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Duquette says Trumbo deal not the team's last move


Duquette says Trumbo deal not the team's last move

It’s natural for Orioles fans to think that the acquisition of Mark Trumbo on Wednesday from the Seattle Mariners is insurance in case that Chris Davis takes another lucrative offer elsewhere.

Dan Duquette isn’t sure if Davis will be back, but he certainly likes his new power hitter.

“This isn’t the last move the team is going to make to put our team together for 2016. I can’t tell you who we’re going to sign in the future,” Duquette said in a conference call.

The Orioles acquired both Trumbo and left-handed reliever C.J. Riefenhauser from the Mariners in exchange for catcher Steve Clevenger.

“The addition of a proven major league hitter like Mark Trumbo today lengthens our lineup, and it gives us another hitter in the lineup who can hit both left-handed and right-handed pitching and in Mark’s case, he can hit the ball out of our ballpark. I think he’s going to be helped by our right-center field in particular.”

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Trumbo, who will be playing for his fourth team since 2013, is happy to play in the East for the first time.

“I’m extremely excited to be headed to a new location and a team that I had a lot of respect playing against. I always thought very highly of the way the Orioles compete on both sides of the ball,” Trumbo said.

Trumbo was traded by the Mariners to create roster flexibility. He could earn $9 million in arbitration next season.

“I was aware that I was in the position that this might well happen. I didn’t have a whole lot of lead up to it. It happened rather quickly,” Trumbo said

“There were a few teams that were mentioned before, but to be honest, the Orioles weren’t one that I had heard at all.”

He isn’t familiar with many of the players except for Darren O’Day, with whom he played on the Los Angeles Angels.

“I’ll have all spring training to get to know these guys, to get to know the system,” Trumbo said. “I’ll have more than enough time to get acclimated.”

Trumbo isn’t concerned about playing in the East for the first time.

“At the end of the day, it’s still the same game that I played. The location may change a bit,” Trumbo said.

“This will feel right at home in no time.”

Trumbo plays a number of positions, and that’s one of the reasons that made him attractive to the Orioles.

“Mark can play in the outfield. He can also play first base. He’s also not unfamiliar with playing DH. Just looking at his defensive capabilities, it looks like his best position is first base.”

“His presence and his proven RBI and power capability are going to add a lot to our ballclub, and we’re going to continue to shape the lineup and our ballclub throughout the offseason,” Duquette said.

He also likes his new left-handed reliever.

“Riefenhauser is a solid left-handed relief pitching prospect who will add depth to our bullpen and should contribute to the club in 2016,” Duquette said.

Trumbo has admired manager Buck Showalter and the rest of the team from afar, and now for at least 2016, he’s an Oriole.

“It seems like Buck gets the most out of the guys and when you go against them, they’re going to bring it,” Trumbo 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