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Showalter, Duquette sign extensions with Orioles

Showalter, Duquette sign extensions with Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) Buck Showalter was tired of hearing about his contract. Ever since the end of the most successful season in 14 years, the Baltimore Orioles manager was pestered about the contract.

Showalter would tell everyone that he had a deal for the 2013 season, and he had more job security than most American workers. He wasn't worried.

Now, Showalter has more job security than almost any American worker including almost all his players, and so does the Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.

On Wednesday, the Orioles announced extensions for both. Showalter's is a five-year extension; Duquette's a four-year one. They'll be under contract through the 2018 season with the Orioles.

The 56-year-old Showalter was eager to leave the press conference and join many of his players who had gathered for a three-day mini-camp.

``I'm ready to go down to that locker room,'' Showalter said. ``I'd like to think that nothing changes from my perspective.''

When Showalter joined the Orioles in Aug. 2010, he had a contract that ran through 2013. Duquette joined the team on a three-year contract in Nov. 2011. In their first season together, Baltimore won 93 games and the American League Wild Card game in Texas before falling in five games to the New York Yankees in the AL Divisional Series.

Duquette, 54, was hired by the Orioles after being out of the game for nearly a decade.

``I was very grateful for the opportunity. I missed baseball and was glad to be back,'' Duquette said.

Only one of Showalter's players, outfielder Adam Jones, has a contract as long as the manager's. Last May, before signing a six-year extension, Jones sought out the manager to make sure Showalter was committed for the long-term. Convinced he was, Jones re-signed.

``I'm really looking forward to having the focus be back on our players,'' Showalter said.

Duquette and Showalter hardly knew each other before teaming in Baltimore. Now, they make jokes about talking baseball on Christmas.

``He's one of the great pros in the game,'' Duquette said. ``I've never had more fun working with a man or more respect working with a manager. He's one of the great managers in the game. We're so lucky to have him here in Baltimore.''

The Orioles will begin spring training on Feb. 12, and Showalter can't wait.

``When we get to spring training,'' he said, ``I'll be right back to being the same grumpy old guy I guess I am.''

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Closer Zach Britton tears Achilles tendon in offseason training

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Closer Zach Britton tears Achilles tendon in offseason training

BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in offseason training, a significant injury that could cause him to miss part of the 2018 season.

Baltimore executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on Wednesday confirmed the torn Achilles tendon. It was not immediately clear how long Britton would be out.

In a tweet announcing the injury, the team said Britton was injured Tuesday while training in California and wished him a speedy recovery.

Britton had 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA with the Orioles this past season. In 2016, had a 0.54 ERA and was perfect in save opportunities with a major league-leading 47.

The left-hander, who turns 30 on Friday, is arbitration eligible after making $11.4 million last season. Britton can become a free agent after next season, which made him a strong trade candidate before the injury.

Britton has converted 135 of 145 save opportunities since becoming the Orioles' closer in 2014.

MORE ORIOLES: GAUSMAN CHANGES HIS NUMBER TO HONOR ROY HALLADAY

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Kevin Gausman changes jersey number to honor Roy Halladay

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Kevin Gausman changes jersey number to honor Roy Halladay

BALTIMORE  -- Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman will wear No. 34 next season as a tribute to Roy Halladay, who was killed in a plane crash last month.

Gausman announced the switch Thursday on his Twitter account. The right-hander wore No. 39 last year.

Gausman and Halladay are both from Colorado, and the Orioles pitcher said he followed Halladay's career closely and idolized him.

In a post next a photo of his new jersey, Gausman wrote: "Roy gave me the inspiration that I could fulfill even my biggest of dreams -- being a pitcher just like him."

Gausman concluded: "The loss of Roy is tragic and saddening, but I feel honored to have watched everything he achieved."

Halladay died on Nov. 7 when his small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He played 16 big league seasons, winning the Cy Young Award in each league and being named an All-Star eight times.