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Upton deal with Tigers not similar to Davis'


Upton deal with Tigers not similar to Davis'

Justin Upton waited and got the contract he wanted. On Monday night, Upton agreed to a reported six-year, $132.75 million deal with the Detroit Tigers.

Upton’s contract came barely two days after Chris Davis agreed to a seven-year, $161 million deal with the Orioles.

While most in Baltimore are happy with Davis remaining with the Orioles, others aren’t, and wondered why the Orioles wouldn’t have gone with a younger, more athletic player in Upton—for a deal that wasn’t dissimilar.

Actually, the contracts are dissimilar. Upton gets $22.125 million a year—while Davis gets about $17 million for the six years with the rest deferred. Upton got an opt-out after two years, and the Orioles refused to offer anyone opt-outs.

Upton adds to an already fearsome Tigers lineup that includes Miguel Cabrera, Jose Iglesias, Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez, and Victor Martinez. Detroit’s payroll was estimated at $178.3 million before his signing.

He’s the second big free agent added by the Tigers. Early in the free agent process, Detroit signed former Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann for five years and $110 million.

With Upton gone, there are only five major free agents left: Yoenis Cespedes, Ian Desmond, Dexter Fowler, Yovani Gallardo and Howie Kendrick.

Only Cespedes comes without a qualifying offer.

Cespedes reportedly has interest from the Chicago White Sox, and his last team, the New York Mets, but he’ll probably not easily accept an offer that’s far away from what Upton signed for.

There’s been relatively little chatter about Desmond, Fowler and Kendrick this winter, but perhaps some one-year contracts will come into play if they remain unsigned into next month.

Desmond, the longtime Nationals shortstop had some interest from other clubs as a “super utility” player, but there’s been nothing concrete lately.

Gallardo is the only top shelf pitcher left, and while the Orioles have been linked with him throughout the process, he’s now likely seeking a contract similar to what Ian Kennedy got with Kansas City, five years, $70 million.

The Orioles aren’t going to five years for Gallardo.

When the five big names are accounted for, which should be soon, the real “January signings” begin.

Those are the one-year signings of bounceback players, an area where the Orioles should be extremely active.

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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."