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Should Orioles consider Daniel Murphy for first base?


Should Orioles consider Daniel Murphy for first base?

Ever helpful Orioles fans have suggested the team take a shot at luring Daniel Murphy to Baltimore.

Murphy has undoubtedly helped enrich himself with his outstanding postseason for the new National League champion New York Mets.

On Wednesday night, Murphy had four more hits and set a record by homering in his sixth straight postseason game as the Mets completed a four-game sweep over the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series.

Someone will pay Murphy.

In 2004, Carlos Beltran had a great postseason for the Houston Astros, helping to secure a huge contract with the Mets.

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Last year, another big time postseason performer, Pablo Sandoval cashed in with a big deal with Boston. It’s a deal the Red Sox are now regretting.

In 1986, the year the Mets last won the World Series, the Series MVP was Ray Knight, who batted .391.

Knight was a third baseman of no particular distinction other than having a terrific World Series in his contract year.

Unfortunately for him, owners colluded in the off-season, and he had to take a pay cut before signing a one-year, $600,000 contract with the Orioles for 1987.

Knight picked the wrong time to sign with the Orioles, who had an awful season under new manager Cal Ripken, Sr.

At 34, he hit .256 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs  as the Orioles lost 95 games. Knight played one more year, then retired.

Murphy has a lifetime .288 average and this year hit a career high 14 home runs before his out of body postseason.

He plays first base, second and third, though not particularly well. Though the Orioles will be looking for a new first baseman if Chris Davis leaves via free agency, they’ll undoubtedly have better options at first than Murphy.

While someone, perhaps the Yankees—or even his current team—will make him a rich man, the Orioles will resist the temptation to chase after a good player who is having the month of his life at the right time.

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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."