outfielder the Orioles received in Tuesday¿s trade with the Seattle Mariners for infielder Robert Andino, is an intriguing player, though the reality is he may never become a big league regular. The Orioles view him as someone who can battle for the fourth spot in the outfield.
The Orioles acquisition of second baseman Alexi Casilla is his first such move of the offseason. The Orioles claimed Casilla off waivers from the Twins, who paid Casilla $1.38 million last season in his second arbitration-eligibile year.
The Orioles head into free agency — which starts in earnest Saturday with free agents permitted to negotiate with all 30 teams for the first time this offseason — in a much different situation than this time last year. Executive vice president Dan Duquette is not only in place as club's decision-maker, but he seems to be established as a man with a plan.
The Orioles were just two outs away from taking a commanding 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. But a pair of solo homers by Raul Ibanez quickly reversed the roles and put the Orioles on the brink of elimination.
These surprising Baltimore Orioles have shown resilience all season. And they did it again Monday, rebounding from a ninth inning implosion the night before to slip past the New York Yankees, 3-2, to even up the American League Division Series at 1-1.
Russell Martin's solo homer off Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson in the ninth inning kickstarted a five-run rally for the New York Yankees, who took Game 1 of the American League Division Series, 7-2. Game 2 is tonight at Camden Yards.
Cal Ripken Jr. was in the TBS broadcast booth for Friday night's wild-card game, alongside former Braves pitcher John Smoltz and play-by-play man Ernie Johnson. Ripken had previously been a postseason studio analyst, but he only recently started working from the booth.
Although Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette have received most of the credit for the Orioles' surprising 2012 season, several of Andy MacPhail's moves built the foundation for this current club.
A year ago Friday, Robert Andino etched his name into Orioles lore with a ninth-inning sinking liner to left that escaped the glove of Boston¿s Carl Crawford, plated Nolan Reimold with the game-winner, extinguished the Red Sox¿s playoff hopes and helped send that franchise into an unforeseen spiral.
The Orioles' regular season is whittled down to 8 games following Monday¿s single-admission doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards. And the O's chances of catching the division-leading New York Yankees are steadily dwindling.
Orioles second baseman Robert Andino, who was hit in the left earflap of his batting helmet in the ninth inning of Friday night's game, didn't play Saturday because he was still waiting to pass a concussion test.
Buck Showalter had all sorts of reasons for plugging veteran lefty Randy Wolf into Saturday¿s start against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. There¿s the experience factor, of course, and the nuanced rotation considerations, either of which would normally be enough to justify that kind of decision.
The Orioles were an out away from making a clean getaway on Friday night when Red Sox pitcher Mark Melancon drilled O¿s second baseman Robert Andino in the side of the head with a pitch. Andino left the game and underwent concussion testing. He also was scheduled to undergo a CT scan after the game.
Miguel Gonzalez outpitched Orioles killer Jon Lester, allowing just two runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings, as the O¿s won their fifth straight, 4-2, in front of an announced sellout crowd of 37,731 at Fenway Park.
Orioles set-up man Pedro Strop, who was supremely effective for most of this season, has struggled with his command for a few weeks, leading to speculation that he's getting worn down by the grind and spotlight of a major league season.
The Baltimore Orioles sent eight batters to the plate in the first and nine more in the second, staking starter Chris Tillman to a 7-0 lead by the time he stepped onto the mound in the bottom of the second.