Right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who agreed to terms on a restructured two-year deal guaranteeing him $22 million, is expected to be at the Ed Smith Stadium complex Thursday and could participate in his first workout as an Oriole the same day. And outfielder Dexter Fowler, whose three-year, $33 million deal is pending a physical, could be just behind him.
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.
If Wednesday¿s ALDS Game 5 outcomes were any indicator, this year¿s American League Championship Series should be an entertaining one, but watching the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays play for a ticket to the World Series has to make more Orioles fans gag.
To pinpoint exactly when the Orioles' 2015 season veered off the tracks and a 96-win division champion became an also-ran, you first have to go back to before the calendar flipped. In early December, three key 2014 Orioles officially signed lucrative four-year deals with other teams. In each instance, executive vice president Dan Duquette had an explanation for letting the player walk.
Second baseman Jonathan Schoop's right hand was still swollen Friday, one day after he was hit with a pitch in the first inning of Thursday's 6-4 win over Toronto. But Schoop is still hoping that he can get back in the starting lineup.
The Orioles¿ postseason hopes might be gone, but third baseman Manny Machado is still playing like these October games mean something. Machado homered before and after a 3-hour, 25-minute rain delay Thursday in the Orioles¿ 6-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, who weren¿t using any regulars after clinching the American League East on Wednesday.
Orioles center fielder and team leader Adam Jones has said repeatedly that he will make his opinions known to management and ownership on what he would like to see happen this offseason. On Thursday, while holding court with reporters, he was asked specifically about his feelings toward slugger Chris Davis potentially leaving the team after four-plus seasons as an Oriole. In his typical style, Jones didn't shy away, calling Davis "probably the highest priority" for the Orioles.
Matt Wieters hit his 100th career home run in the eighth inning of Wednesday¿s second game against the Toronto Blue Jays, then admitted that he had been pressing to hit the century mark while he¿s still playing in Baltimore.
Last September, the Toronto Blue Jays had to watch from the visiting dugout at Camden Yards as the Orioles celebrated winning the American League East. One year later, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to stare across to field and watch the Blue Jays flood out of that same dugout to celebrate their first division title since 1993.
The Orioles hope to get in both ends of today¿s doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays, but the weather outlook for the rest of the week might soon have club and major league officials wringing their hands over the possibility that the season could bleed over into Monday.
The Orioles¿ game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday has been postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader beginning at 4:05 p.m. at Camden Yards.
One of the side benefits of Adam Jones' persistent back stiffness is that it has allowed the Orioles to take the occasional look at Gerardo Parra in center field, in case there is a future need. Where Parra's future will be, however, is undetermined. But the pending free agent said he has enjoyed his time in Baltimore and would like to come back if there's a fit.