Player News - Orioles

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Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Orioles have the structure of a Manny Machado trade in place and are going through the "medicals/paperwork portion of the transaction."

Olney adds that the Dodgers "have been very invested" in pursuing Machado, in addition to the Phillies and other teams, but that a deal is not finished yet. Either way, all signs point to Machado beginning the second half with a new team. It’s very possible that a deal is essentially done and the Orioles would prefer to have him play Tuesday’s All-Star Game representing the team before an official announcement is made. In other words, there should be clarity very soon.
Jul 17 - 11:04 AM

Jon Heyman of FanCred reports that the Dodgers "appear to be the leading contender" in trade talks for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado.

This comes hours after Jon Morosi of MLB.com wrote that the Phillies were currently the "most likely destination" for Machado after the club expressed a willingness to include pitching prospect Adonis Medina in a potential deal. With that in mind, Heyman writes that the situation is "fluid" and that the Phillies, Brewers, and Diamondbacks could still have an outside chance. Prospects Dustin May and Gavin Lux are among the names linked in trade talks between the Dodgers and Orioles. If acquired by Los Angeles, Machado would take over at shortstop while Chris Taylor would move back to the outfield. Machado is set to represent the Orioles in Tuesday's All-Star Game, but it sounds like he could be in a different uniform later this week.
Jul 17 - 8:49 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies are currently the "most likely destination" for Manny Machado.

Morosi says the Phillies are willing to include pitching prospect Adonis Medina -- who is ranked by MLB.com as the No. 2 player in their system -- in a deal for Machado, which looks to have catapulted them into the lead for the infielder's services. Jon Heyman of Fancred, among others, has reported that the Orioles are close to trading their star, although Machado will be representing Baltimore during Tuesday's All-Star Game. The Dodgers and Brewers are looking like the two other clubs most hot on Machado's trail, although it appears they might have some catching up to do.
Jul 16 - 11:15 PM

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that the Cubs are one of eight teams that have expressed interest in acquiring Orioles' left-hander Zach Britton.

Britton's market has perked up in recent weeks as the 30-year-old left-hander has seemed to have rediscovered his form. His velocity is up, his sinker is biting once again, and he was able to record saves on back-to-back days over the weekend for the first time this season. Levine notes that the Cubs also have interest in Padres' closer Brad Hand, though the asking price will be much higher there as Hand is under contract for two additional seasons while Britton is a free agent at season's end.
Jul 15 - 10:20 PM

Adam Jones went 2-for-4 with three RBI in a victory over the Rangers on Sunday.

Jones picked all three of his RBI on a bases-loaded double in the third to give Baltimore a 5-4 lead. The 32-year-old outfielder's .299 on-base percentage of .299 leaves a lot to be desired, but his .275 average and .423 slugging percentage with 10 homers could be much worse. There are trade rumors involving Jones -- there are trade rumors involving every Oriole -- so there's a chance that his time with Baltimore is coming to an end. He does have the right to veto any trade, however, because of his 10-and-5 rights.
Jul 15 - 5:01 PM

Zach Britton pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his fourth save of the season against the Rangers on Sunday.

Britton had some issues with command, walking a hitter and throwing just 9-of-18 pitches for strikes. He was able to get the job done, however, and this makes seven-straight scoreless appearances for the former All-Star closer. Since coming back from the disabled list, his ERA now sits at 3.68, and he's 4-for-5 in save opportunities in 2018.
Jul 15 - 4:58 PM

Manny Machado went 1-for-1 with a homer and a walk in a 6-5 victory over the Rangers on Sunday.

Machado's homer was his 24th of the season, and it came off of Mike Minor in the first inning with no one on. There's at least a chance that this was the last time we see Machado in a Baltimore uniform -- not counting the All-Star game -- as trade rumors run rampant for his services. Whatever team acquires him will betting a hitter who has a line of .315/.387/.575 with 65 RBI and eight stolen bases on nine attempts.
Jul 15 - 4:56 PM

Miguel Castro allowed four runs over 2 2/3 innings in a no decision against the Rangers on Sunday.

Castro settled down after the first, but he walked the bases loaded to start the game, and allowed a one-out grand slam to Ronald Guzman to make it 4-0 Rangers. He didn’t allow a hit after that, but the damage was done. The 23-year-old was making a spot start and will take a 3.54 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 24 walks in 56 innings to the Baltimore bullpen into the second half.
Jul 15 - 4:52 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney was told by a source that the Manny Machado trade talks are at the "10-yard-line."

The same source told him a week ago that talks were at the 35-yard-line, for what it's worth. The Phillies, Brewers and Dodgers appear to have emerged as the three favorites for Machado and are "waiting for the goal line call," per Olney. The Yankees had been heavily involved in the Machado sweepstakes but appear to have fallen behind the pack at this point. It seems unlikely at this point that Machado will be traded before the All-Star break, but a deal sometime later this week is looking fairly likely.
Jul 15 - 2:49 PM

Miguel Castro will start for the Orioles on Sunday against the Rangers.

The O's waited until about 90 minutes before first pitch to finally name their starter. Castro isn't stretched out, so this will be a bullpen game.
Jul 15 - 11:32 AM

Zach Britton picked up his third save of the season, striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning during Saturday's win over the Rangers.

Margins don't get any tighter than this one, as the O's were clinging to a 1-0 advantage when Britton came on to pitch the ninth inning. He recorded the first two outs sans issue before stepping into a spot of trouble. Robinson Chirinos worked a walk against the southpaw and subsequently made it to second base on a wild pitch before Britton locked back in to strike out Joey Gallo to end the contest. In 14 appearances since coming back from his serious Achilles injury, Britton has pitched to a 3.95 ERA and 13/8 K/BB ratio. He's 3-of-4 in save opportunities. While these numbers don't necessarily inspire confidence, the veteran reliever might be starting to get back into the groove by degrees, having now turned in six consecutive scoreless appearances. The Phillies have reportedly been inquiring about Britton in trade discussions.
Jul 14 - 10:42 PM

Jonathan Schoop went 1-for-3 with a go-ahead sacrifice fly in Saturday's win over the Rangers.

Schoop managed a sacrifice fly off Martin Perez in the sixth inning. That might not seem like much, but it was everything in this one, as neither team would score again in the contest. The second baseman has been one of the more disappointing performers on the fantasy landscape to date, hitting just .228/.263/.391 with 10 home runs and 25 RBI in 75 games. That batting line looks all the limper when compared with the .293/.338/.503 triple-slash he posted last season.
Jul 14 - 10:32 PM

Yefry Ramirez did not allow a run over five innings of work while taking a no-decision in Saturday's win over the Rangers.

Ramirez was making a spot start in place of the injured Andrew Cashner (neck) on Saturday. He pitched well in the outing, striking out seven and walking three while giving up just two hits -- both singles -- over his five innings of work. Cashner should be able to return to the rotation at some point shortly after the All-Star break, but if he ends up facing an extended absence, the 24-year-old Ramirez could potentially see another turn or two through the rotation in the short term. On the whole, he's pitched to a 3.09 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 24/9 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings with the big league club this season.
Jul 14 - 10:12 PM

Jimmy Yacabonis will not start Sunday's game against the Rangers due to illness.

He was expected to make the start after keeping the Yankees to three runs over five innings in a spot start Monday, but the illness has changed the Orioles' plans. Starting Chris Tillman is an option, according to MLB.com's Britt Ghiroli, as is a bullpen game. Whatever they choose, starting an Orioles pitcher remains, as always, a bad and avoidable decision.
Jul 14 - 4:35 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Indians have expressed interest in Orioles' right-hander Mychal Givens.

The Indians are currently said to be discussing several players with the Orioles, including Manny Machado and Adam Jones, and now Givens can be added to the list as well. The right-hander, who is under team control through the 2021 season, owns an underwhelming 4.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 55/23 K/BB ratio across 47 innings this season, but was one of the top relievers in the league in 2017.
Jul 14 - 11:59 AM


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