Player News - Orioles

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According to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, MLB's senior vice president for baseball operations Kim Ng has "just surfaced" as a possibility for the Orioles' general manager position.

The Orioles' search has been quiet after parting ways with executive vice president Dan Duquette following the regular season, but Heyman hears that there's "definite interest" in Ng. She has long been mentioned as a possible general manager and is also a candidate with the Mets and Giants at the moment. Andy Martino of SNY.tv writes that Blue Jays vice president of player personnel and former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington could also be a possibility for the Orioles.
Oct 16 - 2:00 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred confirms that the Orioles have parted ways with executive vice president Dan Duquette.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic previously stated that the move was "expected." The O's cut ties with manager Buck Showalter on Wednesday morning, and it's only fitting that Duquette would follow him out the door given the dismal state of the organization, from the minor league system to the major league roster. Duquette joined the Orioles' front office in 2011 after spending nine years away from MLB. The team made the playoffs in 2012 for the first time since 1997, but 2018 yielded an embarrassing 47-115 record. A full rebuild is in order in Baltimore.
Oct 3 - 5:59 PM

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that Buck Showalter will not return to the Orioles next season.

It's seemed for quite some time now that Showalter wouldn't be back as the Orioles' manager, but another role in the organization was quite possible. Instead, he'll head elsewhere. Showalter went 669-684 in 8 1/3 years as the Orioles' manager and took the team to the postseason three times. He was 53 games over .500 with the club until this year's 47-115 performance.
Oct 3 - 12:31 PM

Trey Mancini went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in a win over the Astros on Sunday.

Mancini drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single off of Brad Peacock, and it gives him 58 RBI on the season. It was mostly a disappointing season for the 26-year-old, with an average of .242 and OPS of .715. He did hit 24 homers in his 156 games, however, so if he can see more pitches and improve the average, he has a chance to be a usable player in 2019.
Sep 30 - 5:41 PM

Jonathan Villar went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a steal against the Astros on Sunday.

Villar's two doubles give him four with the Orioles and 14 on the year, and the steal is the 35th of the season for the switch-hitter. His year ends with a .260/.325/.384 line along with 14 homers and 46 steals in 141 games with the Orioles and Brewers. Because of the speed, he has relevance, and he could be an undervalued player to target this spring.
Sep 30 - 5:38 PM

Jimmy Yacabonis pitched four scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Sunday.

A strong final appearance for Yacabonis, who allowed just one hit against the Houston lineup. That one hit was the only one the Orioles allowed all day, which just goes to show you how weird this sport can be. Yacabonis has been mostly ineffective in his time with the Orioles this season, but he did pitch better in September, which could be a good sign going forward. Assuming the Orioles are going to rebuild, he has a chance to earn a spot on the 2019 Opening Day roster, and possibly in the starting rotation. There won’t be much fantasy value there if he does, however, as seen in his 5.40 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 40 innings.
Sep 30 - 5:34 PM

Adam Jones went 2-for-3 and drew a walk as the Orioles fell to the Astros in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader.

As a team, the Orioles scratched out just two runs on six hits in the ballgame, with Jones being the only player to collect multiple hits. He'll enter Sunday's season finale, and perhaps his final game with the Orioles, slashing .283/.315/.422 with 15 homers and 63 RBI on the season.
Sep 29 - 10:43 PM

Yefry Ramirez logged a quality start in Saturday's loss to the Astros, allowing three runs on five hits over his six frames.

Ramirez punched out four on the night while issuing three free passes. Most of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Myles Straw jacking a solo homer in the first inning and Brian McCann adding a solo homer of his own in the sixth. Ramirez finishes the season with a 5.92 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 62/36 K/BB ratio across 65 1/3 innings.
Sep 29 - 10:43 PM

D.J. Stewart clubbed a game-tying, three-run longball as his team fell to the Astros on Saturday.

He went 1-for-4 on the afternoon. He whacked the bomb off reliever Joe Smith with Tim Beckham and Renato Nunez along for the ride in the seventh inning. It was the only scoring play of the game for the Orioles. The rookie outfielder is batting .243/.326/.568 with three homers and 10 RBI in 15 games.
Sep 29 - 9:00 PM

Dylan Bundy surrendered three runs in six innings and did not walk away with a decision against the Astros on Saturday.

He punched out seven batters against just one walk while allowing six base hits in the quality start. He served up a two-run tater to George Springer and a solo shot to Carlos Correa. Bundy's record remains 8-16 with a 5.45 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 31 starts. He owns a marvelous 184:54 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 171 2/3 innings. Home runs have been his bugaboo -- he leads the majors with 41 home runs allowed (James Shields comes in second with 34).
Sep 29 - 8:53 PM

Adam Jones went 1-for-4 with an RBI double on Friday, plating the Orioles' lone run in a loss to the Astros.

With the loss, the Orioles fall to a laughable 46-113 on the season. Jones put the Orioles on the board in the first inning, plating Jonathan Villar with his RBI double off of Gerrit Cole. Unfortunately for the O's, that was the extent of their offense in the game. Jones is having another rock solid season in the middle of the O's lineup, slashing .281/.313/.420 with 15 homers, 63 RBI and seven stolen bases. A free agent at season's end, Jones could be playing his final games in front of the home faithful in Baltimore this weekend.
Sep 28 - 10:03 PM

David Hess fired seven innings of one-run baseball in a tough-luck no-decision against the Astros on Friday.

The 25-year-old rookie right-hander finished the season with one of the finest starts of his rookie campaign. He scattered just three hits and a pair of walks while punching out four on the night. The only blemish on his day was a game-tying solo blast off the bat of Josh Reddick in the sixth inning. Hess finishes the season with a 4.88 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 74/37 K/BB ratio across 103 1/3 innings. He'll likely head into spring training next year hoping to compete for a spot in the club's Opening Day rotation.
Sep 28 - 9:58 PM

Chris Davis is not expected to play again this season.

Davis isn't injured, but the Orioles have just decided to shut him down. It concludes one of the worst seasons we've seen from a regular in recent memory, as Davis put up a hideous .168/.243/.296 batting line with 192 strikeouts over 522 plate appearances.
Sep 28 - 4:29 PM

Thursday's scheduled game between the Astros and Orioles in Baltimore was postponed due to rain.

It'll be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday. Gerrit Cole and David Hess, Thursday's scheduled starters, will presumably be pushed back to start on Friday.
Sep 27 - 6:45 PM

Trey Mancini went 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBI and a walk to lead the Orioles to a 10-3 win over the Red Sox in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader.

Mancini also homered in the first game, which put him even with his 2017 total of 24 homers. Unfortunately, he's been quite a bit worse in terms of average, OBP and slugging this year, while continuing to struggle mightily on defense. He's still going to be in the Orioles' plans for 2019, but his future as a long-term regular should be in doubt.
Sep 26 - 11:42 PM


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