Davis discusses his suspension for the first time

Davis discusses his suspension for the first time

BALTIMORE -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis wants people to know he didn't take Adderall for an edge at the plate. Davis, who spoke for nearly 10 minutes on Saturday at FanFest for the first time since he received a 25-game suspension on Sept. 12 for violating baseball's drug policy, called taking the drug "a moment of weakness" he deeply regrets.

"I obviously wasn't thinking about the big picture, it was a mistake that I wish I could go back and undo," said Davis, who was suspended because it was his second failed drug test. "It's something that should have been addressed in the past, but obviously I didn't take the right steps."

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Wieters, Machado expect to be ready for Opening Day

Catcher planning light spring to prepare for season; third baseman a full go

Wieters, Machado expect to be ready for Opening Day

BALTIMORE -- If everything goes according to plan, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters believes he will be ready for Opening Day.

Wieters, who had season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in early June, has been throwing from up to 150 feet, and he said that everything has gone the way doctors anticipated so far.

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O's hurlers Bundy, Harvey fly into Top 100

Former first-round Draft pick ranked 20th overall prospect; fellow righty is No. 39

O's hurlers Bundy, Harvey fly into Top 100

BALTIMORE -- Two promising young Orioles pitchers were named to MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list on Friday night, with both Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey cracking the top half of the rankings released live on MLB Network.

Bundy was ranked at No. 20, while Harvey was No. 39.

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Duquette acknowledges Jays rumors, focused on O's

Though Toronto keeping CEO, O's VP wanted to be honest with fans

BALTIMORE -- Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette addressed season-ticket holders this morning at the club's annual FanFest convention, and he acknowledged there had been some substance to the Toronto rumors, though his "sole and singular focus" is on improving the Orioles.

"I thought it was important for Orioles fans to know that," said Duquette, who was coveted by Toronto for its CEO position.

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Orioles, Pearce reach agreement to avoid arbitration

Orioles, Pearce reach agreement to avoid arbitration

The Orioles avoided arbitration with first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce on Friday by agreeing to a one-year deal. The deal, reported to be for $3.7 million, leaves the Orioles with three pending arbitration cases.

Pearce, who will turn 32 in April, gets a raise from $700,000 after a breakout 2014 season in which he batted .293/.373/.556 with 21 home runs and 49 RBIs in 102 games. In 290 games spread over the previous seven seasons, he had produced a .694 OPS and 17 homers for four different clubs.

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Dream Week unites Orioles fans, legends

Annual fantasy camp an opportunity for participants to mingle with their heroes

Dream Week unites Orioles fans, legends

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A fantasy camp like this is usually thought of as a treat for the participants. They pay for the chance to get out of the office, soak in the warm Florida weather and hang out every day with a few of their childhood baseball heroes.

But make no mistake, the Orioles' Dream Week is every bit as much fun for the Baltimore legends who serve as coaches and instructors.

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Mentality, tools make Snider good fit for O's

Recently acquired outfielder ready to fill whatever role club has in mind for him

Mentality, tools make Snider good fit for O's

BALTIMORE -- Travis Snider will be the first to admit that his parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues have been a learning experience.

"Early in my career, I was young and immature, there were a lot of things in baseball I wasn't able to process," Snider said in a conference call Friday. "I allowed the distractions to take away from the focus of getting better every single day."

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Richard Justice

Don't count out underdog Orioles in AL East

Defending division champions specialize in defying expectations

Don't count out underdog Orioles in AL East

When Orioles manager Buck Showalter accepted the 2014 American League Manager of the Year Award last week, he offered a unique perspective.

"This really is for the manager of the team that wins more games than it's supposed to win," Showalter said.

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Orioles acquire Snider in trade with Pirates

Outfielder joins Baltimore outfield; lefty prospect Tarpley to Pittsburgh

Orioles acquire Snider in trade with Pirates

The Orioles, who have lost Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz to free agency during a mostly quiet offseason, moved to bolster their outfield by acquiring Travis Snider from the Pirates on Tuesday night. Left-handed pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley was sent to Pittsburgh in the deal, which also includes a player to be named.

Snider, a left-handed hitter who turns 27 next week, is coming off his best season in the Major Leagues. In 140 games for the Bucs, he hit .264/.338/.438 with 13 home runs and a career-high 38 RBIs.

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Garcia, Gausman, Alvarez bring intrigue to O's camp

Right-handers, outfielder could play key roles in 2015 if they step up in spring

Garcia, Gausman, Alvarez bring intrigue to O's camp

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles haven't had a busy offseason, but with Spring Training approaching, the storyline will shift from who the club should add to who is having a strong camp.

Baltimore is relying on the return of its core -- and the health of Matt Wieters and Manny Machado -- to help offset the loss of Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis. There's also the hope that Chris Davis, who will finish his suspension Opening Day, will have a bounceback year.

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Lyle Spencer

WAR figures show O's among best outfields

Angels, Marlins also among top units, according to the metrics

WAR figures show O's among best outfields

A case can be made that the Royals' Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain form the best defensive outfield in Major League history. Factoring in offense, the world of analytics narrowly favors Kansas City's outfield over those of the Angels and Marlins.

Using WAR available at FanGraphs, I calculated the top 10 outfields in MLB -- three starters and one backup -- based on 2014 performance. The Royals' four outfielders -- with Alex Rios replacing Nori Aoki for 2015 -- had a combined 14.8 WAR last year, which would give them the top outfield in MLB. Completing the top 10 outfields, with one reserve included, are the Angels (14.6), Marlins (14.5), Orioles (13.6), Cardinals (13.0), Pirates (12.8), Giants (10.9), Dodgers (10.5), Tigers (9.8) and Nationals (9.3).

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Norris, Flaherty sign one-year deals with Orioles

Norris, Flaherty sign one-year deals with Orioles

The Orioles agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Bud Norris and infielder Ryan Flaherty on Monday, avoiding arbitration with two of their six remaining arbitration-eligible players.

Norris will make $8.8 million, while Flaherty will make $1.075 million, a source told MLB.com.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's sign Parmelee, De La Rosa to Minors deals

First baseman/outfielder, right-hander both get invitations to Spring Training

O's sign Parmelee, De La Rosa to Minors deals

The Orioles signed first baseman/outfielder Chris Parmelee and right-hander Dane De La Rosa to Minor League contracts on Monday. Both also received invitations to Spring Training.

The Twins selected Parmelee with the 20th overall pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, and he enjoyed a strong Major League debut in '11. The left-handed batter split time between Minnesota and Triple-A Rochester in each of the past three seasons, posting an overall line of .249/.317/.392 for the Twins.

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Jonathan Mayo

Walker No. 7 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

Bucs' Bell leads list, followed by A's Olson, Yanks' Bird

Walker No. 7 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

As has become an annual occurrence, the list of top first basemen lacks a bit in the elite prospect department. But there is good news: There are two players on this list on this year's Top 100: Josh Bell of the Pirates and Matt Olson of the A's. That doubles the total from the 2014 preseason list.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's land Minor League lefty Rodriguez from Braves

O's land Minor League lefty Rodriguez from Braves

The Orioles acquired left-handed pitcher Daniel Rodriguez from the Braves on Friday in exchange for cash considerations.

Rodriguez, who has not yet pitched in the Majors, spent last season at Triple-A Gwinnett, appearing in 29 games (21 starts). In 125 innings, he posted a 5.04 ERA, walked 49 batters and struck out 111. He fared much better against left-handed batters, holding them to a .241/.308/.345 line.

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O's reportedly bring back righty Johnson on Minors deal

O's reportedly bring back righty Johnson on Minors deal

The Orioles have reportedly come to an agreement on a one-year Minor League deal with reliever Steve Johnson, according to a report from MASN. The pact includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training. The team has not confirmed the reported agreement.

The 27-year-old Baltimore native appeared in 21 games for the O's between 2012-13, compiling a 5-1 record and a 3.67 ERA. He underwent surgery early this fall to remove a bone spur from his right shoulder and has been playing catch without pain, according to the report, which also mentioned the Phillies, Mariners and Blue Jays among other teams to express interest in Johnson.

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O's going with own script this offseason

Under Duquette, Baltimore tends toward strategic moves over blockbuster deals

O's going with own script this offseason

BALTIMORE -- The Nationals made a huge splash on the free-agent market by agreeing to a seven-year, $210 million deal with right-hander Max Scherzer on Sunday night. The move was bold and pricey. But don't expect their neighbors just up Interstate 95 to follow suit.

While Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said previously this offseason that the Nats wouldn't acquire a top starter without trading one of their current starters (which they haven't), Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has made it pretty clear that his club isn't going to add a big-name free-agent pitcher.

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Jonathan Mayo

Bundy No. 6 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 RHP Prospects list

Nats' Giolito leads list, followed by Mets' Syndergaard, Pirates' Glasnow

Bundy No. 6 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 RHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

There are always a ton of right-handed pitchers on our Top 100 list. The 2015 version is no different. All 10 on the list below are in the Top 100, and then some.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Recovery progressing smoothly for Webb, Harvey

Recovery progressing smoothly for Webb, Harvey

BALTIMORE -- In a little more than a month, the Orioles will report to Sarasota, Fla., to officially begin Spring Training, but the club got a head start of sorts with a three-day minicamp earlier this week.

The big news was third baseman Manny Machado targeting to be full-go when camp opens for position players. But the O's also got good news on reliever Ryan Webb and No. 2 prospect Hunter Harvey.

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Davis among four Orioles to avoid arbitration

Davis among four Orioles to avoid arbitration

The Orioles reached agreements on one-year contracts with first baseman Chris Davis, catcher Matt Wieters, right-hander Chris Tillman and left-hander Brian Matusz on Friday, according to multiple reports. The club has not confirmed the deals, which came before the 1 p.m. ET deadline to exchange salary figures with arbitration-eligible players.

Six others, including closer Zach Britton, remain on track to go to arbitration hearings in February. However, teams and players can and often do continue negotiating up until that point. Baltimore hasn't actually gone to a hearing since winning its case against pitcher Brad Bergesen in 2012.

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O's outright catcher Lavarnway to Triple-A

O's outright catcher Lavarnway to Triple-A

The Orioles outrighted Ryan Lavarnway to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday after the catcher cleared waivers.

It's been a tumultuous offseason for Lavarnway, who has been designated for assignment by four teams and claimed by three. He went from the Red Sox to the Dodgers to the Cubs and finally to the Orioles, who designated him last week to make room on the 40-man roster for Delmon Young. This time, no club claimed the 27-year-old, and he will remain in the Baltimore organization.

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Knees feeling 'great,' Machado ready for Spring Training

Third baseman taking things slowly, hopes to have normal regular season

Knees feeling 'great,' Machado ready for Spring Training

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Manny Machado arrived at Ed Smith Stadium complex Wednesday morning and greeted a few familiar faces in the Orioles' clubhouse. He walked out to the back fields, took batting practice and ran the bases. Afterward, he spoke excitedly about how long it's been since he's been so healthy.

So if Machado is at all concerned about being fully ready to start Spring Training despite a pair of surgically repaired knees, he isn't showing it.

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Showalter: Minicamp important to O's success

Showalter: Minicamp important to O's success

SARASOTA, Fla. -- After a few days of organized activity this week, the Ed Smith Stadium complex will be relatively empty until Spring Training gets underway in five weeks.

But manager Buck Showalter felt the Orioles got quite a bit out of this week's voluntary three-day minicamp. They saw third baseman Manny Machado check in with a healthy right knee, No. 1 prospect Dylan Bundy heading into a year with few restrictions, both Rule 5 Draft picks and a number of other young pitchers and catchers.

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Blue Jays, Orioles reportedly discussing Duquette deal

Status of Toronto's position of club president unclear

Blue Jays, Orioles reportedly discussing Duquette deal

TORONTO -- The ongoing story surrounding the Blue Jays' presidency took yet another twist on Wednesday when a report said the club has been engaged in talks with the Orioles about Dan Duquette. Neither club has commented on or confirmed the report.

According to FoxSports.com, the Orioles and Blue Jays have discussed a compensation package that would allow Duquette, currently the O's executive vice president of baseball operations, to become Toronto's president and chief executive officer.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duo confident O's can make up for key losses

Despite big names leaving via free agency, Tillman, Hunter expect club to succeed

Duo confident O's can make up for key losses

SARASOTA, Fla. -- After watching Nelson Cruz, Andrew Miller and Nick Markakis leave Baltimore as free agents, the Orioles obviously must replace their production on the field. But there is also a sense that their leadership may be missed as well.

The first part is going to require some work on everyone's behalf, according to right-handers Chris Tillman and Tommy Hunter. But the groundwork has already been laid for new leaders to step up.

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Hendrickson eyeing return to Majors with O's

Veteran left-hander working on deceptive sidearm delivery at minicamp

Hendrickson eyeing return to Majors with O's

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The idea of Mark Hendrickson pitching again in the Major Leagues might seem unlikely. He hasn't been in the bigs since 2011, and he spent last year pitching for the independent Atlantic League's York Revolution. There's no guarantee Hendrickson will even make it to Spring Training with the Orioles.

But Hendrickson, 40 years old, showed up for a tryout at the O's minicamp on Monday morning to keep chasing that dream.

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O's evaluate young, rehabbing arms at minicamp

No. 2 prospect Harvey, Tillman, Webb, Hunter in attendance for early work

O's evaluate young, rehabbing arms at minicamp

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A little more than a month before the start of Spring Training, there were Orioles pitchers throwing bullpen sessions and players working out on the back fields at Ed Smith Stadium.

The O's three-day minicamp, a chance for the club to evaluate some of its young pitchers, began on a rainy Monday morning. More than 20 pitchers were in attendance for a variety of reasons -- some recovering from injuries, others getting some work in with pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti, and a few more looking for a roster spot.

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Jones loses Ravens-Pats bet to Ortiz

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Jones loses Ravens-Pats bet to Ortiz

Adam Jones can't get enough of those sweet Ravens victories. After winning a bet against Andrew McCutchen last weekend, the Baltimore center fielder is looking for a Bostonian to take him on in the matter of Saturday's Ravens-Patriots game. He tried Big Papi. 

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Orioles return to FM on 105.7 The Fan

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles will return to FM radio in 2015, as the club announced Monday a new multiyear deal naming CBS Radio's 105.7 The Fan (WJZ-FM) its flagship station.

All 162 regular-season games, select Spring Training contests and extensive O's programming will be on 105.7 The Fan and across the seven-state, 34-station Orioles Radio Network beginning with the 2015 season.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles, Hunter avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

Orioles, Hunter avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

The Orioles and right-hander Tommy Hunter have agreed to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration, and according to The Associated Press, the deal is worth $4.65 million.

Hunter was a key part of Baltimore's bullpen last season, going 3-2 with 11 saves and a 2.97 ERA in 60 2/3 innings. He also struck out 45 batters, while walking just 12.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.