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Adley Rutschman finally signed his contract with the Orioles and it could be a record-setter

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Adley Rutschman finally signed his contract with the Orioles and it could be a record-setter

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles have signed the top overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft, catcher Adley Rutschman of Oregon State.

The 21-year-old Rutschman, a switch-hitter, batted .411 with 17 home runs as a junior for the Beavers this year. He won the Golden Spikes Award, which recognizes the top amateur baseball player in the United States.

His reported record-breaking $8.1 million signing bonus would top a previous high set by Gerrit Cole ($8 million) when the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him No. 1 in 2011. 

Baltimore had not had the first draft pick since 1989, when it selected pitcher Ben McDonald out of LSU.

The Orioles announced the signing on Monday. The deadline to sign draft picks is July 12.

The team plans to introduce him to the crowd at Camden Yards on Tuesday during a game against the San Diego Padres.

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Robert Manfred hopes Orioles and Nationals resolve MASN dispute soon

Robert Manfred hopes Orioles and Nationals resolve MASN dispute soon

In a break from persistent questions about the Houston Astros and their cheating scandal, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred briefly addressed the Orioles and Nationals MASN dispute at a press conference Sunday.

Speaking at the Braves’ spring training facility, Manfred addressed the media — mostly about the Astros — but fielded one question about the Orioles and their ongoing litigation with the Nationals over the television network that covers them both.

“In terms of the MASN dispute, there’s an RSDC (Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee) ruling,” Manfred said. “There’s a sum of money that is due and owing. There’s some legal issues surrounding those payments that need to be resolved and I’m hopeful that once those back payments get made, we’ll get into a regular process for setting rights fees for both clubs and moving forward in a more business-like way.”

The Nationals, who came to Washington, D.C., in 2005, have been in dispute with the Orioles since 2012, when the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement over how much money the Nationals should receive.

In late September 2019, The Baltimore Sun reported that the two sides were still about $30 million apart from an agreement. According to that same report, the Nationals received $41.5 million in profits during a five-year stretch from 2012-16. The Orioles received $234.8 million.

The original deal, which was set into place in 2005, heavily favored the Orioles. The Nationals’ stake in MASN was 10 percent and set to increase slowly until the year 2032.

Baltimore, which has won a combined 101 games in the last two seasons, is once again expected to find itself at the bottom of the standings. Washington is fresh off a World Series victory, its first in franchise history.

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Chris Davis briefly considered retirement over the offseason

Chris Davis briefly considered retirement over the offseason

Chris Davis has three years left on his seven-year, $161 million contract. And he nearly walked away from it.

According to multiple reporters in Sarasota, Florida for the Orioles' first team workout of the spring, Davis admitted he considered walking away from baseball after another rough season. 

Davis, 33, slashed .179/.276/.326 last season with 36 RBIs and 12 home runs — the lowest totals of his career in a season in which he played at least 100 games.

After signing his monster contract in 2016, Davis’ play has fallen significantly. In those four years, he’s slashed .198/.294/.385 and struck out 745 times in 2,063 plate appearances. 

With the Orioles in the midst of a rebuild, there will soon be younger talent looking to take over Davis’ spot at first base. The first player in that wave will be Ryan Mountcastle, who last season in Triple-A Norfolk earned International League Most Valuable Player after a season where he slashed .312/.344/.527 and had 25 home runs and an .871 OPS. 

Davis also told reporters that if his play doesn’t improve, he’ll have the same conversation with his wife after the 2020 season. 

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