With the signing of veteran right-handed reliever Dale Thayer to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training, the Orioles will have 30 pitchers in camp when pitchers and catchers report to spring training next week in Sarasota, Fla.
The Orioles on Thursday acquired right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from the San Diego Padres for minor league pitcher Jean Cosme, adding an optionable piece who has started and relieved over the past two season to their pitching staff ahead of spring training.
Jake Arrieta has a legitimate chance to win the NL Cy Young Award tonight, there's a couple of Buck Showlater connection in the manager of the year awards, David Ortiz is retiring and Manny Machado missed on the Platinum Gold Glove.
Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman said the stat line from his last start didn't tell the entire story of how he pitched in Friday's 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Gausman, 24, was charged with six runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings, allowing the second-most runs in his seven big league starts this season.
As Friday¿s 4 p.m. nonwaiver trade deadline looms, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is still attempting to improve the club¿s 25-man roster by adding an outfielder with on-base skills and potentially another pitcher. According to sources in and outside the organization, every indication is that Duquette will make at least one deal by Friday afternoon ¿ though it is not expected to be a blockbuster.
Shortstop Everth Cabrera is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Friday after missing the last two weeks with a left foot contusion, and is likely to return this weekend in Miami, Showalter said.
The last time Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was here in Sarasota, he was serving his 25-game suspension for illegal Adderall use, the biggest fish in a small pond getting his swings in during instructional league games.
According to sources, dialogue continues between the Orioles and the San Diego Padres. The Padres need to move some outfielders, and left-handed hitters Seth Smith and Will Venable are drawing the most interest from the Orioles.
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