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The Orioles officially announced the hiring of Brandon Hyde as their new manager on Friday.

It was reported on Tuesday that Hyde would be the Orioles' pick, and they will introduce him at a press conference on Monday. Hyde had been a coach with the Cubs since 2013 and prior to that was a coach with the Marlins.
Dec 14 - 4:03 PM

Phillies selected INF Drew Jackson from the Dodgers with the 11th pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Orioles for international bonus dollars.

Baltimore gets another middle-infield option after selecting Richie Martin with the first pick. Jackson hit .251/.356/.447 with 15 homers and 22 starts while splitting time between second and short in Double-A last season. He's a better bet than Martin to hit in the majors, but he probably faces more of an uphill battle to make the team.
Dec 13 - 12:48 PM

Orioles selected SS Richie Martin from the Athletics with the No. 1 overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

Martin is known more for his defense than offense, but he posted a promising .300/.368/.439 batting line with six home runs and 25 stolen bases over 118 games this past season with the Double-A affiliate of the Athletics. Baltimore will have to carry the 23-year-old shortstop on its major league roster in order to keep him. He could potentially see regular playing time out of the gate with the rebuilding O's.
Dec 13 - 12:06 PM

MASN's Roch Kubatko writes that the Orioles have "definitely made it known" that they would move Alex Cobb in the right deal.

Cobb had a dreadful first half in Baltimore this past season, but he did register a 2.59 ERA over his final 66 innings (11 starts) between July 13 and September 23. The 31-year-old right-hander is entering the second year of a four-year, $57 million contract. He's still owed $43 million of that. Kubatko notes that the O's would probably have to eat some money to get a substantial return.
Dec 12 - 11:16 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post clarifies that the Mets did not have an in-person meeting with Adam Jones this week.

It's a correction of a previous report. Puma notes that the Mets do have interest in Jones and there has been "communication between the two sides," but it seems to be just one of many avenues the team is exploring. Jones hit .281/.313/.419 with 15 home runs and 63 RBI over 145 games with the Orioles in 2018. The 33-year-old outfielder may have to settle for a one-year contract this winter.
Dec 12 - 6:43 PM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets had an in-person meeting with free agent Adam Jones this week in Las Vegas.

Puma writes that Jones is "among the right-handed bat options they are considering" for their outfield. The Mets seem to have a lot of different things in the works at the moment, so it's difficult to gauge exactly how serious they are about adding Jones. The 33-year-old slashed .281/.313/.419 with 15 home runs and 63 RBI over 145 games with the Orioles in 2018.
Dec 12 - 1:48 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles have hired Brandon Hyde to be their next manager.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post was first to report that an agreement was close. Hyde, 45, operated as the Cubs' bench coach in 2018 and previously served as their director of player development and first base coach. Manny Acta, Mike Redmond, Mike Bell, Pedro Grifol, and Chip Hale were among the other finalists to replace Buck Showalter in Baltimore.
Dec 11 - 8:02 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that former Nationals and Indians manager Manny Acta is a candidate for the Orioles' managerial vacancy.

We can add him to a list that also includes Mike Redmond, Mike Bell, Pedro Grifol, Chip Hale and Brandon Hyde. The Orioles reportedly would prefer someone with managerial experience, which would seem to give Acta, Hale and Redmond a leg up.
Dec 10 - 7:06 PM

Colby Rasmus is "done and enjoying life," a friend of the former outfielder tells Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports.

That was the assumption already after Rasmus left the Orioles around midseason, but now it's apparently official. Assuming he's done once and for all, the 32-year-old will walk away with a .241/.310/.436 batting line and 166 homers over 10 seasons in the majors. He appeared in just 18 games with the Orioles in 2018.
Dec 10 - 2:26 PM

Orioles claimed INF/OF Rio Ruiz off waivers from the Braves.

Ruiz, 24, has batted just .189/.282/.302 over 195 plate appearances during his sporadic chances in the majors. However, he's in a better situation for at-bats in Baltimore and will be reunited with new Orioles GM Mike Elias, who drafted him while working for the Astros.
Dec 10 - 2:06 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Mike Redmond has interviewed for the Orioles' managerial job.

Mike Bell, Pedro Grifol, Chip Hale and Brandon Hyde are among those that have already interviewed for the position. Orioles' general manager Mike Elias would prefer to hire someone with previous managerial experience, which would be a point in Redmond's favor.
Dec 9 - 8:07 PM

Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that Chris Johnson plans to meet with teams at next week's Winter Meetings.

Johnson, 34, didn't play anywhere in 2018 after hitting .301/.330/.506 with 10 homers over 62 games for the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate in 2017. Murray says that Johnson will meet with some Asian teams next week, as well, for possible opportunities overseas.
Dec 7 - 1:20 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Nationals bench coach Chip Hale, Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde and Royals quality control coach Pedro Grifol will interview for the Orioles' managerial vacancy.

Rosenthal says the O's will conduct at least six in-person interviews, and Peter Gammons says Diamondbacks director of player development Mike Bell will be another one of the interviews. New Baltimore general manager Mike Elias is said to prefer someone with managerial experience, which would favor Hale of the aforementioned candidates.
Dec 2 - 10:56 AM

Orioles non-tendered C Caleb Joseph.

The 32-year-old backstop had a rough season at the dish in 2018, hitting just .219/.254/.321 with three homers and 17 RBI in 265 at-bats. He'll try to latch on elsewhere, presumably on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Nov 30 - 8:36 PM

Orioles non-tendered INF Tim Beckham.

The top overall selection from the 2008 draft, it appeared that Beckham was finally on the verge of a breakthrough after his strong finish to the 2017 season. He entered the 2018 campaign with a secure starting job for the first time in his career, but floundered, slashing just .230/.287/.374 with 12 homers and 35 RBI in 402 plate appearances. There's always someone willing to gamble on talent, so Beckham should attract interest once again on the open market.
Nov 30 - 8:33 PM


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