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Andrew Triggs is a name Orioles fans need to know

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Andrew Triggs is a name Orioles fans need to know

If you’re looking for a sleeper for your fantasy league team, you might want to consider Andrew Triggs.

Who’s Andrew Triggs? He’s a right-handed pitcher, who’ll be 27 in March and has faced just one hitter in Triple-A.

Yet, the Orioles thought so highly of him that they added him to their 40-man roster and brought him to Sarasota earlier this month for their three-day minicamp.

Triggs was quietly acquired last April from the Kansas City organization, sent to Bowie, where he was a key reliever on the Eastern League championship team.

In 43 games, Triggs had an ERA of 1.03, a WHIP of 0.869 and more than six times as many strikeouts as walks. And, he didn’t allow a home run in 61 innings.

Triggs has given up just seven home runs in four minor league seasons.

Buck Showalter has noticed.

“He bounced around a little bit, came over here and took off and did well. In his mind, he's sitting there thinking this might be my one chance. But it won't be, because he's coming to big league camp and he's on the roster. He knows that. He's a sharp kid,” Showalter said. “

“Triggs is interesting. He can throw it over the plate, which is always good. You see where he is on the rubber, he'll be a challenge for right-handed hitters. I like the fact that he throws it over."

Showalter likes Triggs’ maturity and thinks that Darren O’Day will take a liking to him, too.

Triggs didn’t start playing pro ball until 2012, but this looks like his first real opportunity. He’s aware of Showalter’s feelings about him.

“It’s obviously nice to hear, and I think every guy in this room, every pitcher out there has to believe he can contribute at the major league level. It’s nice to hear that as some confirmation, but I don’t get wrapped in anything along those lines. I know I still have things I need to improve on and go out there and work on, today, tomorrow, next week, then all through the spring and carry that into the season,” Triggs said.

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Triggs, Parker Bridwell and Christopher Lee, teammates on the Baysox, were all added to the 40-man.

“I try not to get too wrapped up in playing GM and looking at roster moves and things like that, but I know I had a good year. I knew this was my protection year where they were going to have to make a decision one way or another, so I was hopeful. I wouldn’t say surprised, but I was really pleased when they made the decision to add me,” Triggs said.

Triggs, Lee and Mychal Givens had something in common in Bowie. In a combined 156 1/3 innings, the three combined to allow just one home run.

“I think there is, in most clubhouses around baseball, everyone wants to keep the ball in the ballpark more than they want to keep it out of the ballpark. I think working two-seamers in there is part of my game. I want to get as many groundballs as possible, and there are a lot of really good arms in there and guys who have similar if not identical pitching styles. I think there is some overlap in the way that different guys in this room pitch. For any team, obviously it’s better to keep the ball in the ballpark, on the ground,” Triggs said.

It’s logical to think that Triggs will start the season at Norfolk to give him some exposure to Triple-A.

“I’ll let them make all those decisions. I’m trying to go out here and work on a few things, here and there throughout the spring. I think that’s the logical next step, but I think that no one in here is trying to do anything less than break with the major league club. I’ll let them make those decisions down the line,” Triggs said.

Showalter thinks that Triggs can pitch in the majors this year.

“It probably sounds silly, but I’ve tasted it since I was 12 years old. I mean, it’s nice to be this close. If you look at it objectively, as an outside observer, you are a little bit closer. For me, this has been in my head longer than I can remember. I’m just going to continue to do what I’ve been doing for the last 10-plus years and keep picking out one or two things every single day to work on and keep working toward that goal. I honestly don’t look at it much different from any time in years past, but I’m not silly enough to think that things aren’t different than they were at this time last year or the year before,” Triggs said.

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

Live baseball is close to gracing our television screens again. The Orioles haven't had the most active offseason, to put it mildly. Fans are still wondering who will make up more than half the spots in this year's rotation, and Manny Machado's upcoming free agency is looming over every decision the organization makes.

Still, it's exciting to be able to follow the team again. Not every game is televised, so get ready to constantly refresh your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll be comforting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Jonathan Schoop is building on his breakout season, or if top-prospect Austin Hays is all he's cracked up to be (spoiler: he is).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing in the next few weeks. The O's haven't yet made a big splash this offseason, but with the sheer volume of capable players still on the market, you have to wonder if they'll try to sign some impact players at bargain values.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the lineup or rotation has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be taking place while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for thier seasons, so bookmark this page to check on on the Orioles spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Orioles 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Feb. 26 - Tigers at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Cardinals at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 1 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Tuesday, Mar. 6 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 9 - Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 (SS) - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Phillies at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Orioles at Pirates, 1:05 pm 
Tuesday, Mar. 13 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Orioles at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 - Orioles at Mets, 1:10 pm 
Saturday, Mar. 17 (SS) - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Mets at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Orioles at Tigers, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Rays at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Orioles at Yankees, 6:35 pm 
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Mar. 27 (in Norfolk, VA) - Orioles at Tides (AAA), 3:05 pm