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Orioles' off-season decisions start now

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Orioles' off-season decisions start now

The official off-season begins now.

The Orioles closed their offices on Monday because of Hurricane Sandy, and no official announcements should be forthcoming.

Players can declare for free agency, but no player can sign with another team until Saturday. That gives the Orioles the chance to negotiate with Endy Chavez, Dana Eveland, Nick Johnson, Nate McLouth, Ronny Paulino, Joe Saunders, Jim Thome and Randy Wolf.

MLBTraderumors.com lists Luis Ayala as a free agent, but the Orioles can keep him by exercising his $1 million option for next season. They’ll do that.

Eveland and Paulino declared for free agency earlier this month. The Orioles have no interest in re-signing them. They have little interest in Chavez, either. Johnson will probably retire.

Wolf is having Tommy John surgery and won’t be able to play in 2013, so he’s out, too.

There’s little urgency in deciding about Thome. He hasn’t yet publicly announced whether he’d like to play again next year and there’s no likely to be much of a market for a 42-year-old designated hitter who was injured much of the season.

Nate McLouth and Saunders are the only real concerns. Saunders made $6 million last season, and was valuable to the Orioles, especially in the postseason.

How much do the Orioles want him? How much of a hometown discount would he give his near-hometown team?  Does Saunders want to explore free agency and see how much he’s worth?

McLouth's two months with the Orioles were impressive, but he may want to try and cash in with a team that might guarantee him playing time.

The Orioles may begin making moves with their 40-man roster later this week, but other than exercising Ayala’s option or a possible Saunders extension, this week may be a quiet one.

Hurricane Sandy will make sure it starts off that way.


 

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Orioles Roundup: Nunez impresses in loss to Yankees

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Orioles Roundup: Nunez impresses in loss to Yankees

The Orioles lost a nailbiter before falling to the Yankees 6-5 Thursday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Dylan Bundy surrendered three runs in 5 2/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Yankees. The bullpen was unable to manage after Bundy pitched a fair performance.

Renato Nunez went 2-for-3 and hit a three-run homer against the Yankees on Thursday. Nunez has improved mighily in year number two with the O's.

YANKEES:

Masahiro Tanaka held the Orioles to one run through six innings in his start Thursday.

Luke Voit homered and doubled Thursday as the Yankees slipped by the Orioles 6-5.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field

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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

The Orioles made a flurry of moves before falling to the Yankees 7-5 Wednesday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Baltimore acquired OF Keon Broxton from the Mets for international signing bonus slots. Broxton hit .143 in 34 games with New York this season before he was designated for assignment last week. The Orioles designated RHP Yefry Rodriguez for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Broxton. 

The Orioles transferred RHP Alex Cobb from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL, meaning he won't be back until late June at the earliest. Cobb has been out since April 27 with a lumbar strain. Baltimore also claimed RHP Chandler Shepherd off waivers for the Cubs and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. 

YANKEES:

Giancarlo Stanton has been pulled away from his rehab assignment with High-A Tampa and placed back on the 10-day injured list with left calf tightness. Per manager Aaron Boone, Stanton will be shut down for the next 7-10 days. 

Boone also told reporters Zach Britton was unavailable for Wednesday's game against his former team, and CC Sabathia could miss his next start due to knee trouble. 

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 5/23: Orioles vs. Yankees, 12:35 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field