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.
Miguel Gonzalez escaped a fourth-inning jam -- and several hard comebackers again -- to turn in a strong performance in the Orioles' 4-3 loss in 10 innings to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon.
Evan Meek's journey from Rule 5 pick, to All-Star reliever, to nonroster spring training invitee has taken its share of wild twists and turns, but the Orioles hope that they've snagged the 30-year-old at just the right time.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette will not rule out another free agent acquisition to upgrade the team's offensive lineup, though top remaining hitter Kendrys Morales would require the club to give up its third pick in the June draft.
SARASOTA, Fla. ¿ The Orioles could make an official announcement on the signing of South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon later today, but a press conference to introduce the right-hander likely wouldn¿t come until after the weekend.
The Orioles won't hold their first workout for pitchers and catchers until Friday here at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, but the atmosphere during Thursday's workout on report day was one that resembled a full-squad day.
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.
Today is the first official workout day for Orioles minicamp here in Sarasota, and it's currently raining. So, instead of working outside, camp participants will retreat to the indoor batting cages and into meetings for now.
The possibility of the Orioles opening spring training with Tommy Hunter as the team's closer is becoming more real by the day. Once the team dealt 50-save closer Jim Johnson to Oakland, the club saw Hunter as a fallback option. But now he's turning into much more of a possibility.
If you view the attempt to complete a deal with veteran closer Grant Balfour totally in its own context, there¿s no way to fault the Orioles for balking at the results of his physical and -- apparently -- pulling back the two-year contract that was agreed upon by both sides pending the medical examination.
The lobby at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort quickly emptied out as Major League Baseball's winter meetings ended Thursday. While the Orioles only added a pair of Rule 5 draft picks this week, the club continued efforts to land a free-agent closer.
A CBSSports.com report surfaced Wednesday evening that the club made offers to closer Grant Balfour and Nelson Cruz. An industry source said while the Orioles' discussions with Balfour were progressing on Wednesday night, their reported pursuit of Cruz was exaggerated.
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.