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Machado says Orioles need to re-sign Davis, others

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Machado says Orioles need to re-sign Davis, others

BALTIMORE --- Manny Machado know that this is likely to be the final game in an Orioles uniform for some of the players he’s spent four years with.

Chris Davis, who was presented with the Most Valuable Oriole award before the game, is foremost in Machado’s thoughts. So are Wei-Yin Chen, Darren O’Day and Matt Wieters.

“It’s a part of the business. Not all of them are going to be able to come back, but when you have a guy hitting 40-something home runs and driving in 120 for a team, you want to see them back. We need them back. From the season we had, going from Nelson Cruz and losing [Nick] Markakis, we’ve got to do something,” Machado said.

“I think our top priority will be signing Davis and try to get a couple more key pieces to stay here as well. I think we’ve just got to get them back to where we need to be. We missed a couple of pieces, and that didn’t help and losing Davis is definitely not going to help us.”

The 23-year-old Machado would be reluctant to campaign to upper management to stay here unlike Adam Jones.

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“Definitely, I’m not saying I’m a nobody here, but I’m just here to play baseball. Adam, obviously is here. He’s a franchise player. He has definitely more of a voice than anybody in this clubhouse. He wants [Davis]. We all want him to come back. At the same time, we know it’s a business,” Machado said.

“At the end of the day, we need Davis here. We need O’Day here. We need all the other free agents, Chen, all the guys that helped us get to a winning organization. Definitely, you don’t want to see them leave, but it’s tough to stay.”

If Davis and at least some of the others depart, that leaves a void in the clubhouse, is Machado ready to assume leadership?

‘If it comes to that point, definitely. I’ve learned from Adam. Since I got here, Adam’s been the only person who’s came up and talked to me. Obviously, J.J. [Hardy]. J.J.’s a little different. He’s a quiet leader. He leads the team in a different way. Learning from both of those guys, I definitely stepped in and just do what I can do. Go out there and help the team win, which is the most part,” Machado said.

“This is where the position has changed. Everybody who comes in here wants to win. When you all have that mentality, we all want to win, we all want to be brothers. That takes us to the next level. I’m definitely ready to step up and do what I have to do to help this team get to the next level.”

Even at 23, he’s ready, Machado said.

“It’s just part of life. I think I that’s how I see it. You’re going to have to become a man someday or the other. This is a different team. This not like the Yankees back in the day. They had Jeter, A-Rod, Babe Ruth. We have a different clubhouse here. Everybody speaks up here,” Machado said.

“That’s why we’re so special here. I think that’s why we’re so special here. Everybody can just stand up and say whatever they want. It’s not just the veterans. It’s not just the older guys. Any rookie or any one-year person can stand up and say something. I think that’s why we have a different organization over here. We have something special that we thrived for and enjoy. That’s why we all enjoy playing with each other. We don’t want nobody to leave because we have such a great bond here, so I don’t think that’s a big deal. Anybody can just come up here and say what they want. At the end of the day, this is a team, there’s no I in team. Everybody’s going to have to say something to make stuff right.”

Machado said if the Orioles come to him in the offseason with an offer for an extension, he’s ready to listen.

“Yeah, why not? This is the organization I play for, this is the organization I love. This is the only organization I know. I’d definitely be interested in talking. We’ll see what when that day comes,” Machado 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