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Orioles have lots of questions to answer about right


Orioles have lots of questions to answer about right

SARASOTA, Fla. – During Sunday’s scoreless intrasquad game, Dariel Alvarez hit a ball down the right field line. Mark Trumbo playing in right, misplayed the ball.

The Orioles won’t make a big deal about Trumbo’s outfield play; he’s slated to be the team’s primary designated hitter this season though he has substantial major league outfield experience.

“He didn’t quite catch it. I haven’t talked to him about it. You don’t want me to walk up to me and go, ‘what happened?’ We all know,” manager Buck Showalter said.

The Orioles are still looking for another outfielder, but Showalter wouldn’t bite on an invitation to speculation.

“Would I bet on it? I wouldn’t bet anything the way this thing’s gone. I wouldn’t take that bet. I’m not a very good bettor,” Showalter said.

“As usual, they’re probably asking too much now.”

When asked if the Orioles felt compelled to add an outfielder, Showalter said:

“It depends on who the player is. There’s a sense of urgency if you feel like it upgrades your club. I think it depends on what player it is.”

The Orioles remain interested in free agent outfielder Austin Jackson and are interested in trading for Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce.

One of the players the Orioles wanted to consider in the outfield mix, Efren Navarro, who was designated for assignment after Yovani Gallardo was signed, passed through waivers, but refused an outright assignment to Norfolk and declared free agency.

Dariel Alvarez, Xavier Avery, L.J. Hoes, Alfredo Marte, Nolan Reimold Rule 5 draft pick Joey Rickard and Henry Urrutia are all in camp as outfielders.


Two others in camp are first basemen Trey Mancini and Christian Walker. Their path to first in the majors is blocked by Chris Davis. Could either of them play the outfield?

“Not yet, no. I think you’d probably think about Walker before you’d think about Mancini out there just from a skill set. I’m not sure Mancini’s arm would play out there,” Showalter said.

“It might be something in Norfolk. I don’t think you’re going to see him play in the outfield here. I’ll let them think about it. We’ll see what our needs are going to be. We’ve got a lot of outfielders that are kind of slated for that level. I think there’s eight of them.”

NOTES: The intrasquad game was ended after 5 ½ innings. Saturday’s game, which lasted five innings, was also scoreless. … Walker had a double, the only extra-base hit of the weekend, on Sunday. ... Mike Wright will start Tuesday's game at Atlanta. Tyler Wilson will follow. Ubaldo Jimenez starts on Wednesday against the Braves, Miguel Gonzalez will pitch Thursday at Tampa Bay and Vance Worley Friday at Toronto.

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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