O's settle with Machado, Britton, four others

O's settle with Machado, Britton, four others

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles avoided arbitration hearings with six players on Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts with infielders Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop and Ryan Flaherty, and pitchers Zach Britton, T.J. McFarland and Chris Tillman.

In addition, they exchanged salary figures with Brad Brach, Caleb Joseph and Kevin Gausman. An independent arbitrator will look at each case this spring.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Watch HOF announcement coverage live, 5 ET Wednesday

Watch HOF announcement coverage live, 5 ET Wednesday

NEW YORK -- Wednesday is the big day. The National Baseball Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2017, selected in a vote last month by the eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

As many as five candidates -- and possibly six -- could be elected according to the public ballots amassed online, with Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell looking all but certain, plus Ivan Rodriguez, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman hovering around the 75 percent threshold. Even Edgar Martinez has made huge gains from last year and is within reach of election.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tillman focused on now, not stressing future

Showalter: Pending free agent's 'biggest thing right now is getting ready to pitch' for O's

Tillman focused on now, not stressing future

BALTIMORE -- Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman was at this week's minicamp, taking time -- despite not being part of the actual camp roster -- to watch some of the younger pitchers and check in with the team at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.

Tillman -- who lives in Sarasota, Fla. -- talked with some of the youngsters, did some fishing and seemed to genuinely enjoy being around the team. O's manager Buck Showalter noted that he feels confident Tillman, last year's Opening Day starter, will be in a good spot physically to start the 2017 season.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New coach McDowell builds 'foundation' at minicamp

Bullpen coach Mills also enjoys meeting with O's pitchers

New coach McDowell builds 'foundation' at minicamp

SARASOTA, Fla. -- When he got the job as the Orioles' pitching coach in November, Roger McDowell reached out to every pitcher on the 40-man roster. This week, he was able to see a dozen of Baltimore's hurlers up close and personal at the organization's annual spring minicamp.

"When Spring Training rolls around, we already have the foundation with those guys who have a chance to be in Baltimore," said McDowell, who along with new bullpen coach Alan Mills met with each O's pitcher during the three-day camp. "I think it's very important for us to start that foundation … not only me getting to know them, but them getting to know me as well."

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's tab 7 non-roster invitees, plan to add

Showalter indicates additions coming as minicamp comes to close

O's tab 7 non-roster invitees, plan to add

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles' Major League Spring Training roster is at 47 players, with Baltimore extending invitations to the following non-roster players: outfielders Chris Dickerson, Logan Schafer and David Washington; catchers Audry Perez, Austin Wynns and Chance Sisco; and right-handed pitcher Richard Rodriguez.

While the O's have been fairly quiet recently, there are expectations that they will add more players -- specifically infielders and pitching -- before camp begins next month.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's next splash could be Machado mega deal

O's next splash could be Machado mega deal

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles have made the bulk of their moves late in the winter in recent offseasons, though one move would catapult Baltimore's winter to historic heights: a long-term contract for Manny Machado.

Would it be bold? Yes. Will it happen? Right now, almost certainly not.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

At minicamp, Givens gearing up for Classic

Orioles reliever excited to play for Team USA again

At minicamp, Givens gearing up for Classic

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Reliever Mychal Givens is at the Orioles' three-day minicamp at the club's Spring Training complex, though the right-hander will not do any official throwing as he prepares to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic in March.

"I'm pretty committed," Givens said of his decision. "I talked to [Team USA general manager] Joe Torre. He pretty much gave me the invite after Thanksgiving. Talked to him, talked to [Team USA manager Jim] Leyland, and I'm pretty comfortable in how they're going to use me and not overuse me. I still have a season to get ready for."

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Out since '15, prospect Kline nears return

Recovering from Tommy John surgery, O's righty happy with 'pen sessions

Out since '15, prospect Kline nears return

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles prospect Branden Kline, who had Tommy John surgery in October 2015, is expected to have a normal Spring Training, and the organization is optimistic he can began the season at Double-A Bowie.

Kline, a Frederick, Md., native who was the O's second-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, threw a bullpen session Tuesday as part of the team's minicamp at Ed Smith Stadium, and he is encouraged with how things are going.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.

The following are the first Spring Training workout dates, subject to change, both for pitchers and catchers and full squads of the 30 Major League clubs. 

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Wright at O's minicamp, aims to right wrongs

Showalter pleased with acquisitions of Smith, Castillo

Wright at O's minicamp, aims to right wrongs

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles opened their annual minicamp, a three-day session featuring about 20 players -- mainly Minor League pitchers -- on Monday morning at their Spring Training facility.

Here are a few Day 1 highlights:

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's may decide Draft pick trumps Trumbo

Reigning MLB home run leader declined Baltimore's qualifying offer

O's may decide Draft pick trumps Trumbo

The Orioles haven't ruled out re-signing slugger Mark Trumbo, but general manager Dan Duquette told ESPN's Jim Bowden on Sunday the club would rather gain the first-round Draft pick tied to Trumbo should he sign elsewhere.

Trumbo declined the O's qualifying offer after hitting .256 with 47 home runs and 108 RBIs in 2016, but he has yet to sign this winter as part of a loaded first base/corner outfield free-agent market. The A's, Mariners, Rangers, Rockies and Indians all have been linked to the slugger at some point and the Orioles were close to signing him a a four-year, $50 million deal in December before that fell through.

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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.

O's get OF Smith for Gallardo in swap with M's

O's get OF Smith for Gallardo in swap with M's

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles crossed off one of their major to-do list items on Friday morning, trading for left-handed-hitting outfielder Seth Smith from the Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Yovani Gallardo and cash considerations.

The move makes sense for Baltimore, as it would have entered Spring Training with six candidates for five rotation spots. Gallardo was one of three Orioles -- along with Ubaldo Jimenez and Wade Miley -- in a contract year in 2017.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reports: O's add righty Stewart from KBO

Reports: O's add righty Stewart from KBO

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have reportedly signed right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart out of the Korea Baseball Organization, according to reports Thursday morning out of South Korea.

The club has not confirmed the deal.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles leaning on Gausman to boost rotation

Righty notched strong second half in 2016, going 8-6 with 3.10 ERA

Orioles leaning on Gausman to boost rotation

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles are hoping their rotation can be better in 2017. Kevin Gausman is a big reason why.

Gausman took a big step forward in the second half of last season, going 8-6 with a 3.10 ERA in 15 starts after the All-Star break. The righty, who turns 26 on Friday, had a career-high 30 starts and nine wins in 2016, and he will be relied on heavily this year to keep the rotation in check.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Core group to shape Orioles' success in 2017

Veteran returnees will be key as club looks to fill in roster this offseason

Core group to shape Orioles' success in 2017

BALTIMORE -- What to make of baseball next year in Baltimore?

The Orioles will return the core of their rotation, All-Star closer Zach Britton and third baseman Manny Machado, who is coming off a career year. The club has a ridiculously good bullpen, but big question marks in the outfield and a lineup heavy on power and strikeouts.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Source: O's, Montero agree to Minors deal

Source: O's, Montero agree to Minors deal

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have agreed to a Minor League deal with Jesus Montero, according to a source, though he will be ineligible for the first part of the season. The club has not confirmed the deal.

The catcher-turned-first baseman, who spent last year with Toronto's Triple-A Buffalo team, was suspended 50 games after testing positive for a stimulant, his second penalty for a banned substance. Because the suspension was announced in September after the Minor League season was over, it will begin in 2017.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles powered way to postseason in 2016

Slugging offense, Britton anchoring 'pen yielded success, Wild Card berth

Orioles powered way to postseason in 2016

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles exceeded external expectations in 2016. Inside the O's clubhouse, there were expectations of a deep postseason run and proving everyone else wrong.

But despite falling short of the goal of October glory -- Baltimore suffered a tough season-ending loss to division-rival Toronto in the American League Wild Card Game -- the O's had another winning season in 2016 and left with plenty to be proud of. There were numerous AL All-Stars, guys who had career years, and a ridiculous power display that had the ability to wow all of baseball on any given night.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: What's likelihood of Trumbo returning?

Orioles beat reporter Brittany Ghiroli answers questions from fans

Inbox: What's likelihood of Trumbo returning?

With most teams in a lull, off to celebrate the holidays, it's a perfect time to delve into your questions and do one final Inbox this year.

What are the chances of Mark Trumbo returning?
-- Matt C., Catonsville, Md.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

The Hall of Fame Case: Melvin Mora

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The Hall of Fame Case: Melvin Mora

The likes of Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines -- and even first-timers like Vladimir Guerrero or Pudge Rodriguez -- shouldn't have too much trouble racking up National Baseball Hall of Fame votes. But there are plenty of other players on the 2017 ballot who require a little more voter-cajoling. Players that may not have the on-field resume, but deserve an impassioned Hall of Fame case nonetheless. Players like …

Melvin Mora.

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Most amazing American League games of 2016

Most amazing American League games of 2016

The Indians came thisclose to bringing a World Series title home to their fans and to the American League after an amazing 2016 season. Taking the Chicago Cubs to the 10th inning of the seventh game of the Fall Classic was just about as memorable as it gets.

But the Indians were one of 15 teams in the AL, and each one had its own Game of the Year. In consultation with the MLB.com beat reporters for every team, here are the best individual games for each AL club during another fantastic year in Major League Baseball:

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sharing joy part of O's holiday highlights

Sharing joy part of O's holiday highlights

BALTIMORE -- Caleb Joseph, one of the Orioles' most outgoing personalities, arrived all smiles at the 38th annual OriolesREACH Holiday Party for kids at Dave & Buster's.

Joseph has been using the offseason to play another role, that of dad, and the O's catcher was gearing up for the second Christmas with his son, Walker.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wilson preparing for 'whatever role' will aid O's

Righty appreciates competition within team, feels experience from last season will be valuable

Wilson preparing for 'whatever role' will aid O's

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have six starting pitchers competing for five spots. That's good news for the O's, as it will foster competition and give manager Buck Showalter some depth. But it makes fitting in a guy like Tyler Wilson a little tricky.

The 27-year-old Wilson went 4-6 with a 5.27 ERA in 24 games (13 starts) for Baltimore this past season. In parts of two seasons, the right-hander is 6-8 with a 4.78 ERA in 33 games (18 starts).

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O'Day hopes O's keep strong 'pen together

O'Day hopes O's keep strong 'pen together

BALTIMORE -- If this offseason has shown anything so far, it's that it's a pretty good time to be a reliever. And the Orioles are in the fortunate spot of already having an enviable bullpen, which includes plenty of arms other teams covet.

Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette admitted as much at the Winter Meetings, adding that the 'pen is a strength he'd like to see remain so. Guys like Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Mychal Givens have all drawn interest and -- should they continue to perform at a high level -- the O's relief corps could be even better in 2017.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's finalize deal with 'key addition' Castillo

Duquette: 'He gives us a veteran catcher with a lot of experience'

O's finalize deal with 'key addition' Castillo

BALTIMORE -- It's time for a new wave of catching in Baltimore.

Although longtime O's backstop Matt Wieters is on the free-agent market, the Orioles went in another direction: signing Welington Castillo to a one-year deal for next season with a player option for 2018.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Davis family teams up with Md. kids' hospital

Couple will be ambassadors, help raise awareness for pediatric illnesses

Davis family teams up with Md. kids' hospital

BALTIMORE -- When he signed a club-record seven-year, $161 million contract this past January, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis referenced wanting to do more in the community. He made good on that promise Tuesday, as he and his wife, Jill, announced a new partnership with the University of Maryland Children's Hospital (UMCH).

The Davis family will serve as ambassadors for UMCH, helping to raise awareness for childhood illnesses and UMCH's role as a leader in patient care and pediatric disease research and teaching future generations of health care providers.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Righty reliever Ondrusek sticks with O's

Veteran signs one-year deal; 40-man roster at 39

Righty reliever Ondrusek sticks with O's

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles re-signed right-hander Logan Ondrusek, the team announced Tuesday morning.

The move, which leaves the 40-man roster at 39, gives the O's more pitching depth and brings back a familiar face. The 31-year-old Ondrusek, who had his option declined by Baltimore in early November, inked a one-year Major League deal that includes a club option for 2018.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's sign ex-Expo Tomo Ohka to Minors deal

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O's sign ex-Expo Tomo Ohka to Minors deal

Last time we checked in, former Major Leaguer Tomo Ohka spent 2014 pitching for the independent Bridgeport Bluefish after his attempt at an MLB comeback as a knuckleballer (!) for the Blue Jays sputtered out in Spring Training. But now he's ready for MLB comeback attempt No. 2: On Thursday, the Orioles reportedly signed the former Expo to a Minor League contract.

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O's believe Kim primed for sustained success

O's believe Kim primed for sustained success

After a rocky 2016 Spring Training and refusing to accept an outright to the Minor Leagues, Hyun Soo Kim emerged as a fan favorite and held his own in his rookie year in the Major Leagues. And while the Orioles continue to search for upgrades to their outfield and seek to improve their defense and add a left-handed bat, Kim could be poised for an even better 2017.

"I think about all the things that challenged him last year that are not going to challenge him this year, and we talk about guys that could go to another level, I think he's got that potential," manager Buck Showalter said of Kim, who started just four games in April before ultimately batting .302/.382/.420 in 95 games.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.