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Orioles designate Delmon Young for assignment, add pitcher

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Orioles designate Delmon Young for assignment, add pitcher

BALTIMORE --- In order to get a seven-man bullpen, the Orioles decided that they had a surplus of outfielders, and they’ve designated Delmon Young for assignment.

Young, who was in his second year with the Orioles, is batting .270 with two home runs and 16 RBIs. He’s gone just 2-for-19 in his last eight games.

Ever since the Orioles added Chris Parmelee on June 16, they’ve gone with 11 pitchers.

Young played 82 games in 2015, batting .302 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs. He had a bases-clearing double in the Orioles win over Detroit in the second game of the American League Division Series.

He was re-signed to a one-year, $2.25 million contract.

The Orioles have 10 days to trade or release Young, who was the overall No. 1 draft pick of Tampa Bay in 2003. He’s played for the Rays, Tigers, Twins and Phillies. Each of his last six teams have reached the postseason.

“Delmon is a qualified Major League hitter. And hopefully we will be able to find a spot for him in a few days,” executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.

The Orioles didn’t have a great desire to unload Young. Other players were just more versatile, and Duquette had a hard choice.

“They're all difficult. We wrestle with these decisions and hash them out and go back and forth. And we try to develop more options for the team to keep all the players in the organization. But we couldn't come up with a solution to this roster move because we don't have the flexibility on our roster that we've had in the past,” Duquette said.
Before the move was announced, manager Buck Showalter hinted that it would be a position player.

“We’ve got a lot of good players, and somebody will end up in the big leagues,” Showalter said. “Somebody will end up in the big leagues that’s in the big leagues with us.”

Tyler Wilson was recalled from Norfolk for the fourth time this season to beef up the bullpen. He’s 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA in five games.

“Buck likes to go with the extra pitcher and there's a lot of good reasons to have an extra pitcher on your roster, particularly if you have stress on your starting pitching, you get in an extra inning game, so you have a fresh bullpen every night. And we do have some other options on the bench. Delmon Young did a nice job for the team. He had a really good year last year and he's contributed to this year's ballclub,” Duquette said.

“We looked for as many solutions as we could find to keep everyone, but we weren't able to do that in this case.”

Another move will have to be made on Thursday to make room for their starter, Kevin Gausman, who’ll be recalled from Norfolk.

The trading deadline is July 31, and Duquette expects the Orioles to be in the mix.

“We’re working on a number of different conversations. We’ll see how that develops. I’m glad we’re back in the race, and we’ve got a good roster at Triple-A, and we’ve got a good roster in the big leagues. We’re going to try to keep it going. We’ll be active on the trade front. We’ve had active discussions with a number of teams already,” Duquette 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