Davis gets therapeutic-use exemption for Adderall

Davis gets therapeutic-use exemption for Adderall

HANOVER, Md. -- During a recent golf outing in Texas, Orioles slugger Chris Davis told manager Buck Showalter that he has been approved for a therapeutic-use exemption for Adderall during the 2015 season.

Davis received a 25-game suspension on Sept. 25 for failing a second test for the drug. Davis reportedly previously had an exemption, but not in 2014. He missed the entirety of the Orioles' postseason and will be suspended through the first game of the '15 regular season.

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O's, reliever Wright reportedly agree to 1-year deal

O's, reliever Wright reportedly agree to 1-year deal

The Orioles reportedly have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent left-hander Wesley Wright, according to MASNsports.com. The Baltimore Sun reported that the deal is pending a physical. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Wright spent last season with the Cubs, pitching 48 1/3 innings across 58 appearances and posting a 3.17 ERA, 19 walks and 37 strikeouts. He held left-handed batters to zero extra-base hits and a .594 OPS.

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Current, former O's attend charitable holiday party

Showalter, Pearce and Bumbry among participants at 36th OriolesREACH event

Current, former O's attend charitable holiday party

HANOVER, Md. -- Even with the ever-changing complexion of his team, Orioles manager Buck Showalter can't find many reasons to complain. The past few days, in particular, have been exceptionally rewarding.

On Saturday, Showalter made the rounds at the Army-Navy Game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore with a college roommate.

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Orioles sign three to Minor League deals

Roe, Beal and Tuiasosopo add depth to Baltimore's farm system

Orioles sign three to Minor League deals

The Orioles added some depth to their organization on Tuesday, agreeing to Minor League deals with right-handers Chaz Roe and Jesse Beal, and outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo. The club did not announce whether any of the players would receive Spring Training invitations.

Roe, who turned 28 in October, made three relief appearances for the Yankees last season and gave up two earned runs in two innings. He made his Major League debut for the D-backs the year before, posting a 4.03 ERA over 22 1/3 relief innings, with 13 walks and 24 strikeouts.

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To fill right field, O's eye free agency or in-house move

Cuban outfield prospect Dariel Alvarez will get chance in Spring Training

To fill right field, O's eye free agency or in-house move

BALTIMORE -- The free-agent outfield landscape shifted this weekend, with Melky Cabrera agreeing to a three-year contract with the White Sox worth between $42 million and $43.5 million. While Baltimore had some interest in Cabrera, the club never made a significant run at the outfielder as the organization tries to plug holes with shorter-term deals.

The 30-year-old chose the deal that kept him closest to the East Coast.

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Orioles name Hudak director of public relations

The Orioles named Kristen Hudak director of public relations on Monday, and she will begin her duties with the club Dec. 29. In her new role, she will oversee the public relations department, including corporate communications, media relations, online communications, photography and team publications.

Hudak has spent more than three years at ESPN, most recently as a senior publicist working on the network's Major League Baseball coverage, including its Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts, Baseball Tonight studio show and the Home Run Derby.

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Quiet at Winter Meetings, O's have work to do

Duquette isn't panicking as Baltimore looks to fill holes on roster

Quiet at Winter Meetings, O's have work to do

SAN DIEGO -- The Orioles' brass prepared to leave California early Thursday afternoon with virtually the same to-do list they arrived with. Baltimore, which added a pair of players to the 40-man roster during the Rule 5 Draft, is still searching for outfield help, bullpen depth and another catcher.

Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said there were no plans for any moves on Thursday, but that free-agent signings could come to fruition as early as next week. As for the restless nature of the O's fan base, which watched an action-packed Winter Meetings around baseball -- and a flurry of activity from some of their American League East rivals already this winter -- Duquette isn't panicking.

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Orioles add two players in Rule 5 Draft

Orioles add two players in Rule 5 Draft

SAN DIEGO -- The Orioles added two pitchers to their 40-man Major League roster during Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, selecting right-hander Logan Verrett from the Mets' Triple-A affiliate and trading for Astros selection right-hander Jason Garcia.

Verrett was 11-5 with a 4.33 ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas last season, and it was widely speculated that he could be selected in the Rule 5 Draft. The Mets' third-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Verrett made 28 starts for Las Vegas and posted a 4.33 ERA over 162 innings, allowing 78 earned runs on 188 hits and 34 walks. He struck out 119.

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O's keeping lines of communication open

O's keeping lines of communication open

SAN DIEGO -- Dan Duquette's media session was pushed back 30 minutes on Wednesday afternoon, causing speculation about the club potentially working on a move, but when he did meet with the media in his room -- the team suite mysteriously occupied -- the only move he spoke of was an anticipated trade earlier in the day that would have netted some pitching had it gone through.

"We thought we were going to close a deal with a club, but it just didn't come together," Duquette, the club's executive vice president of baseball operations, said. "But we tried."

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Showalter doesn't want retooled O's to miss a beat

Showalter doesn't want retooled O's to miss a beat

SAN DIEGO -- No matter what the Orioles do in the next few days at the Winter Meetings, manager Buck Showalter conceded Tuesday that it's a tough task to keep the clubhouse chemistry following the departure of two key pieces of the 2014 club: Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis.

"I think one of my biggest challenges between now and the time we open up is not selling, but making sure our players feel like they have the same morale," Showalter said. "What comes first? Is it winning games or having that? Because there's nothing that takes the morale out of the team more than not playing good baseball or losing a lot of games. Best players in the world, best coaches in the world, best, in some cases, umpires in the world, there's such a fine line. We saw it last year, such a fine line between success and failure. And we've got some work to do."

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O's hope to leave Meetings with 'couple of players'

O's hope to leave Meetings with 'couple of players'

SAN DIEGO -- Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette didn't have much for reporters Tuesday in his media session, but he did sound pretty optimistic something would get done before he leaves the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

"We should be able to get a couple of players before we leave here," Duquette said, noting once again that it's more likely the O's sign a free agent than make a trade.

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Jones, Reynolds host more than 300 youngsters at RBI clinic

Orioles CF and MLB Network host give youth in-depth look at hitting

Jones, Reynolds host more than 300 youngsters at RBI clinic

SAN DIEGO -- The field at Tony Gwynn Stadium was abuzz Tuesday night with sounds of more than 300 young ballplayers. As part of a youth clinic put on by Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), the kids, aged 6-13, raced through fielding drills in the outfield, took ground balls in the infield and showed off their hitting skills in the batting cages.

As Harold Reynolds and Adam Jones emerged onto the field on the campus of San Diego State University, the same thought ran through their heads:

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Orioles' auction items garnering numerous bids

Orioles' auction items garnering numerous bids

SAN DIEGO -- While all 30 Major League teams contribute prizes to the annual Winter Meetings auction, this year's event is a little extra special for the Baltimore Orioles.

In that respect, it's heartening to see that this club specifically has shot to the top of the heap in terms of offers pouring in from its fanbase.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

J. Upton not likely as Orioles seek outfield help

Duquette focusing on club's roster, not job rumors

J. Upton not likely as Orioles seek outfield help

SAN DIEGO -- The Orioles' main priority at the Winter Meetings is adding an outfielder -- preferably a left-handed bat -- and the club continued to strategize and move in the right direction toward making that happen Monday.

"I think these free-agent possibilities are going to come into play, into focus a little quicker than the trade possibilities," said executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who said the Orioles had four of five conversations Monday afternoon with plans for several more.

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O's honor Barlow in MLB.com Auction for LUNGevity

O's honor Barlow in MLB.com Auction for LUNGevity

SAN DIEGO -- Monica Barlow would have been livid that she was the center of attention Monday afternoon, though she might have taken solace in the fact that members of every Major League Baseball public relations department were wearing the Orioles' orange and black.

For the third year in a row, MLB PR has partnered to raise money and awareness for cancer research through unique experiences involving current and former players. This year, though, it's incredibly personal for the Orioles, who lost Barlow to Stage IV lung cancer in February. The passing of Barlow, the former director of Baltimore's PR, was felt throughout the baseball community and it was an easy choice for MLB to partner with LUNGevity -- the largest national lung cancer-focused non-profit -- for this year's charitable MLB.com Auction.

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Barnes claimed off waivers by Rangers

SAN DIEGO -- The Orioles announced Monday that left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes was claimed off waivers by the Rangers.

Barnes was acquired for cash considerations from the Indians on Nov. 26, and his departure puts the Orioles' 40-man roster at 39.

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Richard Justice

Orioles have earned benefit of the doubt

Orioles have earned benefit of the doubt

Given all the success the Orioles had the last three seasons, they've earned the benefit of the doubt. In the end, it's that simple.

Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter have overseen a remarkable rebirth of this franchise. Along the way they've awakened a great baseball town, with attendance at Camden Yards soaring 40 percent since 2011.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duquette reportedly being considered for Blue Jays' post

O's executive VP candidate to be Toronto's next CEO/team president

Duquette reportedly being considered for Blue Jays' post

SAN DIEGO -- Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who has won two Executive of the Year Awards this winter, is a strong candidate to become the Blue Jays' next CEO and team president, according to a report from ESPN.com on Sunday morning.

"I'm with the Orioles. I'm here to represent the Orioles at the meetings. Other than that, I have nothing to add," Duquette, signed through 2018, said on MLB Network Radio. "I do have a contract and I've always honored my contract."

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Showalter named top manager by Baseball America

Orioles skipper takes home publication's honor for second time in three years

Showalter named top manager by Baseball America

A quarter century after Buck Showalter won Baseball America's first Minor League Manager of the Year Award, he's now a two-time winner of the big league version. The publication named the Orioles skipper as its Major League Manager of the Year for the second time in three years.

In a year when the balance of power turned in the American League East, Showalter led the O's to their first division title since 1997 and their first playoff series win in the same stretch, sweeping the Tigers out of the AL Division Series in dominant fashion.

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Duquette shares insight, stories of past

Duquette shares insight, stories of past

BALTIMORE -- Dan Duquette, Baltimore's executive vice president of baseball operations, went to Dempsey's Brew Pub just outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Thursday accompanied by family and some of his children's friends. They were sort of a human shield, he joked, as he answered questions from fans as part of a charity event just a day after outfielder Nick Markakis, the longest-tenured Oriole, signed a contract to join the Braves.

The joke, made with his dry sense of humor, set the tone for an hour-long question-and-answer session that gave him an opportunity to explain some of the club's recent decisions and shed light on his thought process and decision-making.

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Markakis parts ways with O's by joining Braves

Free-agent outfielder agrees to four-year deal with hometown club

Markakis parts ways with O's by joining Braves

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles lost a key cornerstone of their organization on Wednesday night, as Nick Markakis -- who had been their longest-tenured active player-- agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the Atlanta Braves.

Markakis, who spent the past nine years with the O's, was a quiet team leader who had made his year-round home in nearby Monkton, Md. Together with wife Christina, the Markakis' were a huge part of the Baltimore community and the departure of the popular 31-year-old -- and the Orioles' first-round pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft -- leaves quite a hole in right field.

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Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Duke's Matuella, 2014 top pick Aiken follow Florida high school infielder on Top 50 list

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

For the second time in their history, the Arizona Diamondbacks own the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The first time that happened, in 2005, they took a high school shortstop with a potent bat.

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Unlike Upton, who immediately moved to the outfield as a professional, Rodgers should remain at shortstop.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles tender contracts to 11 eligible players

Orioles tender contracts to 11 eligible players

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles tendered contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players in advance of Tuesday's 11:59 p.m. ET deadline, a group that includes first baseman Chris Davis and outfielder Alejandro De Aza.

The other nine arbitration-eligibles are Matt Wieters, Steve Pearce, Bud Norris, Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez, Ryan Flaherty and Zach Britton. The group is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to make nearly $57 million in combined salary, a sizable chunk that will account for several prominent raises.

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Baseball America tabs Duquette as Executive of Year

Baseball America tabs Duquette as Executive of Year

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has been named Executive of the Year by Baseball America.

Duquette helped orchestrate the Baltimore club that went 96-66 en route to the American League East title, the club's first division title since 1997. The O's beat the Tigers in the AL Division Series before falling in four games to the Royals in the AL Championship Series.

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Cruz moves on for four-year deal with Mariners

Cruz moves on for four-year deal with Mariners

BALTIMORE -- Nelson Cruz is off the free-agent market, agreeing to a four-year, $57 million contract with the Mariners, a source confirmed on Monday.

The deal, pending a physical, means the Orioles will get a Draft pick as compensation for losing Cruz, who declined Baltimore's $15.3 million qualifying offer last month.

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Richard Justice

Despite Jays' moves, O's still on top in AL East rankings

Every team capable of claiming one of most competitive divisions

Despite Jays' moves, O's still on top in AL East rankings

How about the fun they're having in the American League East? Hats off to the Red Sox and Blue Jays for getting things started. And that's what it was -- a start. That's because every team still has significant work to do.

That's especially true of the Yankees, who are shopping for a shortstop, third baseman, closer and starting pitcher. Say this for the Bronx Bombers: they've stayed the course, even as the Red Sox and Blue Jays have made a string of impressive acquisitions.

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O's Werner thankful for support during cancer battle

Catching coordinator inspired by calls from Joseph and Co. while going through treatment

O's Werner thankful for support during cancer battle

BALTIMORE -- When the Orioles made a trip down to Arlington this summer, rookie catcher Caleb Joseph was more excited about who would be coming to Rangers Ballpark than playing in the stadium for the first time.

He had it all planned out. He'd leave the tickets for friend and mentor Don Werner and finally be able to catch up with the highly respected Minor League catching instructor, who had been taking to Joseph on nearly a nightly basis since he was promoted May 7 in the wake of Matt Wieters' season-ending injury. But it never happened that way. Werner, diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in Spring Training, was worse off than Joseph and most of the organization realized, confined to his home because his white blood count was so low he was an infection risk.

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O's acquire lefty Barnes from Indians for cash

O's acquire lefty Barnes from Indians for cash

The Indians traded left-hander Scott Barnes to the Orioles for cash considerations on Wednesday, with Baltimore also signing infielder Rey Navarro to a Major League contract.

"Barnes has a good arm and a sharp slider that he uses to get out both left- and right-handed hitters," said executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. "Navarro is a switch-hitting infielder who our scouts like at second base, who has good on-base skills and developing power."

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Inbox: Will the O's trade Ubaldo this offseason?

Beat reporter Brittany Ghiroli answers fans' questions

Inbox: Will the O's trade Ubaldo this offseason?

BALTIMORE -- What's the deal with Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz? Why haven't the Orioles made any moves yet?
-- Chris R., Columbia, Md.

Markakis' new deal looked to be close to being done earlier this winter, but talks have stalled and there's nothing imminent on him or Cruz returning to Baltimore. Markakis is still the clear favorite to be back in orange and black, but the O's chances with Cruz were definitely helped by Detroit re-signing Victor Martinez to take a potential big-pocketbook suitor off the board.

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Source: O's hitting coach Presley reassigned

BALTIMORE -- Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley will not return to his role in 2015, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Personal reasons have prompted his reassignment within the organization.

Presley, signed through next season, will have a less time-consuming role, though it's unknown what exactly he will do for Baltimore. Presley, who turned 53 last month, has been with the Orioles since 2011, and his reassignment was first reported by the Baltimore Sun.

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