Player News - Orioles

Date: Team: Pos:

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday that Andrew Susac (staph infection) will continue to be monitored at the hospital for the next 24-48 hours.

It was revealed on Sunday that Susac is dealing with a possible staph infection. There's no clear timetable for his return. Susac was expected to compete with Chance Sisco for the backup catcher job this spring, but he's going to get a late start at the very least.
Feb 19 - 2:59 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Chris Tillman is returning to the Orioles.

Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that it's a one-year, major league deal while Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports hears that it's worth $3 million. According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, Tillman chose the Orioles over accepting minor league offers with the Tigers or Blue Jays. The veteran right-hander is coming off a brutal year where he posted a 7.84 ERA over 19 starts and five relief appearances, but he's hoping to prove himself and hit the open market again next winter. If healthy, he'll presumably join a rotation which is also set to feature Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, and recent addition Andrew Cashner.
Feb 19 - 11:20 AM

Orioles re-signed INF Sharlon Schoop to a minor league contract.

Yes, he's the brother of Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop. He turns 31 in April and batted just .225/.289/.432 with five homers over 34 games last season between Double- and Triple-A. This is purely a depth move.
Feb 19 - 10:35 AM

Orioles signed INF Corban Joseph to a minor league contract.

He'll report to minor league camp. Joseph batted .275/.331/.398 over 89 games between the Nationals' Double- and Triple-A affiliates last season. The 29-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors since 2013 with the Yankees and will serve as organization depth with his newest team.
Feb 19 - 10:28 AM

Orioles signed OF Alex Presley to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Presley quietly produced a quality .314/.354/.416 batting line over 264 plate appearances with the Tigers last season. The 32-year-old should be in the mix for a reserve outfielder job this spring.
Feb 19 - 10:25 AM

According to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, free agent right-hander Chris Tillman threw for the Tigers on Saturday.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Sunday that Tillman will decide soon between the Orioles and two other teams. The Tigers are believed to be one of those clubs, while the Twins and Blue Jays have also expressed interest. While he's coming off of a miserable 2017 campaign, he's the type of asset that could eat innings and be flipped at the deadline if he pitches well, which would be attractive to a rebuilding Tigers' team.
Feb 18 - 7:27 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Chris Tillman will make a decision soon between signing with the Orioles or two other teams.

Heyman says that Tillman will likely make a call by Monday. The other clubs that have been connected to Tillman to this point other than the Orioles are the Tigers, Twins and Blue Jays, but it's unclear whether any of those teams are among the final cut. Tillman is coming off an awful 2017 campaign that saw him put up a 7.84 ERA over 19 starts and five relief appearances.
Feb 18 - 2:28 PM

Engelb Vielma's arrival in Orioles camp has been delayed by visa issues.

Vielma was acquired from the Giants last month. He'll compete for a utility role once he arrives in Florida.
Feb 18 - 2:19 PM

Andrew Susac will be shut down for at least 3-4 days with a possible staph infection.

Well, that's not how you want to start off camp with a new team. Hopefully Susac will wind up being fine, but for now the Orioles will have to bring in some catchers from the minor league side of camp.
Feb 18 - 1:02 PM

Manny Machado made it clear on Saturday that he wants to remain at shortstop when he hits free agency following the 2018 season.

Machado also said that he would like to stay with the Orioles, but understands the business side of the decision. So far, there have been no talks between Machado and the O's about a possible contract extension. Allowing him to play shortstop during the 2018 season should be a step in the right direction for the Orioles though regarding the chances of keeping him in Baltimore.
Feb 17 - 9:17 AM

Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that Chris Tillman is choosing between the Orioles, Twins, and two mystery teams, with his decision expected in the next three days.

Tillman suffered through a dreadful 2017 season with the Orioles, posting a 1-7 record with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances. In the five previous seasons he went a combined 65-33 with a 3.81 ERA in 143 starts. He is believed to be leaning toward a one-year contract with a low guaranteed salary and the potential to earn lucrative incentive-based compensation. He will try to rebuild his value in the hopes of landing a big-money deal next winter.
Feb 17 - 12:06 AM

Orioles placed LHP Zach Britton on the 60-day disabled list with a ruptured right Achilles tendon.

The move creates a spot on the 40-man roster for Andrew Cashner. Britton is expected to be out until around midseason while recovering from Achilles surgery. Brad Brach will likely handle the closing duties in the meantime.
Feb 16 - 8:37 AM

Orioles signed RHP Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million contract.

He can earn up to $5 million more each season in incentives and the deal also includes a $10 million vesting option for 2020. Cashner put up a 3.40 ERA over 166 2/3 innings for the Rangers last season, although that came along with an ugly 86/64 K/BB ratio. It would be a surprise if he has much mixed league value in 2018 while he calls Camden Yards home.
Feb 16 - 8:33 AM

MASN's Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles have signed free agent starter Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million contract.

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo hears the deal will include a $10 million vesting option for 2020 and $5 million in performance incentives each season. Cashner posted an ugly 86/64 K/BB ratio in 166 2/3 innings last year with the Rangers, but he still managed a 3.40 ERA (138 ERA+) and the Orioles have been in desperate need of decent starting pitching depth all offseason. There's not much to like here from a fantasy perspective, as the 31-year-old right-hander will probably have a difficult time navigating the small parks and big bats of the American League East.
Feb 15 - 2:08 PM

David Washington has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.

Washington appeared in three games with Baltimore in early 2017, striking out five times in six plate appearances and failing to pick up a hit. He was designated for assignment in June, but went unclaimed and finished the season with Triple-A Norfolk. Prior to that he spent eight years in the Cardinals' minor league system.
Feb 14 - 4:47 PM


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