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Gausman signs with Orioles

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Gausman signs with Orioles

Kevin Gausman says he wants to immerse himself in Baltimore. He got off to a good start on Friday. For his introductory press conference, he wore a Ravens purple shirt and tie.Gausman, the fourth overall pick in the draft, signed with the Orioles with seconds to go before the Friday 5 p.m. deadline.According to Baseball Americas Keith Law, Gausman signed for a 4.32 million bonus, slightly above the suggested slot.We exchanged numbers we stayed with last night. There was more haggling today. A lot of terms to discuss today, several actually. More than I would have liked, Gary Rajsich, the Orioles scouting director said.I was real optimistic we could get it done, Rajsich said.Under last years Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams could be taxed or lose draft picks if they exceed their budget. They did not.In the past, if you wanted a player, you just paid them a little more money. You cant do that now, Rajsich said.The 21-year-old Gausman, went 11-1 with a 2.72 ERA in his sophomore season at LSU. He struck out 128 and walked 27 in 115 23 innings. Gausman took a physical on Friday and was unhappy because he had to fast this morning.Its been stressful. I didnt sleep very much last night, Gausman said. I was a little grumpy the whole day.Gausman stepped on the field after the third inning, wearing a jersey with his name and the No. 12. He looked around Oriole Park and waved as he was introduced to the crowd.Earlier this week, Gausman gave an interview to the New Orleans Times Picayune, where he indicated he was willing to return to LSU.On Friday, he was all Orioles.I was confident we were going to get a deal done, Gausman said. Im just real excited about the road were going to get started on soon.Dan Duquette, the Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations, said that hes not sure where Gausman will start his professional career.Thats a conversation that we need to have with Kevin, Duquette said. Well have that conversation in the next couple of days.After completing his season at LSU last month, Gausman took a few weeks off, but he resumed throwing recently.That little bit of time that I took off was just what I needed, Gausman said.

The right-hander tweeted the news on Friday afternoon.Happy to be the newest member of the Baltimore Orioles organization!!! Living my dream!! Go Birds! Gausman wrote.The Orioles didnt sign Colin Poche, their fifth-rounder, a high school pitcher from Texas. Hell go to the University of Arkansas and was the only pick of the top 10 not to sign. As expected, Ryan Ripken, their 20th round pick will go to the University of South Carolina instead.The team signed 30 of their 40 draft picks.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

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Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

When the Capitals acquired defenseman Michal Kempny on Monday, that put the team at the maximum of 23 players on the roster including eight defenseman.

Another move seemed likely and the Caps made it on Tuesday by placing veteran blueliner Taylor Chorney on waivers.

Teams now will have 24 hours to potentially claim Chorney. Should he clear at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, it is expected that he will be sent to the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Whether he is claimed or sent to Hershey, his entire $800,000 cap hit will no longer count against the Capitals' salary.

One important thing to note, however, is that placing Chorney on waivers was not required in order for Washington to remain under the salary cap.

Having eight defensemen would mean scratching two every game — assuming the team does not dress seven and after that failed experiment in last year's playoffs, why would they — which means it would be a struggle to make sure everyone gets consistent playing time in the final weeks of the season.

Perhaps placing Chorney on waivers is the team trying to get him more playing time to keep him sharp in case the team suffers injuries on the blue line and he is called upon in the playoffs.

Or perhaps it could mean something else.

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Chorney played on Feb. 15, but that was during the mentor's trip. Barry Trotz's policy for those trips is to get everyone in at least one of those two games. Before that, Chorney had not played since Jan. 2. It certainly seems like the team was comfortable with him being the designated No. 7 and was not all that concerned about getting him regular playing time before now.

When asked if the Kempny trade would mean any roster moves, Trotz said Monday that he was not sure and hinted that perhaps more moves could be coming from general manager Brian MacLellan. Moving Chorney's salary off the books does not clear much cap room, but it does clear some.

Perhaps MacLellan has another move up his sleeve before Monday's trade deadline.