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Orioles have six free agents; How many will be back?


Orioles have six free agents; How many will be back?

Barring a miracle, this iteration of the Orioles will end in 23 games.
At the end of the season, Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Davis and Matt Wieters all become free agents.

It would be a surprise if any returned.

Besides those three, Darren O’Day, Gerardo Parra and Steve Pearce can also depart.

What are the chances they’ll be back? Who could replace them?


For the second time in as many years, the Orioles could lose the major league home run king via free agency.

A year ago, Nelson Cruz left for a four-year contract. Davis should beat that.

Davis won’t be 30 until next year, and with his 22 home runs and 51 RBIs in second half games, he’s gotten hot at the right time.

Last month, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said in a talk to season ticket holders that the Orioles wanted to re-sign Davis.

Davis has consistently avoided contract talk this season, and it’s highly questionable that the Orioles could outbid others.

WHERE DOES HE GO?: The Astros, Red Sox and even the Yankees could give him a five-year deal in the $100 million area.

WHO REPLACES HIM?: There’s no likely first baseman on the major league roster. Christian Walker and Trey Mancini are highly thought of, but Walker has little major league experience, and Mancini hasn’t played above Double-A.

Besides Davis, it’s an unimpressive lot of free agent first basemen out there. The Orioles are likely to trade for a 2016 first baseman and hope that Walker or Mancini are the long-term answers.


Had Wieters not had Tommy John surgery last year, he could have eclipsed Russell Martin’s five-year, $82 million deal from last year.

Because he hasn’t often caught on consecutive days since returning in June, some have questioned whether he’ll get more than a three-year contract.

Wieters, Chen and Davis will all refuse qualifying offers by the Orioles.

There will only be a handful of catchers on the market and Scott Boras, who represents Chen, Davis and Wieters, will be able to cash in.

WHERE DOES HE GO?: The smart money is on Atlanta, where Wieters lives in the off-season, but the Diamondbacks and White Sox desperately need catching and could add a fourth or five year.

WHO REPLACES HIM?: Caleb Joseph is a reasonable choice, and Steve Clevenger has impressed since his return. Clevenger may be useful in other positions, so it’s likely the Orioles add a veteran catcher, too.


The Orioles would like to have Davis back and are resigned to Wieters’ leaving, but there seems to be almost no likelihood that Chen will be back.

The Orioles have nurtured Chen, trying to rest him. He rebelled in June when they briefly sent him to Frederick to try and keep him fresh.

In his first four major league years, Chen has a 43-31 record with a sub-4 ERA. He’s struck out more than three times as many batters as he’s walked.

The $15.466 million he’s earned in the four years is a bargain, and he could approach that total in annual salary on a three-year deal.

WHERE COULD HE GO?: The market is full of big name pitchers: Johnny Cueto, Zack Grienke, David Price and Jordan Zimmermann are the stars.

Chen could fit into the second tier with teams that miss out on one of the bigger names.

Arizona, San Diego, Texas, both Los Angeles teams and Seattle could work for Chen.

WHO REPLACES HIM?: The Orioles don’t have another left-handed starter close to major league ready, so they’ll have to trade for one or sign another free age


Parra was having a career year when he was traded to the Orioles on July 31, but he’s scuffled since.

Without him, the Orioles having a gaping hole in right field, and as Buck Showalter would say, they’ll have to spend all winter looking for a player like him.

WHERE DOES HE GO?: The guessing here is the Orioles re-sign him for a four-year deal at $40 million.


O’Day has been brilliant during his time with the Orioles, but one area the team has excelled at is acquiring and developing relievers.

In his four years with the Orioles, O’Day is 23-8 with a 1.97 ERA and struck out nearly four times as many as he’s walked.

Look for a three-year deal at perhaps $18-20 million.

WHERE DOES HE GO?: O’Day likes the area, and the Nationals need relievers.

WHO REPLACES HIM?: The Orioles have Brad Brach, Mychal Givens and Chaz Roe, but O’Day will still be missed.

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After a terrific 2014 and a less-than-stellar 2015, Pearce could re-sign with the Orioles, say on a one-year, $4 million deal. If someone offers him two years, he’s gone.

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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."