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Who were the best first-round picks in Orioles history?


Who were the best first-round picks in Orioles history?

On Monday, the Orioles get two chances to make a first-round pick in the First Year Player Draft. They have the 25th and 36th choices. The 36th pick is in compensation for Nelson Cruz signing with Seattle.

Who are some of the best first-rounders in Orioles history. For argument’s sake, I’m including only true first-rounders, not supplemental picks. Brian Roberts, who was picked xx in 1999, was the best of those.

1) Mike Mussina

Mussina was the 20th pick in 1990’s draft. In a little more than a year, Mussina was in the majors.

What a career he had! With the Orioles, he was 147-81 with a 3.53 ERA. Mussina threw over 200 innings seven times in 10 Orioles seasons, and won 19 and 18 games twice.

His 147 wins trail only Jim Palmer and Dave McNally, and his 2,212 strikeouts are second to Palmer.

Mussina won four Gold Gloves.

2) Nick Markakis

Markakis, who was the seventh overall selection in 2003, had a stellar Orioles career. He’s sixth on the team’s all-time hit list with 1,547. He hit over .290 six times in nine Orioles season, and played a solid right field.

In five of his nine seasons, he played 160 or more games and won the Gold Glove twice.

3) Matt Wieters

Arguably the best catcher in Orioles history, Wieters was the fifth pick in 2007.
A three-time All-Star and a two-time Gold Glove winner, Wieters caught at least 130 games from 2011-13. He’s thrown out fully one-third of runners who tried to steal on him.

Wieters also hit more than 20 homers in each season from 2011-13.

4) Manny Machado

Sure, this may be a bit premature, but Machado is again showing why everyone was raving about him in his first two seasons.

He was the third overall pick in 2010 and signed just two weeks after Buck Showalter became the Orioles manager.

He led the American League with 51 doubles in 2013 and won the Platinum Glove.

Machado’s play at third base has been brilliant, and he’s under team control for another 3 ½ seasons.

5) Gregg Olson

Olson, who was the third overall pick in 1988, signed on June 28 and was in the majors just over two months later, had 160 saves for the Orioles. That’s still a club record.

Injuries greatly reduced his effectiveness, and while he played just six of his 14 seasons with the Orioles, they were by far his best.

After leaving the Orioles, Olson played for eight other teams and had 57 saves.

There were others who had good careers: Bobby Grich (1967), Rich Dauer (1974), Ben McDonald (1989), Jeffrey Hammonds (1992) and most interestingly, Jayson Werth (1997).

Werth was drafted by the Orioles as a catcher, but was converted to an outfielder and has played 12 seasons with the Blue Jays, Dodgers, Phillies and Nationals.

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Manny Machado trade rumors are dominating headlines at All-Star Game

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Manny Machado trade rumors are dominating headlines at All-Star Game

Manny Machado could very well be playing in his final game in an Orioles uniform Tuesday night when he takes the field for the 89th Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. 

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are now in the driver's seat as a favorite to land the All-Star shortstop. 

Machado, 26, has gone back and forth on what he does and does not know as front office deals develop and speculation continues to grow. One thing he has made clear is that the rumors have not detracted from his enjoyment of being an All-Star.

Machado is signed through the end of the season, but the Orioles intend to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

For the latest news and conversation surrounding Machado's status and the Orioles, follow along on Twitter


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Orioles reportedly have deal in place to trade Manny Machado to Dodgers


Orioles reportedly have deal in place to trade Manny Machado to Dodgers

When Manny Machado returns from the 2018 MLB All-Star Break, he will not be donning a Baltimore Orioles uniform. 

The All-Star shortstop is expected to be traded from Baltimore to the Los Angeles Dodgers, barring any last-minute changes, according to multiple media reports. 

That being said, the Machado trade talks remain fluid and both the Phillies and Brewers are still trying to work a trade for the 26-year-old third baseman, according to Jon Heyman. The Diamondbacks are also reportedly trying to lure the four-time All-Star to the desert, while the Yankees decided to pull out of the Machado sweepstakes just prior to the All-Star festivities in Washington, D.C. 

While the details of the trade have yet to be revealed, the Dodgers will reportedly include top outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz in the Machado trade, according to Heyman.

According to Jim Bowden, when regular-season play returns, Machado will be in the National League, although which team he plays for is still up in the air.

With the Orioles sitting a historically awful 39.5 games out of first place at the All-Star Break, trading Machado is the first major step toward a complete overhaul. The Orioles drafted Machado out of Brito High School in Miami, Fla., with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. Since then, Machado has drawn comparisons to iconic third basemen Brooks Robinson and Alex Rodriguez, despite being moved to shortstop full-time this past season, and is widely considered one of the three best position players in professional baseball.

Machado is currently batting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs.