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.

According to the 2014 season calculations of FanGraphs.com, the Royals' four outfielders -- with Alex Rios replacing Nori Aoki for 2015 -- have a combined 14.8 WAR (wins above replacement). Completing the top 10 projected 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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Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Inbox: Who will O's add to their outfield?

Beat reporter Brittany Ghiroli answers fans' questions

Inbox: Who will O's add to their outfield?

It looked like the Orioles were the front-runners to sign free agent Colby Rasmus. What's the plan to add to the outfield now that he has signed with the Astros?
-- Chris H., Elkridge, Md.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter met with Rasmus several times -- and the club liked him -- but he turned down a deal to sign with Houston instead. There aren't a whole lot of enticing backup plans at this point in the offseason. Right fielders still available are Nate Schierholtz, Ichiro Suzuki and former O's outfielder Endy Chavez.

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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.

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

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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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.

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

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.

O's announce signing of Delmon to 1-year deal

Outfielder/DH to make $2.25 million with a chance to reach $3 million

O's announce signing of Delmon to 1-year deal

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles officially announced Friday that Delmon Young will return next season, as the outfielder/designated hitter passed his physical. Young will make a base salary of $2.25 million in 2015 that could reach $3 million if he hits all of the incentives.

Despite limited playing time, Young was a big piece for the Orioles. A non-roster invitee who made the Opening Day roster last spring, Young hit .302 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 83 games.

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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.

O's Santarone named to Groundskeepers Hall of Fame

O's Santarone named to Groundskeepers Hall of Fame

BALTIMORE -- Late Orioles groundskeeper Pat Santarone has been named to the Major League Baseball Groundskeepers Hall of Fame.

Santarone joined the Orioles as head groundskeeper in 1969 and spent 22 seasons at Memorial Stadium before retiring on Opening Day of 1991. During that time the Orioles won five American League pennants and two World Series, and fielded 25 AL Gold Glovers.

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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.

Source: O's agree to Minors deal with Arencibia

Source: O's agree to Minors deal with Arencibia

BALTIMORE -- Seeking to add another catcher before Spring Training, the Orioles have agreed to a Minor League deal with J.P. Arencibia, a baseball source told MLB.com on Thursday. The contract isn't finalized, but it is expected to include an invite to Major League Spring Training. The club did not confirm that an agreement is in place.

The addition of Arencibia, which was first reported by the Baltimore Sun, reunites him with new O's hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh, who was previously with the Texas Rangers. Arencibia, who turned 29 on Monday, hit .177/.239/.369 in 62 games with the Rangers last season. He posted a .279/.320/.542 line in 48 games with Texas' Triple-A Round Rock affiliate.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Pleskoff: Orioles prospects on the cusp

Bundy, Walker among top prospects who could impact big league club in 2015

Pleskoff: Orioles prospects on the cusp

In this series, Bernie Pleskoff takes a team-by-team look at which top prospects are poised to make a contribution at the big league level in 2015.

While the Orioles have lost some offense, they have solid pitching waiting in the wings. If they need pitching help, there are some organizational starters available.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

No O's represented in new Cooperstown class

Mussina receives 24.6 percent of votes; Johnson, Martinez, Biggio and Smoltz elected

No O's represented in new Cooperstown class

BALTIMORE -- None of the five former Orioles nominated were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon, with Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio all gaining entry to this year's class.

Candidates must be named on 75 percent of ballots submitted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) for entry. Players on this year's ballot who played at least part of their career with the O's were Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Sammy Sosa, Tim Raines and Lee Smith.

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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.

Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring is officially on the horizon.

Major League Baseball announced the first Spring Training workout dates for all 30 of its clubs on Thursday. Pitchers and catchers for the reigning World Series champion Giants -- along with the Phillies, Pirates and Reds -- will be the first to work out, with a Feb. 19 start date. Thirteen other clubs will work out pitchers and catchers for the first time the following day.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mussina gains ground in Hall of Fame voting

Former Orioles, Yankees righty nets 24.6 of necessary 75 percent for election

Mussina gains ground in Hall of Fame voting

NEW YORK -- Mike Mussina received a small uptick in support from the voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America this year, but the former Orioles and Yankees right-hander still faces a long climb for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Eligible for the second time, Mussina's name was checked by 24.6 percent of voters, appearing on 135 of the 549 ballots cast. Mussina was selected on 20.3 percent of ballots in 2014, and players must receive at least 75 percent for induction.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles reveal information for 2015 FanFest

Tickets on sale for annual event to take place on Jan. 31 at Baltimore Convention Center

Orioles reveal information for 2015 FanFest

BALTIMORE -- Tickets are on sale for the Orioles' annual FanFest, to be held Jan. 31 at the Baltimore Convention Center. This year's event -- presented by Visit Sarasota County -- begins at 11 a.m. ET and goes until 6 p.m., with appearances by numerous current and former players along with clinics, exhibits and interactive games.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children (14 and under) and seniors. They are available online at orioles.com/fanfest, via phone at 1-888-848-BIRD, at the Oriole Park Box Office and at the Official Team Store at the York Galleria in York, Pa.

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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.