Are the Orioles forgetting about Yovani Galllardo? At Thursday’s press conference to discuss Chris Davis’ new contract, Dan Duquette reiterated that the Orioles would continue to look for pitching.
Gallardo and the Orioles have been linked for some weeks. He’s the only top shelf pitcher left on the market, and the only one who would require the Orioles to surrender their first round pick to sign.
This year, the Orioles pick 14th.
On MLB Network Radio, Duquette indicated the Orioles may look elsewhere for pitching despite one report that said Gallardo was choosing among them, Colorado and Houston for a new team.
“The question for us is ’Are we willing to give up our first-round pick?’ and so far that answer has been no,” Duquette said.
“I think we’re going to hang onto that pick.”
In all likelihood, Duquette will look for “Red Cross” or “bounce back” pitchers instead.
NOTES: Tickets for individual spring training games go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium. The Orioles’ first home game is on March 2 against Atlanta at 1:05 p.m.
Fans can purchase tickets online at www.orioles.com/spring or by calling 877-222-2802.
Sixteen home games will be played in March.
Orioles pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 18.
-Ravens great Ed Reed, who recently joined the Buffalo Bills coaching staff, Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre and Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) will be honored at the 12th annual Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Dinner on Feb. 12 at the Marriott Waterfront.
-The Baltimore Colts’ Super Bowl V trophy will be on display at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum from Saturday through Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7.
-Longtime area sportswriter Dan Connolly will host a baseball talk at the Zion Lutheran Church in York, Pa. on Jan. 28. Connolly’s guests will be Philadelphia Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock and veteran baseball writer Mel Antonen. Admission is free, but donations to the church’s youth ministry program are appreciated.