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Mariners claimed outfielder John Andreoli off waivers from the Orioles.

Andreoli opened last season in the Mariners system, but the Orioles claimed him off waivers in August. He didn't impress in his audition for Baltimore, hitting .232/.279/.268 in 56 at-bats. He's usually been a good on-base guy in the minors, but it doesn't seem like the all-around game is there to make him very useful in the majors.
Oct 31 - 3:26 PM

Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports that the Orioles are close to a deal with Cuban outfielder Victor Victor Mesa.

It marks a huge change in philosophy by the Orioles, as they've been known to essentially ignore the Latin American prospect market. Mesa is ranked by Baseball America as the top prospect for the 2018-19 international signing period. He hasn't technically been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball yet, so the signing might not be announced for a while.
Jul 27 - 5:05 PM

Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports that the Astros and Yankees are "in the lead" in trade talks for Orioles closer Zach Britton.

Trade talks appear to getting close to a conclusion, but Bowden adds that several other teams are still in play. With that in mind, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears that the Red Sox and Brewers are also involved. The Cubs have been mentioned as a possibility in recent days, but Rosenthal writes that as of Monday the club didn't appear as engaged on Britton as other clubs, though they have also talked to the Orioles about starters Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. Britton was initially shaky after coming off the disabled list, but he's delivered eight straight scoreless appearances while showing increased velocity. It's good timing for the Orioles.
Jul 24 - 9:34 AM

According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the Orioles have "explored (the) possibility" of signing free agent Hanley Ramirez.

Rosenthal goes on to note that the level of interest on the part of the Orioles is unclear, as is the possible fit on a roster that already includes designated hitter types Chris Davis and Pedro Alvarez. Here's another question that would need to be answered: wut? The O's have won 17 games this year and are closer to rebuilding than restocking, so signing a 34-year-old designated hitter doesn't seem to make much sense on the surface. We'll see if this has any legs or if it's just the Orioles doing some due diligence.
Jun 2 - 4:18 PM

Diamondbacks acquired RHP Stefan Crichton from the Orioles for cash considerations; optioned him to Triple-A Reno.

Crichton was a surprisingly early cut from Orioles camp last month, and he found himself bumped from the 40-man just prior to Opening Day. He gave up 11 runs over 12 1/3 innings in his major league debut last year. He could be the fourth or fifth righty in a major league team's pen, but he doesn't have much upside beyond that.
Apr 2 - 2:45 PM

Orioles released LHP Hunter Cervenka.

Jeff Ferrell and David Holmberg were also let go. Cervenka was hoping to land a spot in the Orioles' bullpen but obviously didn't show enough in spring training. This is the second time Cervenka has been released in the last month. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as minor league depth.
Mar 29 - 6:42 PM

Erick Aybar has elected to opt out of his contract with the Twins.

Aybar was told on Thursday that he won't make the Twins' Opening Day roster. He'll look for another club to give him a chance at making an MLB roster, but he will likely find those options limited, at best. There has been talk that the Orioles could be interested in acquiring him to serve as a utility infielder, however.
Mar 23 - 10:36 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that Collin McHugh could be available in a trade.

The Astros are loaded with starting pitcher depth, so it's not a huge surprise to hear that McHugh could be had in the right deal. As Heyman notes, he's due $5 million in 2018, and he's under team control through 2019 with one more arbitration-eligible season. Heyman also mentions the Twins and Orioles were interested in the right-hander earlier this season, and the Reds, Mariners, Brewers and Rangers as clubs still looking for starting pitching.
Mar 23 - 9:50 AM

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Alex Cobb will begin the season in the minor leagues to get stretched out.

Cobb has a minor league option remaining and has given his approval on it. He'll need a couple of weeks before he's ready to join the Orioles' rotation.
Mar 20 - 10:20 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Orioles and Alex Cobb are in agreement on a four-year contract worth in the neighborhood of $60 million.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic had reported earlier in the afternoon that the two sides were closing in on a deal, and Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports added in that it was going to be a four-year pact. Cobb, who was the top remaining starting pitcher on the free agent market, is unlikely to have enough time to get ready for the start of the regular season, but should be ready to contribute by mid-April. He had a 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 128/44 K/BB ratio in 179 1/3 innings (29 starts) last season with the Rays.
Mar 20 - 7:10 PM

According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, the rumored deal between Alex Cobb and the Orioles would be a four-year contract.

Given the Orioles' stance at the winter meetings of not wanting to hand out long-term deals, it's a bit surprising to hear that they would cave in during the final weeks of spring training. On the bright side though, Cobb would solidify a starting rotation that's in major need of an upgrade.
Mar 20 - 6:50 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms that the Orioles are nearing an agreement with Alex Cobb.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was first to indicate that a deal might be close between the O's and Cobb. Rosenthal says the two sides had been talking about a three-year deal in the range of $50 million, which would be a pretty nice score for Cobb this late in spring training. Lance Lynn had to settle for a one-year, $12 million contract from the Twins last week.
Mar 20 - 5:35 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, there is a "strong belief that free agent right-hander Alex Cobb is nearing a deal" with a team.

Passan adds that "most believe the favorite" is the Orioles. Cobb is the best remaining free agent on this odd market and has apparently continued to seek a multi-year contract even with Lance Lynn settling at one year, $12 million last week with the Twins. Cobb, 30, posted a solid 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 128/44 K/BB ratio across 179 1/3 innings (29 starts) last season for Tampa Bay.
Mar 20 - 5:14 PM

Rich Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have some level of interest in Neil Walker.

Kubatko notes that the veteran infielder's name has come up several times in the front office when discussing potential bargains remaining on the free agent market. His versatility could help if Chris Davis (forearm) winds up missing significant time.
Source: MASN Sports
Mar 4 - 4:44 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles "have turned their focus to a potential deal" with Colby Rasmus.

There was some question about whether Rasmus would return to baseball in 2018 after stepping away from the Rays last July due in part to complications related to his surgically-repaired hip. But the word is he has "mutual interest" in striking a deal with the O's. Encina says the 31-year-old would compete for a platoon spot in right field. Rasmus, a left-handed hitter, put up a .915 OPS against righties when he was healthy last season, though it was a small sample size.
Feb 21 - 8:51 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

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said his club will have representation at Tim Lincecum's showcase on Thursday.

Lincecum is scheduled to throw for scouts and front office members of interested teams this Thursday at Driveline Baseball Research Lab outside of Seattle. Word is the Giants, Dodgers, Yankees, Brewers, Padres, Tigers, Phillies, Rangers, and Twins will also be in attendance. There will probably be some others as well. Lincecum didn't pitch anywhere professionally in 2017 and posted a 9.16 ERA over nine starts with the Angels in 2016, but the 33-year-old right-hander has reportedly looked quite impressive in recent private workouts.
Feb 13 - 4:43 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have discussed Collin McHugh with the Astros.

McHugh is currently pegged for a long relief role with the Astros, but he would add a much-needed solid arm to an Orioles rotation that currently has only Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy locked into jobs. The 30-year-old is eligible for arbitration for a second time this winter. Any team trading for him would have him under club control through 2019.
Source: MASN Sports
Feb 11 - 2:26 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Orioles, Twins, Brewers, Cubs and Yankees are among the teams that have inquired on Jake Odorizzi.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times hears that the Cardinals and Angels have also discussed Odorizzi with the Rays. We can safely cross the Cubs off the list of clubs having interest in Odorizzi after they agreed to terms with Yu Darvish, but the right-hander makes some sense as a target for the other teams. Odorizzi will make a little over $6 million in 2018 and is under team control for 2019, as well, but the quasi-rebuilding Rays would like to shed his contract.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 11 - 9:48 AM

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, free agent starter Lance Lynn is drawing interest from "seven or eight teams."

The list includes the Brewers and Orioles, but both of those clubs are believed to be exploring the trade market for rotation upgrades at this time. Goold also mentions the Cubs, Twins, and Mets as possible suitors while noting that the Cardinals are "not in the mix." Lynn, 30, returned from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last season to register a 3.43 ERA in 186 1/3 innings for St. Louis. He boasts a career 3.38 ERA in nearly 1,000 innings at the major league level.
Feb 8 - 1:24 PM


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