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Occasionally, the entire Eutaw Street Report staff will contribute to a post. These are usually instant reactions to news, signings, big games, etc. It's like sitting at the bar and hearing the news/watching the game with us!

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Orioles, Trumbo Agree on Three-Year Deal

Mark Trumbo watches after swinging.
Per multiple reports, the Orioles and slugger Mark Trumbo have agreed on a new three-year contract. Sources: Three-year deal between #Orioles, Trumbo expected to be under $40M. Two sides close to agreement. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 19, 2017 #orioles have had internal tug-of-war. Wanted Trumbo back but liked the draft pick they'd receive. Price came down and deal could get done https://t.co/OhZDXbxqyC — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) January 19, 2017 ESR staff react to the news here: Derek Arnold While I’m not overly excited about having Trumbo back, at three […]

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: O’s, M’s Swap Yovani Gallardo for Seth Smith

side-by-side of Seth Smith and Yovani Gallardo.
The Orioles have traded Yovani Gallardo and the always popular cash considerations to Seattle for outfielder Seth Smith. ESR staff react to the trade: Derek Arnold It sure seems like Dan Duquette has a pretty good relationship with the Seattle front office. There was Clevenger-for-Trumbo last offseason, then Wade Miley for Ariel Miranda last July, and now this. According to Roch, the Birds save about $4 million in this deal. Seth Smith gives them a lefty bat who can get on base, and we don’t have to watch Gallardo implode […]

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: O’s Sign Catcher Welington Castillo

Per Jon Heyman, the Orioles and free-agent catcher Wellington Castillo have agreed on a deal. Sources: welington Castillo has deal with orioles — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 14, 2016 Castillo gets 1-year deal, plus 2nd year player option with orioles. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 14, 2016 Castillo gets 6M in '17, option is for 7M — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 14, 2016 ESR staff react to the signing below: Derek Arnold Castillo was a 4.5 bWAR player back in 2013 with the Cubs, his best season. That was in […]

Building 2017 Orioles is No Easy Task

One game and done hardly feels like a satisfying trip to the postseason. So as the Orioles look ahead to the 2017 season, the task at hand will be for a repeat trip to the playoffs–which would be their first back-to-back playoff visits since 1996-97–and a much longer October soiree next time around. But all of that means that some difficult decisions need to be made between now and next spring. Catcher Matt Wieters has been with the O’s since he was the 5th overall pick in 2007. He’s an […]

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: O’s Trade for Steve Pearce

orioles player steve pearce making a face
The O’s traded minor league catcher Jonah Heim to Tampa Bay for Steve Pearce. ESR staff react to the trade: Derek Arnold Love it. I’ve been asking for this one for a couple weeks now. Pearce crushes left-handed pitching, and the O’s need somebody else who fits that bill with Joey Rickard out for at least another month. Aside from that, Pearce is a super utility guy who can actually hit (unlike Ryan Flaherty), and solidifies the Birds’ bench. Many keep asking if he can pitch now – to them […]

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: O’s Trade Ariel Miranda for Wade Miley

Wade Miley of the Mariners prepares to pitch.
The Orioles and Mariners swapped LHP Wade Miley for Ariel Miranda. ESR staff react to the news… Derek Arnold Hard to see Miley moving the needle too much. He’s a very “meh” pitcher, but the Orioles rotation could actually use a little bit more “meh” at the moment. They didn’t give up a prospect, and Miley is under contract through 2017, so there really isn’t much to get worked up about either way in this deal. Here’s hoping Wade can inject some stability to the back end of the rotation. […]

Choosing New Walk-Up Music for our Birds

The Oriole Bird holding a guitar instead of a bat.
image via Spring is synonymous with newness. Everything is fresh and reborn, and as they say in baseball terms, hope springs eternal. Thinking along those lines, here at ESR we believe that our Birds could use some new walk-up music for the 2016 season. For some players, this will involve replacing old classics, songs that make the player instantly recognizable, while for others we’ll hope to create some fun where now exists just bland (usually country) melodies. Regardless, for all we’ll hope to establish some new instant recognition between Oriole […]

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: O’s Agree to 1-Year Deal with Pedro Alvarez

Pedro Alvarez trots the bases after hitting a home run.
According to multiple reports, the Orioles and former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez have agreed to terms on a one-year contract. The Eutaw Street Report staff weighs in on the news… pedro alvarez has deal with orioles — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 8, 2016 Alvarez gets $5.75M plus $1.25M incentives — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 8, 2016 The alvarez signing by o's would seem to solidify mark trumbo as RF. PA deal 1st reported: @sdutdennislin — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 8, 2016 Derek Arnold Another masher, huh? That’s cool, but […]

Knee Jerks: Fowler Reneges on O’s, Signs with Cubs

Jun 21, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter (26) argues with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez (55) against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Dexter Fowler reneged on his deal with the Orioles and has signed with the Chicago Cubs. According to Jon Heyman, it was over a 1-year player opt-out clause dispute. word on fowler is he insisted on an opt-out with orioles after 1 year. o's didnt want to do it #cubs — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 25, 2016 Our staff reacts. Ryan Blake Yesterday, the Orioles had their everyday right fielder, bonafide leadoff hitter, stolen base threat, and high-OBP guy and today he’s a Chicago Cub. I don’t understand. I guess […]

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Orioles Sign Dexter Fowler

Cubs OF Dexter Fowler runs the bases.
Source: #orioles reach agreement with Dexter Fowler on 3 year deal — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) February 23, 2016 So fans asking how Gallardo physical impacts Fowler, there you go #orioles — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) February 23, 2016 Our staff react to the news… Stephen Adams Love it! OBP. Decent pop. Shores up the OF. Think he’ll be average in a COF spot and apparently is a good clubhouse guy. Tyler Lombardi This move solidifies this offseason as the most active for thttps://twitter.com/danconnolly2016/status/702150768694956032he Orioles I can remember. I like this signing […]

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Gallardo, O’s Agree to Terms

Yovani Gallardo holds a baseball.
The Orioles have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo on a three-year deal worth $35 million. The deal also reportedly includes a fourth-year club option. Gallardo, orioles have a deal. $35M, 3 yrs — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 20, 2016 ESR staff react to the news…   Phil Backert Gallardo gives something the Orioles desperately need in their rotation and that is a guy that will start 30 games. However, I’m not sure how effective he will be. Gallardo’s WHIP is on the rise, his K […]

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Chris Davis Re-signs at 7/161

still of orioles player after hitting baseball
Chris Davis will be back with the O’s in 2016 and beyond, agreeing to a seven-year, $161 million deal with the team this morning. ESR staff react to the news:   Derek Arnold Well, color me shocked. I had prepared a piece saying goodbye to Davis nearly two months ago, titled “So Long, and Thanks for All the Dongs.” Imagine my surprise this morning when I got to re-title that piece (as well as completely re-working the beginning and end) to reflect the fact that Crush is staying put in […]

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: O’s Swap Clevenger for Trumbo

Mark Trumbo watches a home run fly.
The Orioles & Mariners have reportedly agreed on a trade that will send Mark Trumbo to Baltimore in exchange for Steve Clevenger. Our staff reacts… .@Orioles acquire Mark Trumbo from Mariners, @Britt_Ghiroli reports. Clubs have not confirmed. #HotStove — MLB (@MLB) December 2, 2015 Derek Arnold I hate losing Clevenger, as I was hoping to see Steve & Caleb Joseph handle most catching duties in 2016, but that ship sailed last month when Matt Wieters accepted the qualifying offer. Trumbo offers some power, which we know the O’s covet, and […]

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Wieters Accepts Q.O.

Matt Wieters bats during a spring training 2015 game.
In a surprise plot twist, Matt Wieters has accepted the Orioles’ qualifying offer for 2016, meaning he’ll be back in Birdland on a one-year, $15.8M deal. Our staff reacts:   Derek Arnold This feels a bit like a case of the Orioles being snakebitten, doesn’t it? Even when they do something smart – offer Wieters the Q.O., expecting him to decline it like every player before him, take the draft pick – it backfires. Still, as they say, there’s no use crying over spilled…ink on a qualifying offer sheet? Looking […]
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