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Two new Orioles look forward to Baltimore arrival


Two new Orioles look forward to Baltimore arrival

SARASOTA, Fla. – Two of the most prominent new Orioles have little connection with Baltimore and haven’t had much exposure to the city.

One of them, Yovani Gallardo signed with the Orioles early in spring training, and another Mark Trumbo, was traded to the team with little advance warning in December.

Both, along with Pedro Alvarez, will be high profile players making the transition to a new city.

Alvarez, unlike the others, is an East Coast guy. Raised in New York, Alvarez, who has played five games at Oriole Park, has a close friend on the team, Ryan Flaherty who will make him feel welcome in his new baseball home.

Gallardo, who is from Texas, has pitched for the Brewers and Rangers, is looking forward to the change.

“It’s definitely a little bit different, to be honest. I’ve been there once—last year when I played there with Texas. I’ve got a little bit of a taste of the city. I went in the summer. It seems really nice, down by the water, the harbor and all that,” Gallardo said.

“You get to know a little bit about it just from talking to the guys around here in the clubhouse that have been there, where the good restaurants and that type of thing is.”

Gallardo knew he was going to be a free agent after last season, and he admitted he thought about prospective new homes when he visited each team during 2015.

“You’re in one city the next year, you’re in a totally different city the next one. I think going last year and seeing what it was like, it was definitely a big help,” Gallardo said.


Trumbo, who was traded, is still a season away from free agency status. He played his first six years with West Coast teams, the Angels, Diamondbacks and Mariners.

There is some familiarity with Baltimore since Trumbo has played 10 games there.

“You’ve got to get acclimated first of all. A checklist of figuring out where you’re going to live, your commute to the ballpark, how long it’s going to take, so you can factor that in every day. If it’s a cold weather city, then pack accordingly,” Trumbo said.

“It’s the same types of things that normal people would have to do if they had to make the adjustment. You try to get your house in order so you can have your clearest focus when you’re on the field. You’re not worrying about a bunch of other stuff that’s going on.”

Because Trumbo hadn’t gotten to the free agency stage, he wasn’t thinking about new cities last year as Gallardo was.

“People ask all the time which stadiums you really enjoy or which cities you enjoy,” Trumbo said.

“The reality is, until you get to a certain point in your career, you’re liable to go just about anywhere, and it can be totally unexpected. Baltimore wasn’t a team that I heard had any interest in me up until right before I came here. You’re going to have to process the information and take away all the positives and make yourself acclimated and part of the team.”

As a young baseball fan, Trumbo remembers Baltimore as the host of the 1993 All-Star Game.

“Iconic. The ballpark was something I watched as a kid, the Home Run Derby. I always had those memories of it, and actually playing there, it was every bit as cool as I expected. Lookswise, it’s a nice looking ballpark with a lot of history. It’s inspiring to get an opportunity to play out there. That’s how I always treated it when I came through,” Trumbo 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