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Orioles likely to have busy Rule 5 draft


Orioles likely to have busy Rule 5 draft

The Orioles will talk trades at the Winter Meetings. They’ll talk about free agents with their representatives. But, one thing is nearly certain. They’ll take at least one player in the Rule 5 draft.

The Rule 5 draft on Dec. 10 concludes the four-day circus. Each year since 2006, the Orioles have selected a player. Last year, they got two selections, one via a trade with the Houston Astros.

In Dan Duquette’s first four years, the Orioles have picked Ryan Flaherty, T.J. McFarland, Michael Almanzar, and last year, Jason Garcia and Logan Verrett.

Verrett went to Texas in the last week of spring training and was later returned to the New York Mets. There just wasn’t room enough for two Rule 5 picks on the roster.

Any player drafted has to be kept on the 25-man roster or else offered back to the team he was drafted from.

The Orioles got Jason Garcia through though he spent nearly half the season on the disabled list, and he now has three options.

This year, they may not take a pitcher because with Dylan Bundy out of options, the Orioles may have to keep Bundy on the roster—if he’s healthy. But, they still may.

It’s unlikely they’ll take a catcher or middle infielder. They seem well stocked with those, and first basemen are in short supply, so it doesn’t look like many will be available.

With the team in need of outfielders, it’s possible that they’ll look to the draft for one.

Who was the last outfielder drafted by the Orioles? Jose Bautista, who was listed as an infielder, was taken in 2003. He played a total of five innings as a third baseman for the Orioles in 2004. Overall, Bautista played in 16 games before moving on to Tampa Bay in June.

Bautista was with four teams in 2004, but didn’t become a star until 2010, his second year in Toronto.

Arguably the best Rule 5 pick in club history was Jay Gibbons, who was taken in 2000. Gibbons was listed as an infielder, too though he played much more in the outfield than he did at first base.

Gibbons played seven seasons for the Orioles, and hit 23 home runs and drove in 100 runs in 2003.

He spent 2015 as the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Northwest League affiliate, the Great Lakes Loons, but was let go after the season.

[RELATED: Orioles need a better 2016 from Tillman to contend]

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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."