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Wieters, Davis, Tillman agree to one-year deals with Orioles

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Wieters, Davis, Tillman agree to one-year deals with Orioles

Posted on 16 January 2015 by Luke Jones

With arbitration-eligible players and major league teams scheduled to exchange salary figures for the 2015 season on Friday, the Orioles came to agreements with several key names including catcher Matt Wieters, first baseman Chris Davis, and starting pitcher Chris Tillman.

According to an ESPN report, Wieters will make $8.3 million in 2015 after making $7.7 million last season. After being limited to just 26 games before undergoing Tommy John surgery last summer, the All-Star catcher will be entering his final year before becoming a free agent next offseason.

Davis agreed to a one-year, $12 million deal after making $10.3 million last year, according to The Sun. Entering his final season before free agency, the 2013 home run king will try to bounce back from a nightmarish campaign that included a .196 average and a 25-game suspension for Adderall use that forced him to miss the Orioles’ run to the American League Championship Series.

Per CBS Sports, Tillman will receive a substantial raise in his first arbitration-eligible year by receiving $4.315 million after making only $546,000 last season. The 26-year-old has blossomed into the Orioles ace over the last two years and went 13-6 with a 3.34 ERA in 207 1/3 innings last season.

Lefty reliever Brian Matusz settled on a $3.2 million contract with the Orioles after making $2.4 million last season, per MASN Sports.

Outfielders Alejandro De Aza and Steve Pearce, infielder Ryan Flaherty, starting pitchers Bud Norris and Miguel Gonzalez, and closer Zach Britton round out the list of arbitration-eligible players who exchanged salary figures with the Orioles on Friday. Hearings will be heard next month if the sides do not come to an agreement, but teams and players typically split the difference to avoid arbitration.

Right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter avoided arbitration earlier this week by signing a $4.65 million agreement.

In other news, free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with the San Francisco Giants on Friday. He had been linked to the Orioles as a possible short-term replacement for Nick Markakis in the outfield and at the top of the lineup with his career .353 on-base percentage, but the club never showed more than limited interest.

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Orioles need resolution in Duquette saga

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Orioles need resolution in Duquette saga

Posted on 15 January 2015 by Luke Jones

It’s the story that won’t go away and it’s not a good one for the Orioles.

Nearly six weeks after reports first surfaced about executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette being targeted to become the new president and chief executive officer of the Toronto Blue Jays — and owner Peter Angelos fired back by saying the Orioles wouldn’t relinquish their contract running through 2018 — multiple outlets reported Wednesday that the sides were negotiating compensation and moving closer to an agreement. Angelos again responded by saying Duquette wasn’t going anywhere, creating more confusion about what will happen next.

“That is not going to happen. There have not been any changes in the status of Dan Duquette,” Angelos said to The Sun. “He is our GM and he is going to remain our GM. He is concentrating on his efforts to determine the composition of our team for 2015. That is the answer. Period.”

As was the case in early December, it’s easy to understand both sides’ perspective and wonder how much trust remains, but how much longer can this saga continue? Even with a contract in place, are the Orioles benefiting from continuing to employ a head baseball man who appears to have his heart in another place?

It’s time to ask Duquette point-blank whether he’s in or out.

Trying to analyze Duquette’s work in what’s been a lackluster offseason is difficult due to his unorthodox style that was on display in each of the previous three winters, but it’s becoming easier to question how diligently he’s tried to improve his current club with the reports linking him to Toronto not going away.

Angelos and the Orioles have every right to be unhappy with the timing of this pursuit and should be concerned with an American League East rival trying to poach their general manager. They’re certainly entitled to seek as much compensation as they can before seriously entertaining the thought of letting him go.

But at what point does the fight to keep him become counterproductive to the future of the organization?

If Duquette is no longer committed to the Orioles, it makes little sense to remain committed to him.

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Machado tells reporters he’s “ready to roll” for spring training

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Machado tells reporters he’s “ready to roll” for spring training

Posted on 14 January 2015 by Luke Jones

Holding their final day of minicamp in Sarasota, the Orioles received an encouraging update on the health of Manny Machado as the 22-year-old went through a workout for manager Buck Showalter.

After taking batting practice and completing base-running drills at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, Machado told reporters in Sarasota that he’s been participating in all baseball-related activities except for fielding grounders laterally, explaining that he’s simply wanted to be cautious in doing so. He will visit with Dr. Neal ElAttrache once more before spring training and expects to receive full clearance at that time.

“It’s been a while since I felt this healthy and good,” Machado said to reporters gathered in Sarasota. “My body feels great, my mind is clear. I’m excited to get back out there. I’m itching actually. I haven’t been itching like this for spring training since my first year of pro ball. I’m just excited to get the season rolling.”

Unlike his left knee injury that occurred in the final week of the 2013 season and subsequently cost him the first month of the 2014 season as he finished his rehab, Machado suffered the same injury to his right knee on Aug. 11 and elected to have season-ending surgery less than two weeks later. The timetable would appear to make it very likely that the 2013 All-Star and Gold Glove third baseman will be ready for Opening Day.

With the Orioles losing outfielders Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis in free agency and failing to make a significant addition at this point in the offseason, the healthy returns of Machado and catcher Matt Wieters as well as a bounce-back season from first baseman Chris Davis will be vital as the club tries to defend its American League East title.

Machado got married in the offseason and credits the time he took off for the wedding and honeymoon as being beneficial from a physical and mental standpoint. And based on the reports of how he looked in Sarasota Wednesday, the Orioles feel good about the prospects of the 2010 first-round pick being able to complete his first full major league season.

“I think that getting married and having that honeymoon was perfect timing for God to get me away from all this and bring me back to my senses of how life is,” Machado said. “Because when I came back, I felt like freaking God. I felt awesome, I felt great, my body was feeling great. I think that’s why I’m in this position now that I could do what I’ve been doing, because I took that little time off and kind of let my body heal completely.”

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Orioles avoid arbitration by signing reliever Hunter to one-year deal

Posted on 13 January 2015 by WNST Staff

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The Orioles announced Monday that they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter on a one-year contract, thus avoiding arbitration.

Hunter, 28, went 3-2 with a 2.97 ERA (60.2IP, 20ER) and a career-high 11 saves in 60 games with the Orioles in 2014. Over 226 games (75 starts) in the majors, Hunter is 42-31 with a 4.32 ERA (616.1IP, 296ER) and 15 saves.

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Pat Santarone named to Baseball Groundskeepers Hall of Fame

Posted on 09 January 2015 by WNST Staff

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Late Orioles Head Groundskeeper PAT SANTARONE has today been named one of the newest members of the Major League Baseball Groundskeepers Hall of Fame.

Santarone joined the Orioles as Head Groundskeeper in 1969, spending 22 seasons tending the grounds at Memorial Stadium before retiring on Opening Day in 1991. During his tenure, Baltimore infielders won a total of 25 AL Gold Gloves, while the Orioles captured five American League pennants and won two World Series titles (1970, 1983).

Santarone began his career at age 23 with Class-A Elmira, taking over the field from his father, VAL SANTARONE. During the 1960’s with Elmira as the Orioles Double-A affiliate, Santarone worked with future Orioles manager and Hall of Famer EARL WEAVER. The two reunited in Baltimore, where they shared a fondly-remembered annual tomato growing competition. Santarone spent retirement in Montana and passed away in May of 2008.

Santarone and PETE FLYNN of the New York Mets will be inducted the evening of January 11 at Coors Field in Denver, joining previous inductees EMIL BOSSARD (Indians), GEORGE TOMA (Royals), JOE MOONEY (Red Sox), DICK ERICSON (Twins), and HARRY GIL (Brewers) in the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame.

To be considered for induction to the Major League Baseball Groundskeepers Hall of Fame, a person must have ceased employment in the profession for at least five years, and have made a significant contribution to groundskeeping and/or the sports turf industry at the Major League level. An individual’s impact on the community is also considered. Nominees are submitted to the MLB Groundskeepers Association for a vote. Each team has one vote, and a nominee must receive 75 percent of the vote of all active association members to be elected.

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Orioles agree to minor-league deal with catcher Arencibia

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Orioles agree to minor-league deal with catcher Arencibia

Posted on 08 January 2015 by Luke Jones

The Orioles made one of their most notable additions of an all-too-quiet offseason Thursday with the announcement of a minor-league agreement with veteran catcher J.P. Arencibia.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training for the former Toronto Blue Jay and Texas Ranger who has also played a limited number of games at first base. The 29-year-old is a career .207 hitter with 74 home runs and a .658 on-base plus slugging percentage in five major league seasons.

Arencibia spent the first four seasons of his major league career in Toronto after he was selected in the first round of the 2007 amateur draft by the Blue Jays. In his lone season with the Rangers in 2014, Arencibia hit only .177 in 222 plate appearances and spent part of the season in the minors.

With backup catcher Nick Hundley signing a two-year deal with Colorado and Matt Wieters’ status for Opening Day still unclear, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette had wanted to add another catcher to the mix for spring training.

Arencibia’s best major league season came in in 2011 when he hit .219 with a career-high 23 homers and a .720 OPS.

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Orioles place tickets for 2015 FanFest on sale

Posted on 06 January 2015 by WNST Staff

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FanFest autograph vouchers will go on sale January 17

The launch to the 2015 baseball season will begin on Saturday, January 31, as the Orioles host their annual FanFest event at the Baltimore Convention Center. 2015 FanFest, presented by Visit Sarasota County, will feature appearances by current and former Orioles players and coaches as part of a day-long celebration of baseball that will also include clinics, exhibits, and interactive games. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with early entry for Orioles Season Plan Members to begin at 10 a.m. as part of the Orange Carpet Program.

Tickets for FanFest are on sale now and are available online at www.orioles.com/fanfest, via phone at 1-888-848-BIRD, at the Oriole Park Box Office, and at the Official Team Store at the York Galleria in York, PA. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 14 and under and adults over 55. On the day of the event, FanFest tickets will be sold at the Convention Center and the Oriole Park Box Office. This week, 2014 Season Plan Members and Dugout Club members will receive an offer for complimentary FanFest tickets via email, which can be redeemed through their online My Tickets Account.

The Orioles’ autograph policy for FanFest 2015 will duplicate last year’s policy and is designed to support youth charitable endeavors through OriolesREACH, as well as enhance the fan experience with shortened wait times. Children ages 4-14 will have a specially designated Kids Only player autograph station presented by ESSKAY that is free of charge and will operate continuously throughout the day. All other ESSKAY autograph stations at FanFest will require the advance purchase of autograph vouchers exclusively at www.orioles.com/fanfest, with all of the proceeds to benefit children’s charities through OriolesREACH. Autograph vouchers will be available for purchase beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 17.

In addition to autographs, other FanFest activities include question and answer forums with players and front office staff; clinics for children on a youth-sized baseball field; kids press conferences where young Orioles fans can ask questions to players; official Orioles merchandise available for purchase; memorabilia dealers; a silent auction benefitting the Orioles Charitable Foundation; a Spring Training in Sarasota exhibit; and a tour of the Orioles clubhouse at Oriole Park.

Orioles representatives will also be on hand to help answer questions from fans about becoming a Season Plan Member. An announcement regarding the sale of individual game tickets will be made at a later date.

Complimentary parking for FanFest is available in Lot B/C. For updated information about the event, fans should visit www.orioles.com/fanfest.

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Orioles Hall of Famer Stu Miller dies at 87

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Orioles Hall of Famer Stu Miller dies at 87

Posted on 05 January 2015 by Luke Jones

One of the great relief pitchers in the history of the Orioles has died.

The club announced Stu Miller passed away at age 87 Sunday after a brief illness. Miller was a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame as well as the 1966 World Series championship team.

The right-hander spent five seasons in Baltimore, posting a 38-36 mark with 100 saves and a 2.37 ERA as one of the best relievers in baseball from 1963 through 1967. Miller led the majors with 27 saves in 1963 in the midst of an era when relievers were regularly called upon to pitch multiple innings.

His 100 saves rank fourth in franchise history behind only Gregg Olson, Jim Johnson, and Tippy Martinez. His straight changeup was regarded by many as one of the best in major league history and a major reason why he went on to have such a long career.

He finished 19th in American League Most Valuable Player voting in 1963 as well as seventh in 1965 and 11th in 1966. Despite being an important part of the 1966 championship club, Miller did not appear in the World Series after collecting 18 saves and posting a 2.25 ERA in 92 innings during the regular season.

Miller started his career in St. Louis and also spent time with San Francisco, Atlanta, and Philadelphia over 16 seasons, posting a 105-103 record with 154 saves and a 3.24 career ERA. He was selected to his lone All-Star Game in 1961 as a member of the Giants.

He was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1989.

A native of Northampton, Mass., Miller is survived by his wife, Jayne, and six children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

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Former Orioles general manager Hank Peters dies at 90

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Former Orioles general manager Hank Peters dies at 90

Posted on 04 January 2015 by WNST Staff

By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — Hank Peters helped build championship baseball in Baltimore and revive the sport in Cleveland.

A longtime executive who began his career after serving in World War II, Peters died on Sunday of complications from a recent stroke. He was 90.

The Indians said in a statement that Peters passed away in Boca Raton, Florida. Peters served as the club’s general manager and president from 1987-91, his second stint with the franchise. Before coming to Cleveland, Peters spent 12 seasons with the Orioles, who had 10 consecutive winning seasons and won their third World Series in 1983 when he was there.

Orioles owner Peter Angelos was saddened to learn of Peters’ death.

“Hank was highly regarded throughout baseball as a man of integrity and great character,” Angelos said. “His impact was felt by multiple organizations throughout his 40-year baseball career, and he will be missed by all who knew him.”

Peters came to Cleveland when the Indians were perennial losers. Hired by late Indians owner Dick Jacobs, Peters was credited him with helping set the foundation for a new downtown ballpark in Cleveland and turned around a foundering franchise.

Indians president Mark Shapiro called Peters “a cherished member” of the Indians family. Both the Orioles and Indians offered their condolences to Peters’ daughter, Sharon, son, Steve, and grandchildren. Peters also worked in Cleveland as the club’s vice president/director of player personnel from 1966-71.

After serving in the Army, Peter broke into baseball with the St. Louis Browns, his hometown team. He and his wife, Dottie, were married for 59 years. She passed away in 2010.

 

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Orioles bring back outfielder Delmon Young on one-year deal

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Orioles bring back outfielder Delmon Young on one-year deal

Posted on 24 December 2014 by Luke Jones

The Orioles have made their biggest offseason move to date by agreeing to a one-year deal to bring back outfielder and pinch-hitter extraordinaire Delmon Young for the 2015 season.

The deal is reportedly worth $2.25 million guaranteed with incentives that could push the total value to $3 million. The 29-year-old reportedly had been seeking a two-year deal, but Young elected to remain with the Orioles, who took a chance on him after a tryout and minor-league deal last winter.

In 255 plate appearances, Young batted .302 with seven home runs, 30 runs batted in, 11 doubles, and a .779 on-base plus slugging percentage as part of the 2014 American League East champions. He thrived as a pinch-hitter in 2014, going 10-for-20 in the regular season and stroking the go-ahead three-run double in the eighth inning of Game 2 of the AL Division Series.

With Nelson Cruz departing via free agency earlier in the offseason, Young could see an increased role as the primary designated hitter and occasional outfielder in 2015. He has advanced to the playoffs in six straight seasons with four different clubs and went 2-for-9 with four RBIs against Detroit and Kansas City in the 2014 postseason.

In nine major league seasons, Young sports a .283 career average and a .742 OPS.

Baltimore will need to make room on the 40-man roster for Young after claiming catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers Tuesday and releasing outfielder Quintin Berry.

 

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