Hijacked in years past by rehabbing major league stars, free-agent rumors and veterans on tryouts, this year's edition of the Orioles' January minicamp seems to be more focused on its core purpose: getting a look at the stock of young, up-and-coming arms in the organization.
It was bound to happen eventually. Baseball's free-agent market erupted this past week with a string of giant contracts that are certain to impact the big-name players who remain unsigned — most notably top slugger Chris Davis.
As of 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning, free agents could begin signing with clubs besides the ones they played for in 2015. That means the Orioles' six free agents — Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Davis, Gerardo Parra, Steve Pearce, Darren O'Day and Matt Wieters — can all begin testing their free-agent value elsewhere. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has said the club will have the resources to add players via free agency.
Dusty Baker was officially introduced as the new manager of the Washington Nationals on Thursday morning. He said this will be his final managerial job and he's looking to check off the final box on his bucket list -- a world title as manager.
In Dusty Baker, the Nationals get someone who already has worked 20 seasons as a manager in the majors and whose 1,671-1,504 career record ¿ a .526 winning percentage ¿ includes the second-most victories of any active manager.
The World Series title for Turgeon's favorite Major League Baseball team came a few hours before his favorite college basketball team was picked third nationally in a preseason poll for the second time in less than a month.
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.
After two returned last week, more AL East teams are back in the power rankings this week. Has the Orioles¿ hot stretch been enough to make them one of the lucky 10? As always, these rankings are completely subjective, and yet objectively correct.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been climbing the milestone ladder pretty consistently this year. Following Thursday's loss in Philadelphia, Showalter is still just two wins away from tying Hall of Famer Cap Anson for 32nd all time with 1,295. With the firing of San Diego's Bud Black on Monday, Showalter is now fifth among active managers for longest tenure with their current club.
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.
Stu Miller, the fearless, soft-tossing pitcher who joined the Orioles in the twilight of his career and became an integral part of the team's stellar bullpens of the mid-1960s, died Sunday at his home in Cameron Park, Calif., following a brief illness. He was 87.
The Orioles haven't given up on re-signing right fielder Nick Markakis, or as executive vice president Dan Duquette puts it: "We're still working on it. It's in process for the Orioles." But there's no question now that the competition is on.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was selected Tuesday night as the Baseball Writers' Association of America's American League Manager of the Year for the third time in his 16-year career, winning the honor in a landslide.
When Tommy Hunter received a call about two weeks ago inviting him to play on a team of major leaguers in the All-Star Series exhibition this month in Japan, the Orioles relief pitcher said the choice was easy.
Hall of Famer Leon Day's passion for baseball lives on in his widow. Geraldine Day attended "about a dozen" Orioles games this past season and watched the rest on television, even those on the West Coast.
The Orioles' TV play-by-play man, in San Francisco to call the World Series for MLB's international TV broadcasts, said he gets chilling memories of that day every time he walks around the city's downtown area.
Most players has already cleared out of the Orioles clubhouse by Friday afternoon when reporters were allowed inside. The team arrived home from Kansas City ¿ swept by the Royals on four games in the American League Championship Series -- on Thursday evening so most players packed up their lockers then.
As the Orioles play in the American League Championship Series, players say they're far more focused more on winning than any extra money they'll make for advancing in the postseason. But the share of postseason revenue that players split can be significant.