Last season was an experiment for Eddie Gamboa, born when he tried a knuckleball in front of Hall of Famer Phil Niekro at Orioles minor league camp. After toiling in the minors and never reaching above the Double-A level, Gamboa felt that developing a knuckler could be a difference maker.
The Orioles continued their spring training spending spree on Tuesday, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, according to an industry source. The deal, which is pending a physical, is worth $8 million with $750,000 in incentives.
The Orioles have a lot of players on their spring roster who might compete for at-bats in the designated hitter role, but manager Buck Showalter would not rule out a late-spring acquisition to bolster the position.
Second baseman Jemile Weeks, who came to the Orioles from Oakland in December's Jim Johnson trade, and catcher Johnny Monell, acquired in a deal with the San Francisco Giants, will likely both have to show their flexibility.
The Orioles are expected to announce the signing of outfielder Tyler Colvin to a major league deal today, as we first reported last night, pending a physical. He will be the 12th outfielder who will be invited to spring training.
SARASOTA, Fla. -- New Orioles designated hitter/outfielder Delmon Young arrived at minicamp in Sarasota on Wednesday morning, participating in the club¿s position player workout by taking batting practice and shagging fly balls in left field.
While the Orioles signings of Delmon Young and Alexi Casilla over the past few days aren't groundbreaking -- I know a lot of fans just see it as more frustrating examples of bargain-bin shopping -- and by no means are they going to push the team over the top, they definitely fill some needs.
The Orioles added a left-handed outfield bat they had been pursuing this offseason on Wednesday, acquiring 27-year-old David Lough from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for infielder/designated hitter Danny Valencia.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter faces the task of reshuffling a roster that took a severe hit this week in a five-day span in which the club traded All-Star closer Jim Johnson and former Orioles Nate McLouth and Scott Feldman, two of the team's top priorities to resign, signed elsewhere.
The Orioles agreed to terms with outfielder Steve Pearce, agreeing to a one-year, $850,000 contract, avoiding arbitration in his second year of arbitration eligibility, according to an industry source.
When the Oakland Athletics lost in Seattle early Saturday evening, the night's contest between the Orioles and the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards technically became meaningless shortly after the first pitch.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter's dust up with Yankees skipper Joe Girardi during Baltimore's 4-2 win Monday night is being reviewed by the commissioner's office, according to an industry source, but there was no determination of any possible penalties as of late Tuesday afternoon.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter still believes his team is capable of putting together a lengthy winning streak, something it really hasn't done this season. To date, the Orioles' longest streak of the season is five games.
The Orioles made major switches at the catcher position on the first day of roster expansion Sunday, designating backup Taylor Teagarden for assignment while purchasing the contracts of veteran Chris Snyder and Baltimore native Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.
NEW YORK -- The Orioles needed to make a 25-man roster spot available for trade acquisition Michael Morse on Saturday, and they did so in placing outfielder Steve Pearce on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left wrist.
Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen had never thrown fewer than four innings or given up more than seven runs in any of his starts as a major leaguer. He picked a particularly inopportune time to do both.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter spent several minutes during his pre-game news conference Saturday afternoon talking about how his offense was seemingly close to breaking out and may, sometime soon, finally take advantage of the scoring opportunities it kept squandering.