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Knee-Jerk Reactions: O’s Hire Brandon Hyde as Manager

Brandon Hyde of the Cubs.
The Orioles have hired their new manager. Brandon Hyde, most recently the Chicago Cubs’ bench coach, will take the reins in 2019. ESR staff react to the news here… Derek Arnold I won’t pretend to know a thing about Brandon Hyde. This hire has a much different feel, obviously, than did the hiring of Buck Showalter. That’s not necessarily a good or bad thing – it just is. The Showalter hire was exactly the type that was needed at the time: an established, successful, big-name manager to take over and […]

O’s Leave Winter Meetings with Two New Infielders

The Baltimore Orioles haven’t been expected to make too much noise in the first offseason of the club’s rebuild under executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias, especially when there’s still a vacancy at manager (although it sounds like that search could be coming to an end very soon). Once the club officially announces the hiring of their new manager, they will be able to get on with the rest of their offseason plan, which will surely involve the new skipper’s input. However, with the annual Winter Meetings coming […]

O’s Claim Ruiz, Lose Meisinger to St. Louis

Rio Ruiz swings his bat.
The Baltimore Orioles have announced that the St. Louis Cardinals have claimed right-handed pitcher Ryan Meisinger off waivers. In addition, the O’s have claimed third baseman Rio Ruiz off waivers from the Atlanta Braves. Meisinger was an 11th round selection by the Orioles during the 2015 MLB Draft. He worked his way through each affiliate as a successful reliever in the minors. Prior to making his major-league debut in 2018, he recorded a 2.28 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings at Triple-A Norfolk. In 21 innings with the […]

Orioles’ Winter Meetings To-Do List

The annual Major League Baseball winter meetings have begun, although the hot stove got heated up unusually early this offseason. With executives and agents around the league meeting up for the week in Las Vegas, we may be seeing it cranked up another notch. Baseball fans are intrigued to see where high-priced free-agent stars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will sign, as well as whether or not Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto or Cleveland Indians pitchers Trevor Bauer or Corey Kluber find new homes via trade. However, these aren’t topics […]

How Will O’s Distribute Time Behind the Dish in ’19?

Chance Sisco in the batter's box..
Not too often in recent years have the Baltimore Orioles had a clearly known starting catcher on the roster. In the last five seasons, the Orioles have had had the same catcher behind the dish for 100 or more games just once: Matt Wieters in 2016. I guess you could call the other four years a catcher-by-committee system for the O’s. — In 2014, when Wieters was shut down early in the season and required Tommy John surgery, time behind the plate was split up with 77, 45, and 18 […]

A Look at Potential Free Agent Outfield Targets

Adam Jones looks at his bat.
submitted by Ryan Hoak The hiring of Mike Elias, now two weeks past, has brought Orioles fans’ attention to the free agent market. Now the Orioles front office can focus on possible trades or free-agent signings, alongside hiring a new manager. This administration under Elias is aware they are not building a competitive 2019 Orioles team, but that doesn’t mean they can’t plug holes in the current roster. The biggest hole in the outfield on the current Orioles roster is right field. With the likely departure of beloved Oriole Adam […]

How Will O’s Utilize Plethora of Young Outfielders?

Cedric Mullins in the batter's box.
One bittersweet topic that has surfaced in Baltimore over the past few months is the upcoming departure of Adam Jones. Some fans may view it as just bitter, with no sweet mixture, as the long-time face of the franchise has been holding down center field in Baltimore from the start of 2008 until August 10 of this past season, when he agreed to slide to right field to pave the way for rookie Cedric Mullins. Assuming Jones will not be returning to Baltimore on a new contract this offseason, his […]

Potential FA Infield Prospects for Rebuilding O’s

Freddy Galvis throws on the run.
In the days since the Orioles finally got their front office situation sorted out – by hiring the grand-slam choice of former Astros assistant GM Mike Elias – the offseason chatter has returned to the more mundane, run-of-the-mill topics familiar to every offseason: who will be non-tendered, which free agents should the team target, etc. Speaking of non-tender candidates, one name keeps popping up here in Birdland: Tim Beckham. I have no inside information on this situation – but with some more analytical heads up top making the decisions, I […]

Mike Elias Would Fight A Horse-Sized Duck & More AMA Fun

Mike Elias on his laptop.
On Monday, the Orioles introduced new Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias in a sort of awkward press conference thing with John & Lou Angelos. Scott from Bird’s Eye View described the setting as featuring “IKEA furniture,” which seems like the perfect choice of words. After the introduction, Elias did an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. I’ll try to pick out some of the more interesting answers he gave here. Question: “Pitching development…how do you plan to fix it?” (Very direct. I like it.) Answer: “developing pitching […]

Thoughts on the Hiring of Mike Elias

Mike Elias
The Orioles have a new leader in place of their front office, following a harrowing six weeks that left fans in limbo. Mike Elias has been hired as the team’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. He will take over all of the team’s baseball operations, and according to the club, has “full autonomy” to build a staff and make the decisions. This is where you insert the “shocked face” GIF. Let’s first take a step back and think about what the last month-plus has been like for Orioles supporters. […]

Mike Elias Will Lead Orioles into Future

Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore
It took over two weeks following the World Series for the Orioles to find the right person to head their organization moving forward, but the patience may have paid off. Mike Elias, age 35, is a young, analytically driven executive with playing and scouting experience. Elias was in part responsible for drafting the likes of Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman. He has quite the job ahead of him taking over for an Orioles team that won only 47 games this past season, with no international player pipeline, and an understaffed […]

Knee-Jerk Reactions: O’s Set to Hire Mike Elias

Mike Elias and and an Astros player.
According to multiple reports, the Orioles are set to hire former Houston Astros Assistant GM Mike Elias to be not just the GM, but the top decision-maker of the organization. It would be great for it to be made official, of course… O's fans watching the clock tick by as the Elias news remains unoffical pic.twitter.com/6sTY0cAVq0 — Eutaw Street Rebuild (@EutawStReport) November 14, 2018 As our friend John Darcey, fantasy writer over at our football site, RSR, reminds us though… It is important to remember John and Louis are currently […]

The Warehouse Podcast Episode 27: The End of the Road

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The dumpster fire that was the 2018 season of the Baltimore Orioles is over, thankfully. It is a time for change in Charm City. Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette are out of a job. Peter Angelos seems to have officially handed the reigns of the club over to his sons. But most importantly, today we are adding a new member to the Eutaw Street Report family. Do you find your morning commute dull? Does your work day drag on without something interesting to listen to? Are the local sports radio […]

Buck Showalter Won’t be Back in Birdland

The Orioles, as is their wont, were in seemingly no hurry to start making actual decisions about their future this offseason. Having wrapped up the worst campaign in team history on Sunday, we heard nothing but crickets from The Warehouse as other teams, such as the Angels, Rangers, and Twins, got on with the dirty business of making staff changes. That finally came to an end today, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Buck Showalter will not be back with the Orioles, in any capacity, in 2019. The […]

Thursday Thoughts: Limping to the Finish Line

Adam Jones catches and blows a bubble.
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 cut it down to four or five, so consider it the Earl Weaver/€“Brooks Robinson era of Thursday Thoughts. – A.S. 1. Welcome back to Thursday Thoughts. I’ve been limping to the end of this abysmal season just like the baseball team in Baltimore. If you hadn’t noticed, we took a few weeks off here at Thursday Thoughts, and for […]

O’s Call Up 2015 First-Rounder D.J. Stewart

D.J. Stewart in the batter's box.
Greeting again, Birdland. It’s been nothing but a whole lotta sadness, losing, and bad, bad baseball since we last talked. My writers are all seemingly too depressed to even analyze anything these days, as my email inbox for ESR stories has been as quiet as Chris Davis’ bat. Hey, I can’t particularly blame them. The Birds have shown zero signs of life lately, and the great majority of the “kids” getting playing time these days are either not kids at all or are kids but are performing quite poorly. The […]

Is This a Rebuild or Sell Off?

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As the 2018 season mercifully nears its end, I have started to play a little game. What game you ask? Allow me to bring in Petyr Baelish to explain: I was ecstatic as the Orioles began to make their much needed moves, trading valuable pieces in Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman and Brad Brach. It was a vital first step to start the arduous rebuild process for a team in need of not only organizational depth, but one in need of increased talent at virtually every position […]

Series Preview: Orioles (40-94) @ Royals (42-91)

Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium.
After recording their first three-game sweep of 2018 against the Blue Jays, the Orioles will be looking to bank a few more tallies in the win column during their upcoming three-game set in Kansas City. The Orioles (40-94) can also match a season-high four-game win streak with a win in tonight’s series opener. The last time they managed to do so was with two straight wins against the Royals and the Rays at Camden Yards from May 9th-12th. The Royals (42-91) will be feeling good after taking two of three […]

Series Preview: Orioles (37-94) vs. Blue Jays (60-70)

Kendrys Morales of the Blue Jays.
After getting swept against the Yankees over the weekend, the Orioles will now aim to salvage a positive note at home before embarking on a nine-game road trip. Need a reason to watch? Jays’ slugger Kendrys Morales has now homered in seven straight games, a streak that started against the Orioles last week (because of course it did), and can tie the MLB record (shared by Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly, and Dale Long) tonight. Unfortunately for Kendrys, Dylan Dinger Bundy pitched last night, but other O’s hurlers haven’t exactly […]

Series Preview: Orioles (37-90) vs. Yankees (79-47)

Zach Britton pitches in Yankees pinstripes.
After getting swept in Toronto, the Orioles will now return home and take on the Yankees for a four-game set over the weekend. The Orioles (37-90) are coming off of a 1-5 road trip and will try to snap a four-game losing streak in tonight’s series opener. They’ll also look to use an upcoming seven-game home stand to improve upon their 5-15 record in the month of August. The Yankees (79-47) are missing a few key players at the moment, but still hold a four-game lead over Oakland for the […]