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How Yovani Gallardo was overshadowed on his day

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How Yovani Gallardo was overshadowed on his day

SARASOTA, Fla. – On a most unique day in modern Orioles history, Yovani Gallardo was sadly reduced to an afterthought. Gallardo’s original three-year, $35 million deal was reduced by a year, and the team was preparing to celebrate the adding of a starter to cement the rotation.

About an hour before the press conference to formally introduce Gallardo, who had taken the field Thursday morning for workouts, word came out that Dexter Fowler, who was thought to be heading to the Orioles, had re-signed with the Chicago Cubs instead.

The drama around Gallardo’s restructuring was muted, and Fowler was the story.

But, in the end, the Orioles have five starters, and Gallardo is one of them.

“It was a little bit different, to be honest, but I’m just glad we were able to get something done. It’s part of the process, to be honest. I think it’s part of the situation, becoming a free agent, but everything for me, I’m past that,” Gallardo said.

Gallardo will join Kevin Gausman, Miguel Gonzalez, Ubaldo Jimenez and Chris Tillman in the rotation.

In 2016, Gallardo gets $9 million with $2.25 million deferred and $11 million next year with $1 million deferred. He has a $13 million options for 2018.

The Orioles were linked with Gallardo early in the free agency process.

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“We had a little bit of contact since Day 1. That was pretty much it. As the offseason went on, it got a little more serious. I want to pitch for a team that wants me. They’ve had interest in me since Day 1, and we were able to work something out,” Gallardo said.

Gallardo is 102-75 with a 3.42 ERA in his career. He has thrown at least 180 innings and started at least 30 times for the last seven seasons.
Last year was the first time Gallardo worked in the American League and has pitched only once in Baltimore, pitching six shutout innings, allowing just two hits.

“It’s a tough place to pitch,” Gallardo said. “You know what? I’m up for the challenge. I’m looking forward to it, and I’m going to go out there and compete.”

One thing Gallardo won’t be doing with the Orioles is hitting—at least not much of it. He’s the active leader in home runs hit by a pitcher, 12.

“I’ve always liked hitting and you know, that’s the good thing about interleague. … We’ll see. I mean if I get the opportunity to go out there and swing the bat, I’ll have fun with it. I’ve enjoyed it and I did it in Milwaukee quite a bit. It’s one of those things. Being in the National League, you have to take it serious because you’re swinging every five days, but my No. 1 job and objective is to go out there and pitch. That’s the first priority and everything [is secondary] after that,” Gallardo said.

Manager Buck Showalter isn’t sure where he’ll use Gallardo. He worked out with the team today, but didn’t throw in the bullpen. He won’t throw on Friday, either. Showalter isn’t sure if he’ll use the right-hander in either of this weekend’s intrasquad games.

“Yovani will be the first to tell you he’s going to try to do his part and be somebody we are going to trust and depend on, nothing more, nothing less. We feel good about that time of commitment for someone like him,” Showalter said.

While Duquette waited to be grilled about Fowler, he did have the opportunity to extoll Gallardo’s virtues.

“I think Yovani helps us because he’s shown us he’s a very dependable starter. He’s up to the challenge of going against the best pitchers, and he’s done that in the course of his career. I think when you have dependable starting pitchers, and you have the experience that Yovani has, the other pitchers, the younger pitchers, they have a good role model. They can watch him do his job, but I think they can set in comfortably and do their job.”

NOTE: Gallardo will wear No. 49. Dylan Bundy switches from 49 to 37 and pitching coach Dave Wallace moves from 37 to 16.

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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