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Looking at the Orioles' needs halfway through the offseason

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Looking at the Orioles' needs halfway through the offseason

As we head into the throes of holiday season, baseball’s hot stove period is nearing its midway point. And while the Orioles have made a few moves by trading for first baseman Mark Trumbo and re-signing Darren O'Day, there is still heavy lifting to be done before the team heads to Sarasota for spring training in February. 

Here are the three areas the Orioles still need to address now that we're halfway through the offseason:

 

1. The Chris Davis saga. It seems the Orioles' negotiations to re-sign free agent slugger Davis continue to drag on at a snail's pace. If their reported offer of seven years, $150 million is still on the table, Dan Duquette and company have to find a way to get a decision out of the 29-year-old first baseman and agent Scott Boras soon. If he signs, then Baltimore will have kept its biggest and best power bat. If he doesn't, then the O's are free to use that money to fill other holes. Whatever the outcome, they'll be better off once this standstill is over.  

2. Finding an everyday corner outfielder. One of the biggest disappointments for the Orioles in 2015 was that they couldn't adequately replace Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz once they left for free agency last winter. Other than stalwart centerfielder Adam Jones, Baltimore's outfield was seemingly reshuffling the deck every few weeks. Whether it was Alejandro De Aza, Delmon Young, Travis Snider, David Lough or Delmon Young, the Birds simply couldn't find players to lock down either of the corner outfield spots. 

That has to change this offseason. So far, the O's are said to have been interested in some of the big names out there such as Justin Upton and Yoenis Cespedes. But is it likely that this team, which has historically shied away from handing out big free agent contracts, would be willing to spend the type of cash it would take to acquire those players? There doesn't seem to be much of a precedent for it — especially if the aforementioned Davis is re-signed. That said, the second-tier options like Denard Span and Alex Gordon could fill the void, provided that they can stay healthy.

3. Acquiring a starting pitcher (or two) to replace Wei-Yin Chen. It seems apparent that if the Orioles are to find significant help in the rotation in the next few months, Duquette will have to get resourceful. The top-end arms are either no longer available or out of the Birds’ price range, so once again the second-tier market is key. Baltimore has been reportedly linked to Scott Kazmir, Mat Latos and Yovani Gallardo during the past few weeks — each of whom would be a big help for a group that ranked 25th in the majors in starter ERA at 4.53.   

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Orioles Roundup: Yefry Ramirez struggles in Sunday matinee vs. Indians

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Orioles Roundup: Yefry Ramirez struggles in Sunday matinee vs. Indians

The Orioles got blanked in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the series against the Indians.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and Cleveland:

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Yefry Ramirez gave up five runs on six hits in just 3 innings against Cleveland and was promptly returned to Triple-A Norfolk

Chris Davis was neutralized against the Indians, going 0-for-4 Sunday afternoon, while dropping his batting average to .179.

INDIANS:

Shane Bieber struck out 15 while firing off a complete game shutout in Sunday's 10-0 win over the Orioles.

Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a stolen base, a walk and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Orioles.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Monday 5/20: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 

Tuesday 5/21: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 

Wednesday 5/22: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium  

Source: Rotoworld

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Orioles Roundup: Indians take down O's in 21-run slugfest

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Orioles Roundup: Indians take down O's in 21-run slugfest

The Orioles lost their series opener in Cleveland 14-7 Thursday night. Here's the latest O's and Indians news. 

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Trey Mancini launched a three-run home run in the third inning of Thursday's loss, his ninth homer on the year. Rio Ruiz chipped in with a two-run shot of his own, while Stevie Wilkerson went 2-for-4 with two RBI. 

Gabriel Ynoa suffered the loss, allowing four runs in 1 2/3 innings of work in relief of Dan Straily, who also gave up four runs. 

The Orioles activated relief pitcher Richard Bleier from the 10-day injured list Thursday. Bleier had been sidelined for almost five weeks with left shoulder tendinitis. RHP Jimmy Yacabonis was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk to make room on the roster.

INDIANS:

Jason Kipnis had a monster night at the plate Thursday, hitting two homers and driving in six runs. Carlos Santana also did major damage, collecting three RBI. 

Trevor Bauer allowed seven runs in five innings of work Thursday night, while the Indians bullpen polished off the win with four scoreless innings. A.J. Cole earned the win after tossing 1 1/3 innings in relief of Bauer.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 5/17: Orioles @ Indians, 7:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Saturday 5/18: Orioles @ Indians, 4:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Sunday 5/19: Orioles @ Indians, 1:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Source: Rotoworld

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