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Can Orioles wait on Boras for Davis, Wieters, Chen?


Can Orioles wait on Boras for Davis, Wieters, Chen?

If the Orioles are serious about keeping Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Davis and Matt Wieters, they know they’re going to have to deal with Scott Boras.

They’ve dealt with Boras countless times before, and will again. Zach Britton is also a Boras client.

They signed another Boras player, Chris Parmelee to a minor league deal in January.

Boras is baseball’s most powerful agent, and one of the most hard to predict.

Yes, he has lots of top shelf clients, but he has some “while I’m in the office” guys, too. “Dan, while I’m in the office, let’s talk about Chris Parmelee.”

Boras almost always takes his players to the free agent market and generally disdains signing younger players to deals that take away free agent years, but does make exceptions.

Jered Weaver re-signed with the Angels, Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez signed a seven-year extension after his first full season in the majors, and Elvis Andrus inked an eight-year extension with Texas.

Sometimes Boras strikes quickly. Jayson Werth signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals as the 2010 Winter Meetings were getting underway.

Jacoby Ellsbury got a seven-year, $153 million contract with the Yankees before the 2013 Winter Meetings.

Often, he waits, and that’s where the problem lies.

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Let’s assume the Orioles tender qualifying offers to Chen, Davis and Wieters, and they’re rejected. The Orioles at least have extra draft choices next June.

But, if they’re serious about those players, they have to deal with Boras’ timetable.

In late Dec. 2008, he signed Mark Teixeira, who is no longer a client, to an eight-year, $180 million with the Yankees. The Orioles were on the fringes of that deal.

He may want even more for Davis, and he and the slugger may be willing to wait.

Prince Fielder didn’t sign his nine-year, $214 million contract with Detroit until Jan. 24, 2012, and this year, Max Scherzer’s seven-year, $210 million deal with the Nationals wasn’t done until Jan. 19.

If the Orioles seriously want to re-sign any of the Boras clients, they’ll have to try and make a preemptive offer quickly—or at least one early in free agent season.

This year’s Winter Meetings begin on Dec. 7 in Nashville, and Boras’ scrum with reporters is always a highlight. He compares his clients with baseball royalty and once complimented Dan Duquette’s hair during a discussion on Orioles free agents.

He uses the meetings to gin up interest in his players, but the Orioles need to have at least some of their deals done by then.

On Dec. 12, the team will hold FanFest. Season ticket holders will pepper Duquette and Buck Showalter with questions about free agents, and they’ll want answers.

Usually FanFest is held in late January, and often the team is relatively set by then. It won’t be this time.

The Orioles can’t risk more fan discontent by not making at least one major move by FanFest. Ideally, they’d be able to trot a new or re-signed player or two out to get some love from the fans.

They can't wait until mid-January because if they aren't going to sign those Boras clients, they'll have to look for replacements.

This time, the Orioles have to deal with Boras, who has had clients with qualifying offers wait even into the regular season to sign.

They can’t wait this year—even if Boras can.

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

Cal Ripken Jr.'s 25-acre, 8,545 square-foot home went up for auction this past Saturday and the highest bidder was......Adam Jones? 

The center fielder is purchasing the Orioles legend's former Reisterstown, Md. estate, according to The Athletic

Placed on the market in 2016 for $12.5 million, Ripken reduced the price to $9.7 million last year but was still unable to find a willing buyer. The estate was eventually put up for auction and sold to Jones for an undisclosed amount. 

The six bedroom home has 10 full bathrooms, a movie theater, a gym that overlooks an indoor basketball court, a pool and a baseball field with batting cages, a locker room and soaking tubs. One of the tubs was taken from Memorial Stadium and used by Johnny Unitas and Art Donovan, but Ripken is keeping that one. 

What makes this purchase even more interesting is that Jones will become a free agent at the end of the 2018 season, but that does not mean he plans on re-signing with the team. The 32-year old, who is in his last year of a six-year $85.5 million contract, is known to dip his toes in real estate investments and his wife, Audie Fugett, is a Baltimore native. 

The deal is scheduled to close on June 11. 


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David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense


David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense

BOSTON -- One strike away from a four-hit shutout, David Price happily settled for a complete game and his strongest outing of the season.

Price struck out eight and held Baltimore to five hits, including two in the ninth when the Orioles broke up the shutout before the Boston left-hander finished them off in a 6-2 victory for the Red Sox on Thursday night.

"He was amazing," Boston manager Alex Cora said. "He was outstanding. You saw it. Bad swings, up, down, in and out, changeup, cutter, sinkers ... that was fun to watch."

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first, and Xander Bogaerts homered with two on during a four-run fifth, giving Price more than enough cushion against the struggling Orioles.

Price (4-4) struck out eight and didn't walk a batter while winning consecutive starts for the first time this season. He cruised through the first eight innings before Andrew Susac led off the ninth with a double, the first Baltimore player to reach second base in the game.

Manny Machado spoiled the shutout bid with a two-out homer, but Price finished off Baltimore on Jonathan Schoop's pop-up to center as the Red Sox improved to 4-0 against Baltimore by taking the makeup game that was rained out on Patriots' Day.

"They're a free-swinging team," said Price, who threw just 95 pitches. "You can go out there and do that or you can go out there for three innings and give up a bunch of runs."

Danny Valencia had a pair of hits for the punchless Orioles, who have lost three of four and have the second-fewest wins in the American League. Valencia nearly had a double in the fifth, but got thrown out at second by left fielder Andrew Benintendi, one of several strong defensive plays that helped Price go the distance.

Hanley Ramirez also caught a foul pop on the top step of Boston's dugout in the second and Mookie Betts ran down a fly ball that was headed to the wall in right.

"The defensive plays that I had today, it makes everything a lot easier," Price said.

Kevin Gausman (3-3) went 4 2/3 innings for Baltimore, allowing six runs and eight hits while striking out six and walking two. He was pulled after Bogaerts drove a high fastball out to left with two men on during Boston's four-run fifth.

"We just got into some sticky situations where we just had to dig ourselves out of a hole and we just couldn't," Susac said.

The Orioles also weren't happy with the strike zone, which Susac said forced Gausman to throw some pitches the Red Sox pounced upon.

Manager Buck Showalter agreed with his catcher.

"I'm very biased, but I didn't think he got a fair shake tonight," Showalter said. "There were a lot of pitches that could have and should have gone his way."