In a recent item on Pro Football Talk, Mike Florio wrote that the Ravens' "free-agency gamble" -- releasing veterans Willis McGahee, Todd Heap, Derrick Mason and Kelly Gregg -- blew up on them. Each player opted to sign elsewhere instead of staying here at a reduced rate, leaving the Ravens looking for replacements.
Jake Arrieta is almost certainly going to be shut down for the remainder of this season so he can have elbow surgery. ... Mark Reynolds hit a three-run home run and starter Alfredo Simon allowed just one run on four hits in Tuesday night's 8-2 win over the Royals. ... The Orioles released Justin Duchscherer. ... The Ravens signed center Casey Rabach to a two-year contract. ... Marc Bulger has decided to retire instead of backup up Joe Flacco. ... Todd Heap, who was caught off guard when the Ravens released him, wants to take the Cardinals "back to the top."
Asked to describe his first year in Baltimore, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said it is "under construction." ... Matt Hobgood got hammered in Aberdeen on Monday night. ... Domonique Foxworth, who underwent surgery last August to repair a torn ACL, expressed frustration about the strength and stability of his right knee. ... Many assume fullback Le¿Ron McClain won't return, but Ravens running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery isn¿t one of them. ... Maryland forward Haukur Palsson is leaving school to pursue a pro basketball career in Europe.
The Ravens signed Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach but saw tight end Todd Heap sign a two-year deal with the Cardinals. ... A few Ravens players are sidelined at the start of training camp. ... Kelly Gregg said there are no hard feelings in parting ways with the Ravens. ... The Orioles lost to the Yankees, 4-2, on Sunday. ... After making two deals Saturday, the Orioles held on to the rest of their potential chips as Sunday's annual non-waiver trade deadline passed.
I've watched the video from Joe Flacco's first press conference of the 2011 season, and I'm trying not to read too much into his comments. Obviously, seeing a little public swagger from Flacco -- even if that swagger is still delivered via monotone -- is a good thing for a quarterback who can no longer be called a young quarterback.
The not-yet-official release of veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason opened the possibility of the Ravens making a play for one of the bigger-named wideouts on the free-agent market. Mason is in the twilight of his career, but his ego has shown no signs of decline. As we saw last season, there are only so many balls to go around, and when they aren¿t going to Mason's side of the field, he will freely voice his displeasure.
The Ravens unofficially freed up salary cap space when they announced that they were releasing a quartet of veteran contributors, fueling speculation that the team was gearing up to make a splash in free agency.
The Ravens struck a deal with Marshal Yanda, agreeing Tuesday afternoon to a five-year deal with the offensive lineman that is believed to average a little more than $6 million per season. ... With Yanda locked up, the Ravens' focus now turns to re-signing cornerback Josh Wilson. ... Domonique Foxworth is ready to get back on the field. ... The Orioles pounded out four home runs en route to a rare win in Toronto. ... Vladimir Guerrero was activated from the disabled list.
On Tuesday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed that the Ravens were releasing four veteran leaders who had contributed more than 1,000 catches, 100 touchdowns and 500 tackles combined to the franchise.
Shortly after Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith shook hands and the NFL lockout ended, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome issued a statement. "We will be making a number of roster moves in the next 48 hours that will free up salary cap space," he said. It didn't take long for us to find out who would be moved.
The celebration of the NFL's four-month lockout ending turned into disbelief Monday when the Ravens cut four players, including their top two receivers of all time. Veterans Derrick Mason, Todd Heap, Willis McGahee and Kelly Gregg were informed by the Ravens that they will be released from their contracts. ... The Ravens players who survived the roster cuts are ready to get back on the field Wednesday. ... Brooks Robinson is getting a statue. ... The second phase of building the Baltimore Grand Prix race course has begun. ... Ryan Lochte beat Michael Phelps in the 200-meter freestyle at the world championships early Tuesday morning.
Have you been wondering why folks around the football world have been talking about Joe Flacco so much (so much that I could put together this sizable photo gallery of Flacco backers and attackers)? Well, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has a good explanation: There is nothing else to talk about during the NFL lockout.
A winning football team is finally coming to Towson University. It¿s the Ravens -- well, 20 or so of them -- who will be holding unofficial workouts on Towson¿s campus later this month. Veteran receiver Derrick Mason organized the workouts so Ravens players in the area can stay sharp during the NFL lockout.