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Chris Davis won't be walking through that FanFest door


Chris Davis won't be walking through that FanFest door

For more than two months, Baltimore has been obsessed with Chris Davis, and that obsession will likely carry through Saturday’s FanFest.

Davis won’t be walking through that door, but unless there’s a resolution today on his destination for 2016 and beyond, he’ll be what questioners are asking Dan Duquette about what he and Buck Showalter address season ticket holders.

The Orioles want Davis back, and they’ve shown that.

A number of Orioles fans think the team should take the $150 million and allocate it to a pitcher and some outfielders instead of Davis. It may be easier to take that money and spend it on Davis, and spend whatever is left over on other things they need.

While Davis isn’t walking through that door, Darren O’Day could be. It’s possible the Orioles will wait until Saturday before making his contract official, and if he doesn’t have any previous plans for the day, the Orioles will be happy to find a place in their autograph session for him.

The same holds true for Manny Machado, who has a personal conflict. The team was working to get Machado to Baltimore on Saturday, too.

Ubaldo Jimenez, who is getting married on Saturday, won’t be there, and neither will Mark Trumbo, who told the Orioles after his trade last week that he had a prior personal commitment.

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Most of the other Orioles will be there. L.J. Hoes, who appeared at Thursday’s annual holiday party for children, isn’t on the list of attendees, but Hoes was reacquired late last month, long after the date was set. Outfielder Dariel Alvarez is also not on the list.

Left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser, who came along with Trumbo from Seattle, was a late add, but don’t wait for Edgar Olmos, who was picked up from the Cubs on waivers Thursday.

Since the end of the season, the Orioles have added 11 players to their 40-man roster.

Four of them, Olmos, Riefenhauser, Chris Jones and Christopher Lee, are left-handed pitchers.

The others are Hoes, Trumbo, right-handed pitchers Parker Bridwell, Andrew Triggs and Vance Worley, catcher Francisco Pena, and outfielder Joey Rickard, who was the team’s pick in the Rule 5 draft.

Once O’Day’s signing becomes official, the Orioles will have to remove someone from the roster.

Rickard was the first outfielder selected by the Orioles in the Rule 5 since they took Jose Bautista in 2003.

The Orioles have made a selection in the draft for 10 consecutive years, the longest stretch in major league baseball.

NOTE: I’ll be appearing at FanFest as part of the Orioles’ media panel at 4:45 p.m. Others on the panel are Eduardo Encina, Brett Hollander, Roch Kubatko, Rob Long and Mark Viviano.  

MORE ORIOLES: Davis generates rumored-filled Winter Meetings for Orioles

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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