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Orioles fans don't have many places to turn in postseason

Orioles fans don't have many places to turn in postseason

Most Orioles fans probably don’t have much rooting interest in the playoffs. It’s been just a week since the Orioles were eliminated in the painful wild-card loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, and in those seven days, the Jays have already moved on to the American League Championship Series to face the Cleveland Indians. 

Toronto swept the Texas Rangers in three games, and seeing the Rangers’ weaknesses in the series could only get Orioles fans who were watching, envious. 

During the regular season, the Orioles lost four of seven games to Texas, but won two of three in Baltimore just after the Rangers acquired Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy. 

A Blue Jays-Red Sox ALCS would have been even more painful, but the Cleveland Indians from whom the Orioles won five of six this season, swept Boston, too. 

Orioles fans who are still interested will be rooting for the Indians. The only ex-Oriole remaining in the series is Andrew Miller, who again has come up big in the postseason just as he did in 2014. 

With David Ortiz and the Red Sox abruptly out of the postseason, Orioles fans can root against Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion. 

Terry Francona aggressively used his bullpen, and his early use of Miller was striking. When the Indians’ starting pitching wavered, he brought in Miller as a swing man. 

Toronto hasn’t been to the World Series in 1993, and if the Indians go, it will continue Cleveland’s good sports fortune. 

The only former Oriole on the Blue Jays is Scott Feldman, who brings back some unpleasant memories. 

Along with Steve Clevenger, Feldman was acquired from the Chicago Cubs in July 2013 in exchange for Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop.

Arrieta hit a three-run home run on Monday night in the Cubs’ 6-5 13 inning loss to the San Francisco Giants. 

Orioles fans aren’t over the loss of Arrieta, who has been wonderful for the Cubs, but was a disappointment with the Orioles. At the time of the trade, Arrieta had been given multiple chances with the Orioles and needed to go elsewhere. 

It would have been interesting had the Orioles held onto Arrieta to see if now departed pitching coach Dave Wallace could have worked well with him. 

Arrieta and Strop are both terrific guys, and it’s great to see them doing well with the Cubs who seemingly were on their way to a three-game sweep. 

The game finally ended around 2:40 this morning, and the Cubs will have another shot at hosting the National League Championship Series. 

Chicago is the only team remaining in the postseason that the Orioles didn’t face this season. Since the Orioles last played the Cubs when they lost three straight games in Aug. 2014, Chicago has turned over its roster. 

The Cubs and Arrieta will make their first visit to Baltimore since 2003 right after the All-Star break next July. 

In August, the Orioles beat the Giants in two of three games at AT&T Park. Jonathan Schoop’s two out, ninth-inning three-run homer was the difference 

The Nationals are a game away from their first visit to the National League Championship Series after an excruciatingly long nine-inning win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

The Orioles won two of three in Los Angeles in July, including their longest game of the season, a 14-inning affair that look nearly 5 ½ hours, and in August took three of four against the Nationals. 

The Dodgers feature Rich Hill, who was with the Orioles in 2009 and Justin Turner, who played briefly with the Orioles in 2009 and 2010. The Giants and Nationals don't feature any former Orioles. 

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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 hecticfew 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

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Baltimore Orioles add to their rotation, sign RHP Andrew Cashner

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Baltimore Orioles add to their rotation, sign RHP Andrew Cashner

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Baltimore Orioles signed right-hander Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million contract on Thursday after searching for starting pitching all offseason.

The 31-year-old Cashner is 42-64 with a 3.80 ERA in eight major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, San Diego, Miami and Texas, including 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA for the Rangers last year. The deal with the Orioles has an option for 2020.

He'll join right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman in the rotation.

"I do know that they need some starting pitching, and here it is, show up every day and whoever I can help out, help out and my job is to come here and pitch and win," Cashner said.

Cashner's deal could be worth $41 million over three seasons if he pitches 200 innings annually. He gets a $3 million signing bonus, payable in equal installments each Jan. 15 from 2020 through 2021.

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Cashner has salaries of $5 million this season and $8 million in 2019, and there is a $10 million option for 2020 that would become guaranteed if he pitches 340 innings combined in the next two seasons. If he reaches 360 innings, it would become a player option.

He can make $5 million in performance bonuses each year.

There are $1,525,000 per season in bonuses based on starts: $250,000 each for 10 and 15, $625,000 for 20 and $400,000 for 30.

Cashner also can make $3,475,000 each year based on innings: $250,000 each for 110 and 120, $275,000 for 130, $350,000 for 140, $750,000 for 150 and $400,000 apiece for 170, 180, 190 and 200.

Cashner was at the Orioles' spring training facility, and was due to head to his Texas home for a few days before returning on Sunday when Baltimore's full squad is required to report. He'll likely work out with the team for the first time Monday.

He has little experience against the Orioles, but said he was excited to join the team.

"It's a lineup you can't really make a lot of mistakes against," Cashner said. "It's a lot of power in there, and I got to pitch (for) San Diego one year in Baltimore. Really cool stadium, really neat, a lot of history. It's one of my favorite places to pitch, so I'm looking forward to making that my home (stadium) every night."

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Manager Buck Showalter said Cashner would be an ideal addition to the club.

"He's a veteran starter. That's a good deal for both us and him," Showalter said. "He's a guy who's pitched well in the American League. That's something that I think played in his favor."

Cashner said that he began negotiations with Orioles Vice President of Baseball Operations Brady Anderson last fall and in a challenging offseason for free agents, he said patience was vital.

"I don't think it's been difficult. It's been interesting. It's been different," Cashner said.

To make room for Cashner on the 40-man roster, Baltimore placed left-hander Zach Britton (Achilles) on the 60-day disabled list.