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Showalters liven up Saturday with charity event


Showalters liven up Saturday with charity event

Where would you find Buck Showalter on a crisp October morning? How about at Oriole Park?

For once, Showalter came to the ballpark and wasn’t faced with questions about the Orioles’ six impending free agents. Instead, he and his wife, Angela hosted about 1,400 runners and walkers who participated in an event benefiting “KidsPeace,” a charity that promotes foster care.

As a young woman, Angela Showalter’s family took in foster children, and as an adult she’s become an enormous advocate of it.

Many of the runners and walkers dressed up for Halloween. Particularly inventive were the youngsters dressed as a crab and a box of Old Bay. They won the contest for best family costume.

Meanwhile, the World Series will extend at least through Sunday, prolonging the time before free agency begins.

Teams have five days after the World Series ends to speak with their own free agents, but they’ve been able to do that during the postseason.

It would be a surprise if any of the Orioles’ free agents: Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Davis, Darren O’Day, Gerardo Parra, Steve Pearce and Matt Wieters, sign with the team before free agency begins.

The Orioles will make qualifying offers, and the guess here is that they will include Chen, Davis and Wieters. This will enable the Orioles to get a draft choice next June as compensation for them signing elsewhere.

MLBTradeRumors.com has predicted that Wieters gets a four-year, $64 million contract. If that’s the case, it would seem hard to believe the Orioles would be the team to do that. If they’re still undecided on giving him a one-year qualifying offer for $15.8 million, why would they pay him even more annually for four years?

Fans who want to prolong the time before free agency begins may want to root for a seven-game World Series. If that happens, free agency won’t truly begin until Nov. 9.

The New York Mets win on Friday night turned what looked like a possible Kansas City Royals sweep into a competitive series.

Chris Young, who won Game 1 in relief starts against yet another Mets young star, Steven Matz.

Young pitched the final three innings in the 14-inning win on Tuesday night, and the 6-foot-10 inch right-hander, who played for the Mets in 2011 and 2012, hopes his stuff will be as strong in this game. Current Mets batters are hitting just .136 (8-for-59) against Young.

Game 5’s starters will be Matt Harvey and Edinson Volquez. Volquez left for the Dominican Republic after Game 1 when he learned of his father’s death.

Last night’s game featured a first. Raul Mondesi, Jr. made his major league debut in the World Series, the first time that’s ever happened. In the first two rounds of the postseason, the Mets carried infielder Matt Reynolds, who’s never played in the majors, but he wasn’t used.

Juan Uribe, who had a chest injury, recovered and was placed on the Series roster.

Mondesi, son of the longtime major leaguer Raul Mondesi, took the place of pinchrunner Terrance Gore on Kansas City’s roster.


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Orioles round out starting pitching rotation, finalize 4-year contract with Alex Cobb

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Orioles round out starting pitching rotation, finalize 4-year contract with Alex Cobb

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Alex Cobb's comfort and familiarity with the AL East was the deciding factor in his decision to sign with the Baltimore Orioles.

"They used the AL East and the success I've had in it to their advantage," the 30-year-old right-hander said Wednesday after finalizing a $57 million, four-year contract. "They kept challenging me with it and I love the challenge of pitching in this division and they know that over the times we talked. They did a really good job of making me feel like this is where I need to be."

Cobb gets $14 million in each of the first three seasons and $15 million in 2021, and he would earn a $500,000 bonus in each year he pitches 180 innings. Baltimore will defer $6.5 million from this year's salary and $4.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He gets $2 million of the deferred money on Nov. 30, 2022, and $1.8 million annually on Nov. 30 from 2023-32. If he doesn't pitch at least 130 innings in 2020, an additional $5.25 million of the final's year salary would get deferred, payable $1.75 million annually on Nov. 30 from 2033-35.


Cobb has a full no-trade this year, then can list 10 teams from 2019-21 that he cannot be dealt to without his consent.

He had spent his entire six-season big league career with Tampa Bay and was the last big-name starting pitcher available in a slow-moving free agent market. He joined Andrew Cashner and Chris Tillman, who were signed last month, in a revamped rotation that includes holdovers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.

Cobb was 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 29 starts last season. He pitched 179 1/3 innings in his first full year back after missing nearly two seasons because of Tommy John surgery.

He had turned down the Rays' $17.4 million qualifying offer in November, and Baltimore pursued him from the start of free agency.

"They didn't stop bothering me the whole offseason," Cobb said. "They were very persistent, and I think that you notice that confidence they have in you just by the way they speak to you and the questions you ask and not questioning anything that's gone on. Everyone's got flaws that they come with and potential things you could really harp on that might not be your strong suit, but they never went down that avenue. They always told me how much they like certain aspects of what I do on and off the field, and just kept repeating how well I fit in here."


Cobb is 48-35 with a 3.50 in six big league seasons. Baltimore will lose its third-highest draft pick, currently No. 51, and the Rays get an extra selection after the first round as compensation.

Jose Mesa Jr. was designated for assignment Wednesday to clear a roster spot.

Baltimore opens on March 29 at home against Minnesota, but Cobb won't be ready to pitch then. He has agreed to be optioned to a minor league affiliate to help build up innings.

"I'm going to be pushing it as quick as I can," Cobb said. "That's going to be up to them. They've invested in me for a four-year period and as much as we know how much every game matters even early in April, we're going to have to look out for the overall future of this whole thing and whole contract and whatever they determine to be the way to protect me and my feedback from the bullpens I'm going to be throwing here in the next few days will probably determine the timeline."

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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."