BALTIMORE -- With the World Series in the books, the Hot Stove season officially begins, with several key Orioles becoming free agents.
BALTIMORE -- As expected, the Orioles have exercised their 2015 club options on pitchers Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O'Day, and they declined the options of right fielder Nick Markakis and catcher Nick Hundley.
Chen, 29, set career highs with 16 wins and a 3.54 ERA in 31 starts for Baltimore last season. The lefty will make $4.75 million in 2015.
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles were nominated for a slew of MLB.com's 2014 Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) awards, an honor that's not surprising given Baltimore's successful season that saw the organization win the American League East and advance to the AL Championship Series for the first time since 1997.
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette (Executive of the Year), Buck Showalter (Manager), Nelson Cruz (Hitter), Adam Jones (Play), J.J. Hardy (Defensive Player), Zach Britton (Closer, Breakout Pitcher), Andrew Miller (Setup Man) and Darren O'Day (Setup Man) are among the nominees who will be competing against baseball's best.
In his first few starts in the Arizona Fall League, the timing of right-hander Zach Davies' delivery was off. It showed in his results, as he allowed four runs on four hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings.
Davies has since ironed out his delivery and has returned to form. That continued Thursday, as he threw five scoreless innings and Glendale defeated Peoria, 4-1.
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' season ended with them reaching the American League Championship Series, an impressive feat but one that leaves both the organization and its fans wanting more. While the O's are expected to have back the trio of players they were missing in October -- Manny Machado, Matt Wieters and Chris Davis -- executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette still has plenty of decisions to make this offseason.
Addressing the club's top free agents will be Duquette's first order of business, most notably the 2014 Most Valuable Oriole, Nelson Cruz. Nick Markakis could also hit the free-agent market -- his 2015 option is expected to be declined -- as could non-waiver Trade Deadline acquisition Andrew Miller. Given the uncertainty around Machado, who is coming off his second consecutive season-ending knee surgery, and the organization's lack of infield prospects, signing shortstop J.J. Hardy to a three-year extension was a good first step.
Playing for Surprise last year in the Arizona Fall League, catcher Michael Ohlman helped the Saguaros win the title. As a member of the taxi squad, he saw limited action, but Ohlman made the most of it, hitting .290/.476/.774 with four home runs in 10 games.
Ohlman, the Orioles' No. 10 prospect, is back in the desert this fall as a full-time member of the roster. He is joined by six other O's on Glendale's roster.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Make way for the next generation.
Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have three finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards announced on Thursday morning, with shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones and right fielder Nick Markakis all up for the honor in their respective American League categories.
The awards, created in 1957, are determined by a survey of managers and coaches, which make up 75 percent of the voting, and the Society for Sabermetric Reasearch, which accounts for the other 25 percent. The winners will be revealed during a special awards show on ESPN2 on November 4 at 7 p.m. ET.
BALTIMORE -- It was clear when the Orioles' season officially ended Wednesday night that the typically stoic manager Buck Showalter was trying to keep his emotions in check. He wasn't alone. Baltimore's surprising run to its first American League East pennant since 1997 and subsequent AL Division Series sweep had the team -- and its fans -- riding high before the Royals turned the tables with a four-game sweep in the AL Championship Series.
The end, as Showalter had often warned reporters, would be heartbreaking for every club but the last one standing. But for this group in particular, an Orioles team that had weathered the loss of a trio of All-Stars in Matt Wieters, Manny Machado and Chris Davis, it was devastatingly quick.
The Orioles outrighted right-hander Steve Johnson to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday.
The 27-year-old went 0-3 with a 6.23 ERA in 17 starts between Norfolk, short-season Class A Aberdeen and the Gulf Coast Orioles this year.
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Second baseman Brian Roberts is retiring, according to The Baltimore Sun.
The 37-year-old Roberts spent 13 of his 14 Major League seasons with the Orioles, the team that drafted him in 1999. He spent this past year with the Yankees, playing 91 games before being released in August.
BALTIMORE -- While most of the baseball world watched in disbelief as Travis Ishikawa's walk-off home run on Thursday night sent the Giants to the World Series, Orioles manager Buck Showalter only found out from the sound of his son Nathan yelling in front of the TV.
"Watching it," Showalter said, "makes me ill."
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KANSAS CITY -- It was hard to absorb in the immediacy of the moment, the finality of the Orioles' season on Wednesday afternoon making it difficult to appreciate the team's whimsical -- and improbable -- run to the American League East title and AL Championship Series while missing a trio of All-Star players.
The Orioles had clung to the belief all series -- all season, really -- that they could defy the odds, and Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Royals in Game 4 of the ALCS was a stinging end to that mantra as the royal blue-clad crowd celebrated Kansas City's first trip to the World Series since 1985.
A few more games like the ones Steven Moya has been having in the Arizona Fall League, and the young right fielder just may find himself helping solve some of his big league club's problems.
The Tigers, potentially in need of outfield help -- particularly of the left-handed-hitting variety -- are surely liking what they've seen from the 23-year-old Moya, who stayed hot on Saturday night with a 2-for-4 performance for Glendale.
KANSAS CITY -- Buck Showalter left Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night extremely proud of his team, yet shy of the World Series appearance that has eluded him in all 16 seasons of a fine managerial career.
But Showalter, 58, hardly looked or sounded like a man nearing the end. He is the manager of an Orioles team headed in a clear upward direction, and one that appears fully capable of getting to the World Series in the next few years.
KANSAS CITY -- In the end, they were extras, background artists in this postseason's made-for-Hollywood story. You'll see them in whatever DVD or Blu-ray highlight film comes out of this Royals' ride. They'll be the guys in orange and black, circumvented by circumstance, foiled by flair, mystified by magic.
Don't blame the Orioles for losing this American League Championship Series. Just acknowledge that timing is everything, and they, like the Angels and A's before them, were simply on the wrong side of history.
KANSAS CITY -- A sweep in a postseason series typically means that one team dominated another. Then there was the 2014 American League Championship Series, in which all four games hung in the balance until the final pitch.
It is no exaggeration to say that Baltimore came "O" so close to winning all four games, only to lose them all to the World Series-bound Royals.
KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles' season officially ended Wednesday, and with it, the immediacy of free agency looms for a Baltimore club that will look to build on a 96-win season and its first American League Championship Series appearance in 17 years.
There are also some tough decisions to make. Having already locked up shortstop J.J. Hardy to a three-year, $40 million contract extension, the Orioles have two key players set to file for free agency in outfielder Nelson Cruz and reliever Andrew Miller. There's also the inevitable case of Nick Markakis, who has a $17.5 million mutual option for 2015 that the club will decline in hopes of working out a more affordable multiyear deal.
KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles will have plenty of time to reflect on a memorable season that came to a sudden end in the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night. But one thing was clear after a 2-1 loss in Game 4 at Kauffman Stadium: the O's had nothing but respect for the way the Royals played throughout the four-game sweep.
"They made great plays when they needed them," said right fielder Nick Markakis. "They kept us out of big innings. Pitching and defense they say wins, and they did a good job of both this series."
Q. How long does it take for the disappointment to kind of fade for you to be able to sit back and appreciate what you guys accomplished this year?
BUCK SHOWALTER: Probably, I don't know, I'll let you know when it fades. What do you think? I don't know. It's disappointing and frustrating ‑‑ not frustrating, but disappointing for our guys and our fans. It's not something ‑‑ it's not like something we didn't do; it was more of what they did. And it wasn't like somebody wanted it more than somebody else.
KANSAS CITY -- Miguel Gonzalez delivered a solid start in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night, but like just about everything else for the Orioles in this series, things didn't quite go as planned.
Pitching for the first time in 16 days, Gonzalez went 5 2/3 innings to give the O's their longest outing by a starting pitcher in the ALCS. But the end result was the same, as Baltimore fell to the Royals, 2-1, at Kauffman Stadium to complete a four-game sweep that eliminated Baltimore from the postseason.
KANSAS CITY -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will finish out his 25-game suspension by missing Opening Day next season.
Davis, who was with the team at Kauffman Stadium, declined to speak to a group of reporters following Baltimore's season-ending 2-1 loss to the Royals in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday.
The Royals clinched their first World Series berth in 29 years on Wednesday as they finished off their American League Championship Series sweep of the Orioles with a 2-1 victory in Game 4 at Kauffman Stadium.
Not only did the win send the Royals to the Fall Classic, but it was already the 14th one-run game league-wide this postseason, setting a new single-postseason record.
KANSAS CITY -- Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie made a surprise appearance in the interview room on Wednesday afternoon, a few hours before Game 4 of the American League Championship Series from Kauffman Stadium, to apologize for the T-shirt he wore on the same dais about 14 hours earlier.
After the Royals' Game 3 win on Tuesday night, Guthrie donned a shirt that read "These O's Ain't Royal," a reference to a provocative hip-hop song and a statement that angered fans of an Orioles team down 3-0 in the best-of-seven series.
KANSAS CITY -- Jarrod Dyson's mouth often runs as fast as his legs, so his comments regarding Orioles third baseman Ryan Flaherty's supposed knee drop in Tuesday's Game 3 remained a hot topic Wednesday, though he downplayed them when asked about the incident again.
"I don't know what he was doing, I guess he was just playing baseball," Dyson said of Flaherty on Wednesday. "I ain't worried about it."
KANSAS CITY -- By narrowly losing three straight tense contests in the American League Championship Series, the Orioles have left themselves with no choice but to reel off their eighth four-game winning streak of 2014.
If they fall short of that, the goal of giving the city of Baltimore its first World Series since 1983 will be history.
KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles finally took their first lead of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday night and looked poised to take some of the momentum back from the Royals, who held a commanding series lead after two games. But Baltimore never got that far, wasting several early chances and again falling victim to dazzling defense and a Kansas City club that never stops putting the ball in play in a 2-1 Game 3 loss that puts the O's on the brink of elimination.
The O's, who swept the Tigers in the AL Division Series, continue to be baffled by a speedy Royals team and will have to do the near-impossible in winning four consecutive games to advance to the World Series. It can be done, but once again the Orioles find themselves backed into a corner by a red-hot Royals club seemingly incapable of doing anything wrong.
KANSAS CITY -- This will be perhaps manager Buck Showalter's toughest test. After cruising to a 96-win season, an American League East title and a sweep of the Tigers in the AL Division Series, Showalter's Orioles are down 3-0 to the Royals in the AL Championship Series.
"If we can get one under your belt and get a few things to work our way and make some things [happen], we feel like we can get it spinning the other way," Showalter said following Tuesday's 2-1 loss. Otherwise we shouldn't show up tomorrow.
KANSAS CITY -- Wei-Yin Chen gave the Orioles a chance to win their first game of the American League Championship Series, but the left-hander was the victim of some hard luck and bad breaks on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Chen allowed two runs on seven hits -- all singles -- over 5 1/3 innings, the deepest a Baltimore starter has pitched in the ALCS, but the O's didn't provide much run support in a 2-1 loss to the Royals in Game 3.