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Boras says Wieters hasn't decided on qualifying offer

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Boras says Wieters hasn't decided on qualifying offer

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Scott Boras isn’t sure if Matt Wieters will accept his qualifying offer from the Orioles.

During Boras’ wide-ranging press briefing at the General Managers meetings, the uber-agent denounced the concept of the qualifying offer, as he has done in the past.

“I think the qualifying offer represents something that is really wrong with baseball,” Boras said.

But, Boras hasn’t explicitly ruled out Wieters taking the $15.8 million offer. Wieters must decide by 5 p.m. on Friday whether to take it.

“Matt and I are going to be talking on Friday because I have to tell him about what went on at these meetings, so he hasn’t made any decisions yet,” Boras said.

Boras represents Wieters, Wei-Yin Chen and Chris Davis, three of the highest profile free agents.

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He expects the market for Davis to be robust.

“When you look at the power in the game, you’ve got a guy that’s averaged 40 home runs and 110 RBIs three years in a row. There’s only really been two players in the last 15 years—he and A-Rod that have met that criteria,” Boras said.

Boras expects the Orioles to seriously bid on retaining him.

“I think Chris’ performance level there has certainly raised an interest level with the ownership,” Boras said.

“It’s a rare opportunity for a club to get a middle of the bat lineup with power. The thing that makes CD so interesting is that he can play multiple positions. He can play left. He can play right. He can play first base, and you usually don’t find sluggers that are so versatile and so athletic.

“He really in my mind is the top outfield candidate in this free agent market as well as the top infield candidate in this market for versatility and what a manager wants to do with his club because if you have a prospect coming at first base you can use now, flip him in the outfield. You have a prospect coming in the outfield, and put him back at first base. He really provides a lot of flexibility and rare power for teams,” Boras said.

Chen and Davis have also been extended qualifying offers, and they certainly will reject them.

In an attempt to regulate his work load as well as protect him from facing two teams—Boston and Toronto—he had little success against, Chen was briefly optioned to Frederick in June.

The left-hander wasn’t pleased with the assignment and tweeted his displeasure after speaking with Boras.

“It’s not really whether I’m upset. I’m voicing the opinion of a veteran pitcher and many other pitchers,” Boras said. “Where you have the ability to manipulate rosters for a 10-day period at the expense of disruption of your No. 1 starter’s approach and performance,” Boras said.

“I would obviously take the side that you don’t do that and that the benefit is absolutely outweighed by the detriment, and that’s certainly how Wei-Yin still feels.”

Boras made no prediction on Chen’s market.


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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