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The Curious Case of Colby Rasmus

Coby Rasmus with his bat & Rays batting helmet.
The rabbit hole that is the 2018 Orioles offseason got deeper this week, as the Orioles locked up Colby Rasmus to a one-year, $3 million minor-league deal (with up to $5million with incentives). Dan Duquette, in an interview with Roch Kubatko, stated about Rasmus, “Colby Rasmus is a proven veteran player in the AL East who is a versatile outfielder with power and speed to make a meaningful contribution to the 2018 team.” I have only one issue with that comment, and I think Terry from Happy Gilmore can best […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Spring Training Games Start Today!

Manny Machado trots around the bases.
I have great news and not-so-great news. The great news first – BASEBALL IS ON TODAY! You can watch the Birds start Grapefruit League play against the new-look Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 on MASN, or listen on 105.7 The Fan. The not-so-great news: Mike Wright will be on the bump to kick things off. Not exactly setting the tone for a great season, huh? Here’s to Mike getting through his scheduled two innings without having a complete meltdown. In the meantime, whet your whistle with today’s O’s links: Orioles […]

Thursday Thoughts: Flurry of “Meh” Moves Don’t Move Needle

Colby Rasmus of the Rays.
This is a weekly column that dives into some random thoughts about the Orioles/MLB. I used to do eight as a nod to Cal Ripken Jr. As of last year, I’ve be cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver–Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. The Orioles have added to their rotation over the last week, signing Andrew Cashner to a two-year deal and bringing back Chris Tillman on a one-year contract. These two pacts, considering the money involved, are completely fine […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Rasmus? Really?

Colby Rasmus rounds the bases after a HR.
My 11-month old is napping, so I have a couple minutes to get you some links on this gorgeous Wednesday. Let’s get right to it. Bird’s Eye View Episode 225: Pitching Staph Are we back to weekly BEV episodes?! Or is it, like this 70-degree weather over the last couple days, just a tease? Either way, listen in to hear Jake & Scott give their thoughts on Andrew Cashner, Chris Tillman, this year’s radio crew, and plenty more. Locked On Orioles: Episode 1 Justin McGuire, who does the awesome Baseball […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Chris Tillman is Back

Chris Tillman winds up to pitch.
In the least surprising move of the offseason, the Birds brought back Chris Tillman this morning. We all expected this, and it’s finally official. Chris Tillman is returning to orioles. Deal agreed to. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 19, 2018 With incentives, the Tillman deal can reach up to $10 million. $3M is guaranteed. — Dan Connolly (@danconnolly2016) February 19, 2018 Player Opt-Outs Could Have Really Helped the Orioles Over at Camden Depot, Nate DeLong argues that, with the odd course this offseason has taken regarding free agent signings, along […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Straight Cashner, Homie

Andrew Cashner in an O's hat and Sunglasses.
You may have heard that the Orioles emerged from their winter hibernation yesterday and actually signed a pitcher. Let’s talk about that – and some other stuff – in today’s O’s Links. Here’s hopin’ Cashner negotiated an exemption from the Orioles’ stupid archaic facial hair policy that allows him to keep that sweet beard. Happy first Friday of Spring Training, Birdland. The Orioles are Paying Money to Andrew Cashner Jeff Sullivan writing about the Orioles? Be still my heart. If you’re looking for fancy-stat reasons to be bullish on Cashner…look […]

Orioles Sign Andrew Cashner to Two-Year Deal

Andrew Cashner pitches for the Padres.
Hey, they finally did something! Source: #orioles are signing RHP Andrew Cashner to a 2-year deal with $16 million guaranteed — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) February 15, 2018 Andrew Cashner, most recently of the Texas Rangers, joins the Orioles as a much-needed actual MLB starting pitcher. That’s fun! Less fun are Cashner’s recent numbers and very concerning peripherals, of course. He was 11-11 for the Rangers in 2017, pitching 166.2 innings, allowing 156 hits, striking out 86 and walking 64, while posting a 3.40 ERA and 4.61 FIP. On the bright […]

Thursday Thoughts: Dark Cloud Hangs Over O’s Spring Training

Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, darkened.
Spring training is technically underway. But it’s important to remember that as we ease into another season, that stretching and building up your strength is important. We are going to ease into Thursday Thoughts for this season right here after what has been a strange and puzzling winter. It’s odd that Spring Training is underway even though it feels like the offseason has yet to start. That’s not just an Orioles thing, either, it’s that way throughout MLB. There are so many prominent free agents still on the market, you […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: 2018 Gets Underway!

Miguel Castro throws in Sarasota.
I just can’t help myself. Logically, I know that this Orioles season is shaping up to be 162 games of disappointment and misery, perhaps the start of another stretch of dark years resembling 1998-2011. Even with that thought gnawing at the back of my mind though, I still get a bit giddy when I see the pictures of baseball players tossing and jogging down in Sarasota start scrolling through my Twitter feed. Then I think to myself, “hey, the last time everybody seemed this down on the Birds in February […]

Happy “Pitchers” and Catchers Day! I Guess?

empty baseball field with sun rising
Happy Pitchers & Catchers Day, Birdland! Yeah, that’s about the reaction I expected. For months, I’ve been using the (admittedly, bad!) joke that “Orioles PitcheR and Catchers report on February 13!” Never in my bleakest dark year-flashback dreams did I believe that I’d STILL be able to make that stupid joke as said pitcher and catchers were first reporting to the Ed Smith complex in Sarasota this morning. The Orioles haven’t signed a single legitimate big league starting pitcher since the 2017 season came to its disappointing close, despite that […]

O’s Probably Have Little Chance of Re-Signing Schoop Either

On Tuesday, the Orioles settled on a 1-year deal with their All-Star second baseman, Jonathan Schoop for $8.5 million, as the two sides avoided arbitration. Schoop had filed at $9 million, while the Orioles countered at $7.5 million before eventually agreeing to terms. The agreement leaves only Kevin Gausman without a Major League deal among the Orioles’ seven arbitration-eligible players, with a hearing date set for Monday, February 12th. While Schoop will be earning a raise of $5.025 million from last year’s contract, the interest of the Orioles and their fans […]

What in the Name of Earl Weaver is Going On Here?

Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette at O's Fan Fest on stage.
Since the conclusion of the 2017 season, countless articles (including my own) have been penned on what the Orioles could do to be ready to compete in 2018. From Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn to Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas, the thoughts and postulations over the Orioles future have been bountiful, with many of them holding a great deal of validity and intrigue. However, with pitchers and catchers reporting to Sarasota in 2 weeks (February 13th), I’m as confused as Biff Tannen witnessing a flying Delorean as to what the […]

Orioles Fans Aren’t Happy

A lonley oriole fan watches from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
I know, I know…I’m not exactly uncovering Watergate here. But before you give that headline a quick “a-duh!” and move on, give me a moment. I have data to support this assertion, and it’s not just of the looked-at-social-media-and-my-face-melted variety. First off, we need to acknowledge that Orioles fans are far from alone in being frustrated at our team’s lack of (or negative) movement this offseason. The talk of MLB has been the ridiculously low temperature of the usual “hot stove,” and how free agents are, as a group, languishing […]

Hawaiian Shirt Highlights 2018 Promotional Schedule

O’s fans continue to sit and twiddle our thumbs waiting for the team to toss us any sort of bone to get excited about in 2018, and today the team finally made an announcement! No, they didn’t sign anybody you’ve ever heard of – or anybody you haven’t, for that matter. They haven’t signed Manny Machado or Jonathan Schoop to extensions. Ditto Dan Duquette or Buck Showalter. This “news” doesn’t even come from the front office as a matter of fact, but from the Marketing & Promotions department. Here are […]

Five Players The Orioles Should Sign Today

Cubs' Jon Jay finishes his swing.
As the slowest offseason in recent memory reaches mid-January, the Baltimore Orioles find themselves amongst six other MLB teams that have yet to spend a dime in free agency, joining the Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays in a club that no fan base wants any parts of. That lack of spending, combined with a rotation that currently has just two members—Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman—and the likely departure of their All-World third baseman Manny Machado has O’s fans throwing in the towel […]

Thursday Thoughts: Doom & Gloom Edition

cartoon of sad orioles bird face
1. Remember that feeling about ten years ago when you entered a new year and knew there wasn’t much hope for the Orioles? Welcome back. We didn’t miss you, dark ages baseball. When things get bad, they get worse for the O’s, who have lost Zach Britton for somewhere around the next six months as the closer ruptured his Achilles while working out in California this week. The chain reaction this injury sets off is monumental. It means the Orioles certainly aren’t going to be able to trade the left-hander, […]

Zach Britton Reportedly Ruptures Achilles

Zach Britton throws in spring training.
Feeling a bit down in the dumps this holiday season, Birdland? With all the talk of the team trying to trade Manny Machado, along with the usual lack of movement from the front office when it comes to signing ACTUAL major league pitchers who might be able to help the team win games, it’s been quite a glum offseason so far. Well, this morning, Ken Rosenthal threw cold water acid all over our already frowning faces. BREAKING: Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his Achilles yesterday working out in California. Expected […]

Seeds of O’s Current Predicament Were Planted in 2014-15

cruz pointing at fans while running bases after homerun
This Orioles offseason has started like most others under Dan Duquette’s tenure: plenty of chatter and rumors, very little movement. The Manny Machado saga has continued to drag out, revealing an organization without direction or leadership. How did we get here? I feel as though I blinked and the 1998-2011 Orioles returned. At what moment did this promising and exciting core fizzle out and usher in the return of the dark times? After some research and Jedi-like meditation, I found it. Travel back in time with me to 2014. If […]

O’s Listening to Offers on Manny Machado

Manny Machado in front of sign at spring training 2015.
What had been quite the usual boring Winter Meetings for O’s fans got quite the jolt yesterday, as reports began to surface (first from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal) that the Orioles were suddenly open to trading star third baseman Manny Machado. Many fans already assume that Machado, who is due to hit free agency at the conclusion of the 2018 season, is as good as gone by roughly this time next year. However, there remain plenty of starry-eyed eternal O’ptimists who believe that Manny will join the likes of Brooks, […]

Duffy Brings OPACY to Life with Words

Art - Oriole Park at Camden Yards drawn using player names.
The internet can be a weird and terrifying place, especially in this day and age. There is vitriol and venom spewed on the daily. Most of us are just here for videos of cats being scared by cucumbers or dogs seeing servicemembers return home from overseas and losing their mind. The internet, however, and specifically the wild world of Twitter, can also be a place to learn and discover. Obviously you are here for some form of Orioles content, much like I am regularly. Yesterday, I came across one of […]