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Gallardo's options seem to be Orioles -- or wait


Gallardo's options seem to be Orioles -- or wait

Experienced Dan Duquette watchers know he doesn’t like to make outlandish predictions. He doesn’t like to tease writers.

On Thursday night, Duquette appeared on 105.7 The Fan and expounded on free agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo. Normally when Duquette is asked about specific free agents, he deflects the question or says he’s not allowed to discuss that.

“"I can tell you that we're trying to upgrade our pitching staff. A 13-game winner would do that, right?" Duquette said.

"Gallardo's been a good pitcher over his career. He did well in the National League with Milwaukee and he also pitched good (last) year with Texas, and he pitched well in the playoffs. That's why teams would have interest in him. And he's been very dependable. Thirty starts seven years in a row. There's very few players that have done that. That's something that we've been trying to add to our pitching staff all winter and we're still working on it."

Everyone knows the Orioles would like to have Gallardo, who is reportedly looking for a three-year contract in the $40-45 million range with an opt-out clause.

The Orioles have been firmly against those clauses though other pitchers in Gallardo’s class, Wei-Yin Chen and Scott Kazmir, obtained them in their new contracts this winter.

Duquette will hold out because it’s obvious Gallardo, for the moment, doesn’t have any other real options.

Gallardo could sign with the Orioles—or wait until spring training begins and see if a starting pitcher gets hurt—and hope that his market gets bigger. He’s waited all offseason for suitors to make authentic offers, and his market is currently the Orioles.

He’ll likely sign with the Orioles and solidify the pitching staff.

If Gallardo signs and Dylan Bundy is healthy, 11 of the 12 spots on the staff would be accounted for.

Gallardo would join Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Miguel Gonzalez and Ubaldo Jimenez in the rotation—right-handers all.

In the bullpen, a healthy Bundy, Brad Brach, Zach Britton, Mychal Givens, Brian Matusz and Darren O’Day would leave room for just one more pitcher.

T.J. McFarland, Chaz Roe and Vance Worley would seem to be the top contenders to fill the other role.

Both Roe and Worley are out of options. Only Givens and McFarland have options left.

If Gallardo signs and Worley pitches acceptably in spring training, the veteran could be used in a trade to help restock the farm system.

Duquette indicated that he’d be open to adding another outfielder. For many months, the Orioles have had interest in trading for Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce, but the Reds’ asking price has always included the untouchable Gausman.

Besides Bruce, there’s Dexter Fowler, but like Gallardo, he’d cost a draft pick.

If the Orioles signed both Gallardo and Fowler or another free agent outfielder, barring injuries 22 of the 25 spots on the club would be accounted for.

Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, Hyun-soo Kim, Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Mark Trumbo and Matt Wieters are set to start.

Ryan Flaherty and Caleb Joseph are reserves, and if Fowler is added, that leaves just two openings.

Newly acquired Efren Navarro, who’s a left-handed hitter, Nolan Reimold, Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard and Henry Urrutia would be the top contenders for the other two spots.

Including Fowler, just four of the 11: Davis, Flaherty, Kim and Wieters bat left-handed. (Wieters is a switch-hitter). Another left-handed hitter is needed, and if another left-handed outfielder isn’t picked up, Navarro and Urrutia would seem to have a shot.

Six days from now, pitchers and catchers will report. Some players have already begun to work out, and manager Buck Showalter is set to arrive in Sarasota on Sunday.

NOTE: Orioles early workouts on the back fields of the Ed Smith Stadium complex will be open to fans. Workouts are scheduled to be open between Feb.19-29 and will run from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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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