Duquette proud of O's, has high expectations

Executive VP of baseball operations shares thoughts on new season

Duquette proud of O's, has high expectations

SARASOTA -- With Presidents Day and the start of Spring Training so close together, MLB.com decided to take a look at the state of the Orioles in 2017. And who better for that than executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette?

Duquette, a two-time Sporting News Executive of the Year -- including in 2014 with the Orioles -- has been with Baltimore since November 2011.

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Breaking down the Orioles' Top 30 Prospects

12 of Baltimore's Top 30 Prospects are expected to arrive in 2017

Breaking down the Orioles' Top 30 Prospects

It was another successful year for the Orioles, who rattled off 89 wins, good for fourth in the American League, to reach the postseason for the third time in five years. But they were unable to advance past the Blue Jays in the AL Wild Card Game, as Edwin Encarnacion hit a dramatic walk-off home run off of Ubaldo Jimenez in the 11th inning to seal the Orioles' fate. But while the playoff loss may have been difficult to swallow for fans, how the Orioles got there offers plenty of optimism for the future.

After three injury-plagued seasons, Dylan Bundy emerged as a key part of the Orioles' rotation after beginning the season in the bullpen. Though he did wear down late in the year, Bundy showed the promise that had made him the No. 4 overall Draft pick in 2011, as well as the organization's top prospect in subsequent years.

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Orioles add lefty Nuno in trade with Dodgers

Orioles add lefty Nuno in trade with Dodgers

SARASOTA -- The Orioles added to their pitching depth on Sunday night, trading for left-hander Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers in exchange for Minor League right-hander Ryan Moseley.

The move, which saw the O's designate lefty T.J. McFarland for assignment to open up a 40-man roster spot, gives Baltimore another potential starting or relief option. Nuno, 29, went 1-1 with a 3.53 ERA and a 4.64 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 55 games, including one start, with the Mariners last season.

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Kim on 2017: 'Less pressure, more fun'

Outfielder focused offseason on learning 'American training and workouts'

Kim on 2017: 'Less pressure, more fun'

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Hyun Soo Kim sat quietly by his locker on Sunday morning. The Orioles' outfielder -- whose very presence last spring was a noteworthy event -- is enjoying being out of the limelight and being just another guy at the O's full-squad practice.

"I don't want to go back," Kim joked, in perfect English, of where things were this past year.

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Manny hopeful for eventual return to shortstop

AL Gold Glove Award winner at third may swap spots in Classic

Manny hopeful for eventual return to shortstop

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Manny Machado's World Baseball Classic positioning outlook is a lot like his long-term positioning outlook. Third base? Shortstop? We don't know where Machado will play, for certain.

But what can be said for certain is that one of the game's great hot-corner defenders is still interested in a full-time return to his native position -- not just in the Classic, but in the Majors. And that's something to keep in mind as his post-2018 free-agent eligibility looms.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ondrusek questionable for intrasquad games

Rolled ankle may set back O's reliever

Ondrusek questionable for intrasquad games

SARASOTA -- Orioles reliever Logan Ondrusek rolled his right ankle on Saturday and is doubtful for the team's intrasquad games later this week.

Ondrusek said he tried to stop quickly while doing one of the team's drills during the first full-squad workout, which involves the pitchers playing positions, and he jammed his ankle.

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Smith in awe of O's bat strength

Smith in awe of O's bat strength

SARASOTA -- Orioles outfielder Seth Smith said earlier this week he's looking forward to being a part of Baltimore's powerful lineup.

"It is fun," said Smith, who was acquired from Seattle in the offseason trade that sent Yovani Gallardo to the Mariners. "I've enjoy watching the Orioles kind of do their thing for a while now, and to be a part of it is going to be fun."

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Machado focused on present, not future

With free agency looming after 2018, star excited to be part of 'special group'

Machado focused on present, not future

SARASOTA -- Orioles third baseman Manny Machado looked around the clubhouse on Saturday morning and smiled.

"We got a couple different faces, but I think we got a real good group here," he said. "A special group that's going to surprise a lot of people."

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Photo of the Day: Two O's fans perched on their bikes

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Photo of the Day: Two O's fans perched on their bikes

Baseball is eternal. Not just the game itself, but the stats, legends, and the fans endure -- even if the fashions have changed in the 160-year history of the sport. 

Need proof? Check out these young Orioles fans perched atop their bikes to get a peek at Spring Training action on Saturday.

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Jones succinct on motivation: 'I'm here to win'

Jones succinct on motivation: 'I'm here to win'

SARASOTA -- Adam Jones took the field on Friday for the team's first full-squad practice and jogged all the way back to the warning track, a cheeky ode to the headlines earlier in the week after executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette noted that perhaps Jones -- who had been critical of the team's defensive outfield upgrades -- could help the defense by playing deeper.

Jones said Saturday morning that his trip out to deep center field wasn't really a message to anyone and, when asked if he had a reaction to Duquette's comments, simply said: "We're all entitled to an opinion, correct?"

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Scans of Hardy's back negative

Orioles shortstop to resume baseball activities in two weeks

Scans of Hardy's back negative

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles got good news on Saturday, as J.J. Hardy's bone scan test came back negative, keeping the shortstop in line to resume baseball activities March 4 or 5.

"You can tell just being around him he's pretty upbeat about it," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Hardy, who has been sidelined with back spasms the past three weeks. "I think we talked about dates yesterday. I expect him to be playing [in games], if we don't have any setbacks, March 10."

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Orioles sign Gentry to Minors deal

Outfielder comes to camp ready to compete for backup CF role

Orioles sign Gentry to Minors deal

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles signed outfielder Craig Gentry to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league camp on Saturday morning, a move that could help boost their defense and gives them another potential backup option in center field.

"He's a guy who, for a couple years, was considered probably one of the premier fourth outfielders. Plus runner. Plus defender. Wore out left-hand pitching. Last two years [have been harder], because of some injuries, some of it concussion stuff," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Gentry, who works out with Baltimore hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh every winter.

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Davis enters Spring Training fully healthy

First baseman feels urgency for Orioles to win now

Davis enters Spring Training fully healthy

SARASOTA, Fla. -- It took a few weeks for the swelling to go away and when Chris Davis finally picked up a bat this offseason -- his left thumb injury behind him -- it was an eye opener.

"Because I hadn't realized the impact that it really had on me," said Davis, who suffered the initial injury at the start of the 2016 season and played through it. "I had almost forgotten what it felt like to be 100 percent and be able to swing with both hands. It was really a big relief to not have any pain, and I'm looking forward to getting started again."

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Brach prevails in arbitration hearing

Brach prevails in arbitration hearing

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Brad Brach, who made his first All-Star team last season, prevailed in his arbitration hearing and will make $3.05 million in 2017.

The Orioles countered his camp's figure with $2.525 million. The news, delivered Friday morning while the team was stretching, is just the second time in 13 arbitration hearings that an O's player has won.

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Glove Day brings out the kid in Orioles players

Glove Day brings out the kid in Orioles players

SARASOTA, Fla. -- For about a dozen Orioles, Thursday morning was one of the best mornings of the spring: Glove Day.

Guys like Zach Britton, Chris Tillman and Darren O'Day were greeted by Wilson Sporting Goods reps as they picked out -- or picked up -- their desired new glove for 2017.

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Johnson ready to compete for utility job

Catcher Pena back in O's camp after clearing waivers

Johnson ready to compete for utility job

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Infielder Chris Johnson, who was signed to a Minor League deal on Monday, was part of a large group of position players that filtered into the big league clubhouse for the full-squad report date on Thursday.

Johnson, the son of Triple-A manager Ron Johnson, joked "Who?" when his father was brought up and acknowledged it would be weird to play for Norfolk this season.

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Tillman: 'I feel good right now,' won't rush back

Tillman: 'I feel good right now,' won't rush back

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman, who received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his shoulder in late December, said Wednesday morning that he's fairly confident he won't miss much regular-season time.

"It's feeling strong, it's feeling better, but you've got to do it right," said Tillman, who was plagued by the same inflammation in the second half of last season. "I don't want to do it wrong and just say, 'I'm going to go out there. I'm feeling better.' I want to do it the right way and get it behind us. That way, it's not an issue going forward."

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Showalter: Bullpen configuration will work itself out

Showalter: Bullpen configuration will work itself out

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles could break camp with three left-handed relievers in their bullpen, manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday as the team's early off-days -- and the potential for starter Chris Tillman to open the season on the disabled list -- provides a bevy of options.

Of the group in camp, Donnie Hart, T.J. McFarland (who is out of options) and Jed Bradley are all possibilities, and the O's will continue to canvas the market for left-handed relief options this spring.

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Former Oriole Clark added to coaching staff

Former Oriole Clark added to coaching staff

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles officially announced that Howie Clark will be joining the staff as assistant Major League hitting coach this season.

Clark, who has been at Spring Training the past few days, joins a staff that includes hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh, third-base coach Bobby Dickerson, first-base coach Wayne Kirby, pitching coach Roger McDowell, bullpen coach Alan Mills, bench coach John Russell and Major League coach Einar Diaz.

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Castillo working hard to prep for O's

Veteran catcher spent winter training with former backstop Molina, studying with Joseph

Castillo working hard to prep for O's

SARASOTA -- Orioles catcher Welington Castillo said he's not worried about getting acclimated to a new team this spring, despite leaving for the World Baseball Classic.

"I've been in touch and asking Caleb [Joseph] about them, each pitcher, because I don't know nobody here," said Castillo, who is on his fourth team since the beginning of 2015.

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Joseph looking forward to fresh start in '17

O's backup catcher struggled at dish last season, but knows value to team

Joseph looking forward to fresh start in '17

SARASOTA -- There were times when Caleb Joseph would spend hours in the batting cage after the final pitch, looking for a release after another frustrating game at the plate. Joseph, who did not record an RBI in 2016, said Tuesday he's ready to put last year behind him and isn't stressing about proving himself immediately.

"You want to get off to a good start, but I don't come into spring feeling like there's a monkey or a gorilla or a host of gorillas on my back," Joseph said. "I really don't. I know I'm a valuable part of this team, period. I'm not going in scared or nervous or shaking if I don't get a hit my first at-bat. I believe in myself way too much to feel that way."

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O's begin title quest as Spring Training hits Sarasota

O's begin title quest as Spring Training hits Sarasota

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Orioles squad each day this week. Today's topic: Spring Training is here.

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The offseason is over.

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Orioles' roster will look familiar

Jones, Machado headline group that looks much like last year's Wild Card team

Orioles' roster will look familiar

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com takes a look at a different aspect of this year's Orioles squad each day this week. Today's topic: Predicting the 25-man roster.

SARASOTA, Fla. -- It's never too early to start predicting the 25-man roster. And while there's not a whole lot of roster intrigue for the Orioles -- assuming there are no major injuries -- there are still some spots that will be up for grabs when camp starts next week.

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Improved rotation could prove difference-maker

Improved rotation could prove difference-maker

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Orioles squad each day this week. Today's topic: The perfect season.

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles plan to be competitive, there's no doubting that. The hope in bringing back largely the same group from a year ago is that the starting pitching can use an improved second half to build on in 2017.

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O's acquire righty Ynoa from Mets for cash

O's acquire righty Ynoa from Mets for cash

BALTIMORE -- Looking to add pitching depth before Spring Training, the Orioles did just that on Friday, acquiring right-hander Gabriel Ynoa from the Mets in exchange for cash considerations.

Ynoa was ranked as the Mets' No. 18 prospect by MLBPipeline.com. The 23-year-old made his Major League debut last season and pitched in 10 games, including three starts. He had a 6.38 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings. Ynoa went 12-5 with a 3.97 ERA over 154 1/3 innings in 25 starts at Triple-A.

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