Orioles

Quick Links

Orioles have second half decisions to make

usatsi_8674187.jpg

Orioles have second half decisions to make

The Orioles have many decisions to make as the second half of the season begins. They’ll continue to engage in trade talks to beef up their staff, but first they’ll have to decide what to do about three players in limbo.

A week ago, Delmon Young was designated for assignment. The Orioles had 10 days to trade or release Young. If he they can’t trade him by Saturday, he’ll be released.

Young didn’t play badly for the Orioles. He had perhaps their most memorable hit of 2014, a three-run pinch hit double in the second game of the ALDS against Detroit.

With a roster crunch and few optionable players, Young’s limited skill set made him the likely cut.

His limited skill set is why it’s hard to trade him. While he has played the corner outfielder positions and has a decent arm, Young isn’t viewed as a good fielder.

If there’s a team that’s interested in him, they can simply wait the Orioles out, and then sign him for the second half after he’s released.

A team that signs him then pays him the prorated minimum salary while the Orioles pay the bulk of the approximately $1.1 million left on his deal.

When the Orioles designated Alejandro De Aza for assignment, they were able to trade him to Boston for minor league pitcher Joe Gunkel, but they’re paying about $2 million of the $3 million that was left on his contract.

If Young has no major league suitors, perhaps the Orioles would re-sign him and send him to Norfolk. He could be a useful September bat.

[RELATED Jimenez has success against Twins

Manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Minneapolis that Wesley Wright, who’s been on the disabled list since the season’s first week with a shoulder injury, has agreed to extend his rehab assignment until Sunday.

Wright, who was signed to a $1.7 million contract in December, pitched just twice for the Orioles. In eight games at Norfolk, Wright is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA.

It seems likely that the Orioles will have to designate him for assignment, too because Wright has no options remaining. He could be released and re-signed, too if the Orioles have interest.

Then, there’s Jason Garcia, the Rule 5 draft pick, who has begun a rehab assignment at Bowie. It’s his first trip to Double-A since Garcia was pitching in Low-A ball before he was selected in the draft.

Garcia needs 90 days on the active roster so that he’s not no longer subject to Rule 5. He’ll surely be active in September, but the Orioles need to have him on the active roster for about three additional weeks so that he’s officially Orioles property.

Garcia has pitched one scoreless inning at Bowie.

NOTE: Andres Mora, who played 226 games for the Orioles from 1976-78 died in Mexico on June 12. He was 60.

Quick Links

Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

tillman-usat.png
USA Today Sports

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."

RELATED: VEGAS SETS OVER/UNDERS FOR 2018 MLB SEASON

Quick Links

Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

machado_spring_training.jpg
USA Today Sports Images

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