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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

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Astros starter Collin McHugh is drawing trade interest from a number of teams.

Jake Odorizzi of the Rays is also popular on the trade market and is being sought by some of the same clubs that have reached out to the Astros about potentially acquiring McHugh. Those clubs include the Twins, Orioles, and possibly the Yankees. This trade market for mid-tier starting pitchers might not truly get going until top free agent starters Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta have found landing spots. McHugh, 30, missed the first half of the 2017 season with a right elbow impingement but posted a solid 3.55 ERA and 62 strikeouts over 63 1/3 innings (12 starts) when he finally came off the disabled list.
Source: The Athletic
Feb 8 - 9:55 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles have "checked out" free agent starters Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner, Jason Vargas, and Chris Tillman, among others.

Crasnick notes that the Orioles "appear content to wait in hopes of signing someone to a short-term deal" and that team owner Peter Angelos is hesitant to commit long-term money to a starting pitcher after "the Ubaldo Jimenez experience." Lynn and Cobb might ultimately be out of reach for Baltimore, but Cashner and/or Vargas would make sense and Tillman has been spotted working out this winter at the club's spring training facilities in Florida. Orioles starters registered a league-worst 5.70 combined ERA in 2017.
Feb 7 - 11:47 AM

The Orioles are showing interest in free agent Drew Hutchison as they seek to fill three spots in their rotation.

There's a chance that the Orioles will spend to fill one of their vacancies, but they're need some bargain-basement options, too. Hutchison qualifies, as he's likely to have to settle for a minor league deal after being let go by the Pirates. The 27-year-old righty is 30-21 with a 4.93 ERA in the bigs, though just 24 of his 418 career innings have come the last two years.
Feb 4 - 1:13 PM

According to FanRag's Jon Heyman, the Orioles, Royals, Marlins and Pirates are among teams looking at free agent Melky Cabrera.

Cabrera has been a pretty consistent bat, but the defense just keeps getting worse and he's been a real asset just two of the last five seasons. He'd make more sense as a fourth outfielder and part-time DH than as a starter going forward.
Feb 1 - 7:09 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles are interested in Jarrod Dyson.

Kubatko writes of Dyson that the Orioles have "checked his medicals and he’s still in the picture." Baltimore is looking for a left-handed bat to at least platoon in right field and ideally that player would also back up center fielder Adam Jones. Dyson certainly appears as if he'd fit the bill, although it sounds like the O's are considering a handful of others, as well. The Giants are also known to have strong interest in Dyson.
Source: MASN Sports
Jan 21 - 9:33 AM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have discussed Mike Moustakas internally.

The Orioles' top priority should be starting pitching, but the club is at least monitoring the market for Moustakas as they consider a future without Manny Machado at third base. The 29-year-old would provide some balance to a right-handed heavy lineup. It's a situation to watch if his market continues to drag.
Source: MASN Sports
Jan 15 - 10:13 AM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Orioles have some interest in acquiring Jacoby Ellsbury from the Yankees.

Sherman notes that while the O's have expressed interest, Ellsbury possesses a full no-trade clause and may only waive it to be closer to his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. If that's the case, the Giants or Diamondbacks could emerge as potential options.
Jan 7 - 5:53 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles recently met with free agent right-hander Andrew Cashner.

MASN's Roch Kubatko reported earlier this offseason that Baltimore had interest in Cashner, who posted a 3.40 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 86/64 K/BB ratio across 166 2/3 innings last season for the Rangers. The 31-year-old should be able to land a multi-year contract this offseason after having to settle for a one-year deal last winter.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 7 - 11:58 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Blue Jays, Orioles, Giants and Mets are among the teams that have shown interest in Carlos Gonzalez.

The Rockies also haven't ruled out re-signing CarGo, although it doesn't appear that they view him as a priority at this point. Heyman notes that Gonzalez might be best off taking a one-year "pillow" contract in hopes of re-establishing his value following a disappointing showing in 2017. The 32-year-old batted .262/.339/.423 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI over 136 games for the Rockies last season.
Jan 5 - 11:00 AM

Athletics selected INF Brallan Perez from the Orioles in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.

Baltimore got Perez from the Rangers this past August for international pool money but opted not to protect him. The 21-year-old infielder owns a .297/.392/.359 career batting line in the minor leagues. He made it to Triple-A for a spell in 2017.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 12:39:00 PM

White Sox selected C Yermin Mercedes from the Orioles in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.

Mercedes registered a decent .276/.340/.455 batting line with 16 home runs, 20 doubles, and 62 RBI in 110 games this past season between High-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie. The 24-year-old split time between catcher, first base, and designated hitter.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 11:50:00 AM

Carlos Gonzalez is drawing free agent interest from the Blue Jays, Astros, Athletics, Orioles, and Phillies, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Tuesday that the Giants, Royals, and Rays have also checked in. Gonzalez is probably so popular because many teams view him as a good buy-low option, but this much interest could obviously work to drive up his price. The 32-year-old outfielder batted just .262/.339/.423 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI over 136 games for Colorado in 2017. He carried an outstanding .295/.353/.534 batting line between 2009-2016.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 12:01:00 PM

Joe Frisaro of reports that the Marlins have discussed Dan Straily with the Orioles.

It looks like the fire sale in Miami will extend to the starting rotation. Straily posted a mediocre 4.26 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 170/60 K/BB ratio in 181 2/3 innings this past season with the Marlins, but he had a very good showing in 2016 with the Reds. The 29-year-old right-hander is under contractual control through 2020. 2018 will be his first season of salary arbitration.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 10:26:00 PM

According to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Orioles are among the teams that have asked the Pirates about Gerrit Cole.

We've also heard of varying levels of interest from the Brewers, Rangers, Twins, and Yankees. Cole posted a disappointing 4.26 ERA in 203 innings this past season with Pittsburgh, but the 27-year-old had a 3.23 ERA in 579 1/3 innings between 2013-2016 and he is under club control through 2019. Baltimore is exploring several different avenues for starting pitching upgrades after the rotation registered a league-worst 5.70 combined ERA in 2017.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 06:55:00 PM

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