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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

PRESS RELEASE

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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Orioles claim catcher Lavarnway off waivers from Cubs

Posted on 23 December 2014 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

The Orioles announced Tuesday that they have claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off of waivers from the Cubs. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, outfielder Quintin Berry has been released.

Lavarnway, 27, batted .283/.389/.370 in 62 games for Triple-A Pawtucket in 2014. In 301 major league plate appearances since 2011, Lavarnway has batted .201/.249/.315 with five home runs. He was claimed off waivers by the Cubs on December 19 after originally being selected in the 6th round of the 2008 First Year Player Draft by Boston out of Yale University.

Berry, 30, batted .285/.382/.367 in 112 games with Triple-A Norfolk in 2014.

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Orioles name Coolbaugh as new hitting coach

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Orioles name Coolbaugh as new hitting coach

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Luke Jones

The Orioles announced the hiring of new hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh on Friday night to complete manager Buck Showalter’s coaching staff for the 2015 season.

The 48-year-old was interviewed by Showalter and vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson earlier in the day and will leave the Texas Rangers organization where he spent the last eight years. He was most recently the Rangers’ minor league hitting coordinator, but he spent parts of two seasons as their major league hitting coach from 2011 through 2012.

In 2012, the Rangers led the major leagues in runs scored and ranked second in the American League in total bases and batting average.

Showalter is familiar with his new hitting coach dating back to his days with the Arizona Diamondbacks when Coolbaugh served as a player, coach, and manager in their minor-league system. Coolbaugh also worked closely with Chris Davis in Texas and is held in high regard by the Orioles first baseman.

Originally selected by Texas in the third round of the 1987 amateur draft after a standout career at the University of Texas, Coolbaugh played in 167 major league games and was a career .215 hitter over four seasons with Texas, San Diego, and St. Louis. He also spent two years playing in Japan.

He is the older brother of the late Mike Coolbaugh, who died after being struck by a line drive while serving as the first base coach in a minor league game in 2007.

Coolbaugh replaces Jim Presley, who was reassigned by the organization earlier this offseason due to personal reasons.

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with lefty reliever Wright

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with lefty reliever Wright

Posted on 16 December 2014 by Luke Jones

Searching to fill the void left behind by the departure of Andrew Miller, the Orioles agreed to terms on a one-year deal with left-handed relief pitcher Wesley Wright on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old went 0-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 48 1/3 innings with the Chicago Cubs last season. In seven major league seasons, Wright sports a 10-18 record with a 4.17 ERA, but the lefty has posted a 3.25 ERA in his last four seasons split among Chicago, Tampa Bay, and Houston.

In 2014, left-handed hitters posted a .273 batting average and a .594 on-base plus slugging percentage and didn’t record an extra-base hit while right-handed bats sported a .255 mark with a .719 OPS. Wright wasn’t tendered a contract with the Cubs and is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2015 season.

Wright’s addition gives manager Buck Showalter another left-hander to throw into the mix with closer Zach Britton, lefty specialist Brian Matusz, and long reliever T.J. McFarland. Matusz has been discussed in trade talks, but he remains with the organization for now.

A seventh-round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2003 draft, Wright made two appearances with the Rays in the 2013 American League Division Series, allowing a hit and a walk in two-thirds of an inning against Boston.

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Orioles first baseman Davis receives approval for Adderall

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Orioles first baseman Davis receives approval for Adderall

Posted on 16 December 2014 by Luke Jones

The Orioles hope first baseman Chris Davis can bounce back from a nightmarish 2014 campaign that ended with him being suspended 25 games for testing positive for Adderall.

It now appears that he’s been approved to use the drug for the 2015 season. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters Tuesday that Davis recently told him that he received a therapeutic use exemption from Major League Baseball to use the drug commonly prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Davis reportedly had an exemption to use the drug when he was a member of the Texas Rangers, but it’s believed that growing concern over the high use of Adderall has led to baseball creating a more stringent process for issuing approval in recent years. Roughly 10 percent of players on 40-man rosters in the major leagues presented notes from doctors for Adderall use last year.

Even if the newly-secured exemption may bring some closure to the disappointment of last season, trying to determine how much Adderall might impact Davis’ performance is difficult. He allegedly didn’t have an exemption to use it in 2013 when he hit a franchise-record 53 home runs. In contrast, he tested positive for the second time in his career — the first failed test reportedly came when he was still a member of the Rangers and didn’t carry a suspension — in the midst of a season in which he hit .196 and saw his long-ball total fall to 26.

The 28-year-old still has one game remaining on his 25-game suspension that began on Sept. 12 and made him ineligible for the Orioles’ 2014 postseason run.

Entering his final season before hitting free agency, Davis will look to prove he’s more like the player who was the major league home run king in 2013 and not the player who struggled throughout 2014 and saw his season end in disgrace. The Orioles would gladly take a compromise resembling his first full season with the Orioles in 2012 when he hit .270 with 33 homers, 85 runs batted in, and an .827 on-base plus slugging percentage.

Davis posting numbers in that neighborhood would go a long way in helping replace the void left behind by Nelson Cruz, who departed via free agency earlier this month to sign a four-year, $57 million contract with Seattle.

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Orioles add two right-handed pitchers in Rule 5 draft

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Orioles add two right-handed pitchers in Rule 5 draft

Posted on 11 December 2014 by Luke Jones

The Orioles completed their quiet week at the annual winter meetings in San Diego Thursday with the addition of two right-handed pitchers in the Rule 5 draft.

Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette acquired pitcher Jason Garcia in exchange for cash considerations from the Houston Astros after he’d been selected fourth overall in the Rule 5 draft from the Boston Red Sox organization. The Orioles then selected right-hander Logan Verrett from the New York Mets organization.

The 22-year-old Garcia carries some intrigue as he was clocked in the high 90s while pitching in the instructional league this fall. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2013, Garcia went 3-2 with three saves and a 3.67 ERA in 56 1/3 innings between short-season Single-A Lowell and Single-A Greenville.

Garcia struck out 9.4 batters per nine innings and held right-handed hitters to a .189 average in 121 total plate appearances. The Orioles are expected to take a look at him as a relief pitcher during spring training, but keeping him would restrict their roster flexibility because of the need to keep him on the 25-man roster.

Originally selected by Boston in the 17th round of the 2010 amateur draft out of Land O’Lakes High School in Florida, Garcia has gone 15-16 with a 4.69 ERA in 73 minor league games (51 starts).

The 24-year-old Verrett went 11-5 with a 4.33 ERA in 28 starts spanning 162 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014. He went 28-13 with a 3.89 ERA in his three years in the Mets organization.

Verrett was originally selected in the third round of the 2011 amateur draft out of Baylor University.

The additions of Garcia and Verrett mean the Orioles currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster. Garcia and Verrett would need to remain on the 25-man roster all season.

This marks the fourth straight year that Duquette has added at least one player in the Rule 5 draft, taking infielder Ryan Flaherty in 2011, left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland in 2012, and infielder Michael Almanzar last year.

In the minor-league portion of the Rule 5 draft, the Orioles selected outfielder and first baseman Sean Halton of the Milwaukee organization in the Triple-A phase.

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