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Nelson Cruz agrees to four-year deal with Seattle

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Nelson Cruz agrees to four-year deal with Seattle

Posted on 01 December 2014 by Luke Jones

Former Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz will not be returning to Baltimore after agreeing to a four-year deal with the Seattle Mariners on Monday.

As first reported by the Dominican newspaper El Caribe, the 34-year-old will receive a total of $57 million after spending a season with the Orioles that was described as a “platform” year by executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. Baltimore had hoped to retain Cruz’s services after he led the majors in home runs, but the organization was unwilling to offer more than a three-year deal as Cruz was initially seeking a five-year commitment.

The good news is that the Orioles will receive a compensatory draft pick at the end of the first round after making Cruz a $15.3 million qualifying offer last month, but they will need to replace production that resulted in the veteran receiving the Most Valuable Oriole award last season. The organization signed Cruz to a one-year, $8 million contract last spring after interest in the outfielder was lukewarm because of his connection to the Biogenesis scandal and subsequent 50-game suspension.

The Orioles may prove wise not making a lucrative commitment to a player who will turn 35 next July and is coming off a career year, but finding a productive bat to replace his work at the designated hitter spot and in left field won’t be easy. They’ve reportedly shown interest in outfielder Torii Hunter, but it’s believed the 39-year-old would have to accept a one-year deal.

Another option that’s reportedly been discussed is Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who has battled injuries in recent years and is still owed more than $107 million over the remaining five years of an eight-year, $160 million contract inked before the 2012 season. Of course, the Orioles would demand that the Dodgers take right-handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and his bloated contract off their hands in any potential trade, but it’s difficult envisioning the organization assuming such a deal without further financial assistance accompanying the 30-year-old outfielder.

Kemp hit .287 with 25 home runs, 89 runs batted in, and an .852 on-base plus slugging percentage in 2014, the first season in which he played more than 106 games since 2011.

Perhaps the easiest way for the Orioles to make up for Cruz’s production in 2015 would be a bounce-back season from first baseman Chris Davis as well as the respective returns of Manny Machado and Matt Wieters, but counting on Davis isn’t easy after he hit just .196 and saw his home run total drop from 53 in 2013 to just 26 in a nightmare 2014 that ended with him being suspended 25 games for amphetamine use.

In 678 plate appearances for the Orioles in 2014, Cruz hit .271 with 40 home runs, 108 RBIs, and an .859 OPS.

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Orioles reportedly talking to left-handed starters Saunders, Capuano

Posted on 10 February 2014 by WNST Staff

With the start of spring training fast approaching, the Orioles continue their stated quest of adding a veteran starting pitcher and are reportedly looking at two veteran southpaws to potentially add to the mix.

Baltimore is talking to former Orioles starter Joe Saunders and journeyman Chris Capuano, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Saunders pitched with Seattle in 2013 — going 11-16 with a 5.26 earned run average — while the 35-year-old Capuano pitched to a 4-7 mark with a 4.26 ERA with the National League West champion Los Angeles Dodgers

“Chris is in excellent physical condition and his mound sessions are going extremely well,” Capuano’s agent Michael Moye told FOX Sports.

Of course, the 32-year-old Saunders earned local fame pitching for the Orioles in the latter stages of the 2012 season after he was acquired from the Arizona Diamondback on Aug. 26, 2012. The lefty was 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven regular-season starts before earning the win in the inaugural 2012 AL Wild Card Game against the Texas Rangers, pitching 5 2/3 innings and allowing just one earned run.

Despite another solid outing in Game 4 of the Division Series, Saunders departed via free agency last winter by signing a one-year, $6.5 million contract with the Mariners.

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American Indoor Football announces return of Baltimore Mariners

Posted on 10 October 2013 by WNST Staff

C&G Sports Management is proud to announce the return of Professional Indoor Football to the Charm City of Baltimore Maryland in 2014. The new team will be run under the management of C&G Sports Management a newly formed comprehensive sports and recreational management organization that specializes in sports programs.

Baltimore has a rich history of indoor football having previously being home to the Baltimore Mariners for four years. The Mariners share an elite status of being one of just a few indoor teams to go undefeated when they went 16-0 and won the AIFA Championship in 2010.

The team has signed an agreement with The Baltimore Arena in Baltimore where they will play their home games for the upcoming season in 2014. C & G Sports Management have also come to agreement with the American Indoor Football (AIF) league. “The AIF has a strong foundation and has been around for nine years now. Their focus on remaining regional which allows owners to create budgets which will be more sustainable over the long term was very attractive to us. With the strength of the competition this league offers and the history the Mariners have had here previously, it was obvious where we belonged”, said owner Tom Conserette.

The goal of the organization is to provide low cost family-friendly entertainment first and foremost, and contribute to the betterment of the local community. In addition to general sports entertainment, the organization will also have a dance team and mascot. . These three aspects combined will contribute to the entertainment value of our services and will host promotional and community events, collaborate with local non-profit events, and organize volunteer opportunities.

After the 2010 departure of the Mariners, we feel there was a void left in professional indoor football not only for the fans, but for perspective players, coaches, and personnel who have a passion for the sport. C & G Sports Management will open opportunities for employment as well as satiate a need in the community for a local professional indoor football team to rally behind.

The organization is preparing a press conference for late September to unveil their plans for the upcoming season along with their team name and logo. Dates will be announced as soon as logistics have been worked out with all parties.

When asked AIF owner John Morris is extremely excited about bringing the AIF brand of indoor football back to Baltimore and 1st Mariner Arena. The AIF has received an enormous amount of inquiries from the fans of indoor football in Baltimore area over the last several years wanting to see a team back in town. We are pleased that with the ownership group of C & G Sports Management that the AIF was able to bring this great product back to Baltimore.

Frank Remsch states that “I am thrilled to announce that the Baltimore Arena is welcoming the return of Indoor football to the City of Baltimore.  Indoor football brings another element of variety to the many sporting events we have this year at the Baltimore Arena.  As General Manager of the arena I couldn’t be happier to see this exciting event back home for our Baltimore fans.”

“The new management team of Scott Garrity and Tom Consere, along with the continued leadership of John Morris with the AIF, have worked hard to bring this team to town and they have our full support as we look forward to an exciting season.”

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Orioles trade Andino to Seattle for OF Trayvon Robinson

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Orioles trade Andino to Seattle for OF Trayvon Robinson

Posted on 20 November 2012 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

The Orioles announced Tuesday that they have acquired OF TRAYVON ROBINSON from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for INF ROBERT ANDINO.

Robinson, 25, batted .215/.272/.330 (62-288) in 90 major league games over the past two seasons with Seattle. The switch-hitter appeared in 46 games (39 starts) in left field for Seattle in 2012. Robinson hit 73 home runs and stole 169 bases in 754 games over eight minor league seasons after being drafted in the 10th round of the 2005 First Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Robinson was traded to the Mariners on July 31, 2011 as part of a three-team deal that sent ERIK BEDARD to the Boston Red Sox.

Andino, 28, appeared in 360 games for the Orioles over the past four seasons, batting .239/.302/.326 (263-1100) with 16 homers and 80 RBI. In 2012 for the Orioles, Andino batted .211 (81-384) with a career-high seven home runs and 28 RBI. Andino was acquired from the Florida Marlins prior to the start of the 2009 season.

ORIOLES ADD TWO TO ROSTER, OUTRIGHT RHP OLIVER DRAKE

The Orioles also selected the contracts of INF JONATHAN SCHOOP (pronounced “SCOPE”) and LHP MIKE BELFIORE from Double-A Bowie and outrighted RHP OLIVER DRAKE to Triple-A Norfolk.

Schoop, 21, batted .245/.324/.386 in 124 games for Double-A Bowie in 2012. He was the Orioles’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2011 and was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Curacao on August 20, 2008. Following the 2012 season, Schoop batted .270/.446/.429 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 21 games in the Arizona Fall League and was selected to play in the league’s All-Star Game, the Rising Stars Game. Schoop was also a mid-season Eastern League All-Star with Bowie in 2012.

Belfiore, 24, was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 11, 2012 as the player to be named later in the trade that sent INF JOSH BELL to Arizona on April 21. In 28 relief outings for Double-A Bowie, Belfiore was 5-1 with a 2.85 ERA (47.1IP, 15ER). Belfiore also pitched in the Arizona Fall League and was 1-1 with a 4.38 ERA (12.1IP, 6ER) in 12 outings and was also chosen to play in the Rising Stars Game. Belfiore was selected by the Diamondbacks in the first round (45th overall) in the 2009 First Year Player Draft out of Boston College.

Drake, 25, appeared in three games for Bowie, going 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA (18.0IP, 3ER). He missed most of 2012 after having right shoulder surgery. He was selected in the 43rd round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of the United States Naval Academy.

With these moves, the Orioles now have 40 players on their major league roster.

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Orioles promote top pitching prospect Bundy to big leagues

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Orioles promote top pitching prospect Bundy to big leagues

Posted on 19 September 2012 by Luke Jones

Following an 18-inning marathon win over the Seattle Mariners and needing an extra arm in the bullpen, the Orioles have promoted top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy to the big leagues.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting Bundy will be called up to fill a limited role in the bullpen. The Orioles used seven relievers in a combined 12 2/3 innings in the second game of a three-game set in Seattle.

The 19-year-old had been participating in the organization’s instructional league in Sarasota after finishing his first professional season at Double-A Bowie. Bundy made three starts for the Baysox, going 2-0 with a 3.24 earned run average in 16 2/3 innings.

Manager Buck Showalter said at the end of August that the Orioles would not promote Bundy, stating the organization’s preference for him to go to the instructional league in mid-September to work on his command and time to the plate.

In 23 starts split among low Single-A Delmarva, high Single-A Frederick, and Bowie, the right-hander went a combined 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 103 2/3 innings. He struck out 119 batters and walked 28, though he struggled more with his command as he climbed the organizational ladder.

Bundy was the fourth overall pick of the 2011 amateur draft and was already on the 40-man roster, meaning the Orioles will not need to make a corresponding roster move.

 

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Orioles 4, Mariners 2 (18 innings) Boxscore

Posted on 19 September 2012 by WNST Staff

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Orioles win wild 18-inning all nighter in Seattle 4-2 with Teagarden heroics

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Orioles win wild 18-inning all nighter in Seattle 4-2 with Teagarden heroics

Posted on 19 September 2012 by WNST Staff

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Orioles are finally in pennant race — but where are Baltimore baseball fans?

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Orioles are finally in pennant race — but where are Baltimore baseball fans?

Posted on 08 August 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

I’ve argued with WNST morning show host Drew Forrester for a decade about this. He’s always said – much like everyone in the Angelos family – “When the Orioles win they’ll ALL come back!”

Well, in case you haven’t noticed while you were dusting off your purple gear this week for tomorrow night’s meaningless and mostly unentertaining Ravens game in Atlanta, the 2012 Baltimore Orioles are just about everything you’d want in a MLB team in a “small market” where the owner is pocketing over $100 million in profit every year.

They have young stars. They are exciting every night – including last night’s 14-inning marathon victory over the Seattle Mariners that unfolded like The Ilyiad. They seem to play sudden death baseball a lot. It’s almost like they WANT you to fall asleep on them.

And these days, it appears, that most Baltimore sports fans have in fact “gone to sleep on the Orioles.”

By and large, most of you are not coming to Orioles games right now. The Orioles haven’t inspired you to buy a ticket, despite their good fortunes and entertainment value on the field.

This is a perfect day for me to write about going to Orioles games because I’m going to the game tonight.

Why?

Well, I got free tickets.

My complaints and reasons for not giving Peter Angelos my money are legendary and well-documented. The incident when the team stiffed me on a $30,000 sponsorship, then attacked me at a game in 2004 and sent an apology note signed, “The Bird.” Then, after 21 years of covering the Baltimore Orioles through three ownership groups, they took my press pass in 2007 and have summarily lied about why, which is standard operating procedure from the Angelos family.

Hell, four months ago at a charity cocktail function, Brady Anderson told me I “should leave Baltimore if I don’t like the way the team is being run.”

But I still watch them every night – which either makes me a sucker, a fool or an eternal optimist. Or maybe just someone who loves Baltimore and the Orioles and remembers how much fun baseball was for the entire community before Angelos wrecked the franchise for anyone who takes the time to examine all of the facts.

Oh, here’s one more warm and fuzzy — this Friday will mark the one-year anniversary that one of their legendary players, broadcaster and caring front office man Mike Flanagan put a gun to his temple and pulled the trigger.

The Orioles have played 110 games this year. I’ve watched about 95 of them in their entirety. The other 15 I’ve either fallen asleep (like last night) or kept track via my mobile device on WNST’s live box score feature.

If you follow me on Twitter, you might find five games where I haven’t been live tweeting most of the evening from my couch. So, I’m qualified to bitch in many ways because I’m the biggest Baltimore Orioles fan you’ll ever find.

And, again, I’m not giving Angelos my money – not tonight or any night.

In Dundalk, we would simply call him a scumbag and leave it at that.

But he doesn’t care about whether you or I come to the ballpark. He’s sucking that $3.00 per month from my cable bill and yours, 

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Orioles “poking around” at Seattle pitcher Vargas?

Posted on 12 July 2012 by Luke Jones

As fans dreamed about the possibility of acquiring Milwaukee’s Zack Greinke or Cubs pitcher Matt Garza over the All-Star break, the Orioles are apparently kicking the tires on a far less intriguing and cheaper option.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported Thursday the Orioles have cooled on the possibility of trading for Garza and are “poking around” at the possibility of trading for Seattle pitcher Jason Vargas.

The first-blush numbers suggest it wouldn’t be a bad move as the left-hander has an 8-7 record with a 4.09 earned run average in 19 starts for the lowly Mariners this season. Vargas has a 1.15 WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitcher) and has struck out 86 while walking 32 in 126 innings this season.

However, a deeper look at the stats suggest the soft-tossing 29-year-old is far from an ideal target to compete in the American League East.

Vargas has thrived at cavernous Safeco Field this season, posting a 2-3 record with a 2.84 ERA in eight starts (57 innings), but his road numbers paint a different picture entirely. The southpaw has a 6-4 record with a 5.09 ERA and has allowed 17 home runs in 11 starts (69 innings) outside Seattle.

Those numbers just don’t translate to being successful at Camden Yards, and the Orioles would likely be getting just another guy to throw in the mix with the struggling trio of Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz, and Tommy Hunter who are currently at Triple-A Norfolk.

Despite all the talk of acquiring a pitcher such as Greinke or Garza by the trade deadline, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and the Orioles are far more likely to add a pitcher like Vargas, who would have a much cheaper price tag but adds very little upside to the starting rotation.

Such an option may be more realistic, but it’s not going to get the job done in keeping the Orioles in the pennant race unless there’s substantial pitching improvement from within.

In other words, thanks but no thanks.

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Hammel falters late as Orioles lose 6-3 in Seattle

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Hammel falters late as Orioles lose 6-3 in Seattle

Posted on 03 July 2012 by WNST Staff

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