The Orioles might have avoided a real headache in a year full of them by missing out on Jason Vargas, and despite all that’s gone badly for them this season, it looks like Andrew Cashner was the right pitcher to stabilize their rotation.
The left-hander receives a minor league deal that will net him $2.5 million if he makes the major league club and includes incentives that could bring his salary to $5.7 million, according to USA Today.
Baseball's suspiciously uneventful offseason might be collusion...or it might be that ownership finally got a dose of common sense. Either way, it's going to have an impact that stretches into 2019 and beyond.
As spring training is about to being, storylines to watch around baseball include the two slugging superstars in pinstripes, will Clayton Kershaw opt out of his contract and did the Cubs do enough to win another World Series title?
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Thursday on the team's offseason radio show that they'll remake the rotation to contend, not rebuild, in 2018, and addressed the futures of Manny Machado, Zach Britton, and Jonathan Schoop with the ballclub.
Depending on whether the Orioles decide to crack open their coffers for big-name starting pitchers in free agency, shop in the middle of the market, or wait it out until January, there are plenty of ways they can rebuild their rotation this offseason.
They followed that up with a 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers without hitting one longball -- the Orioles first homerless victory since April 26 to secure a four-game sweep at Camden Yards for the first time since 2008.
Showalter was announced Wednesday night as one of three finalists for the Baseball Writers' Association of America's award after leading the Orioles to a 93-69 record and their first playoff appearance since 1997.
Also new this year is an announcement of the finalists ¿ the top three in each league for the rookie, manager and Cy Young and Top 5 for MVP. That will be aired this Wednesday at 6 p.m. on MLB Network.
This is the kind of thing they used to teach in journalism school and I wish they still did: The way one careless mistake can diminish an otherwise strong performance and bring embarrassment instead of praise.