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What is the Orioles' shopping list for Winter Meetings?


What is the Orioles' shopping list for Winter Meetings?

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Even if the Orioles do indeed re-sign Darren O’Day, they have a number of other holes to fill. They’ll use the Winter Meetings to survey the market.

Of the Orioles’ six secure positions—five of them are manned by right-handed hitters: J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo. The other one is Matt Wieters, who’s a switch hitter.

They probably need help from the other side.

“We picked up Trumbo, who should help, and Trumbo’s best position probably is first base. We’re still looking for help in the outfield. Our preference would be a left-handed hitter. We’re looking at a couple options on the market to fill that need,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said on Sunday night.

Trumbo could replace Chris Davis, who hasn’t decided on his next destination. Duquette said that there was nothing new to report on the first baseman or the Orioles’ competition for his services.

“I don’t know what the other teams’ market is for him,” Duquette said.

The Orioles could have interest in Pedro Alvarez, a left-handed power hitter who was non-tendered by the Pittsburgh Pirates last week. He could balance the right-handed hitters in the lineup. Another free agent the Orioles have been linked to is Kansas City’s Alex Gordon

“We’d like to get a left-handed bat to balance out our ballclub. We’d like to add a left-handed hitter,” Duquette said.

Besides looking for outfielders, the Orioles are looking for a starting pitcher. Wei-Yin Chen, who was the only left-hander in last year’s rotation, and he’s a free agent. It’s not imperative to get a left-hander, but it is preferable.

“We could use a lefty to balance our rotation. We’d be OK with five righties, but ideally we’d like to get some balance to our lineup and our rotation,” Duquette said.

Assuming O’Day returns, the Orioles will have a deep and accomplished bullpen with Brad Brach, Zach Britton and Mychal Givens, who impressed in the last two months of 2016. If that’s the case and the Orioles don’t sign an accomplished left-handed starter, Brian Matusz, who would love to return to starting, could get another shot.

“We usually stretch him out in the spring, so that’s something we could look at in the spring. And if we didn’t have a lefty, that’s something we might take a little longer look at. Brian usually throws pretty well in the spring, gets his pitches in shape, so Buck [Showalter] gives him that opportunity,” Duquette said.

It seems the Orioles won’t chase after the high-end free agent pitchers.

 “That market’s moving pretty quick. The top end of the market, the prices are staggering, staggering. I don’t know it sustains itself. We’ll see. It tells me we need to develop Kevin Gausman and Mike Wright and Ty Wilson and do everything we can to help them become good major league pitchers,” Duquette said.

Duquette said that the Orioles’ payroll has been moving up.

“The fans have come out and supported the team. And to the extent they’ve come out and supported the team, we’ve taken the money and invested it back in the team in payroll. So we’ve been able to increase the payroll the last couple of years. So we’re going to continue doing that,” Duquette said.

[RELATED: Orioles GM explains status of talks with Darren O'Day]

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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