Baltimore Orioles Wiretap

J.J. Hardy Likely To Begin Season On DL

Mar 31, 2015 7:38 AM

J.J. Hardy will likely begin the season on the disabled list because of a strained left shoulder.

Buck Showalter said Monday that the Baltimore Orioles were optimistic that Hardy wouldn't miss much time and that "nothing would reach into May."

"What they expected to find, they found. Just a matter of how long (he'll be out)," Showalter said. "... It's pretty good news, all things considered."

Hardy was hurt Friday when he collided with second baseman Jonathan Schoop while diving for a ground ball.

Associated Press

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Tillman, Orioles Open Talks On Extension

Mar 26, 2015 10:14 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have begun negotiations with Chris Tillman about a possible contract extension.

The two sides have a goal of completing a deal by the start of the season.

According to a source, no dollar figures have been discussed.

Tillman will make $4.3 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility this season if no deal is reached.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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Showalter: Wieters Likely To Begin Season On DL

Mar 21, 2015 3:26 PM

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, is "unlikely" to begin the season with the team, manager Buck Showalter said.

Wieters played catcher for the first time on Tuesday and reported no ill effects after the game. However on Wednesday, the Orioles shut him down from catching for at least a week.

Showalter said that if Wieters is unable to catch the team's opening game on April 6 at Tampa Bay, he would not be on the roster as a DH.

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Wieters Out With Elbow Tendinitis

Mar 18, 2015 4:30 PM

Matt Wieters has elbow tendinitis after his return from Tommy John surgery and won't play until at least Sunday.

Wieters caught six innings Tuesday for the Baltimore Orioles in his first game behind the plate since elbow surgery June 17. He is 0-for-23 at the plate in spring training.

"The big day for us was coming into today," Buck Showalter said. "He has some tendinitis working there. We're probably not going to DH him for a couple of days to let it all quiet down. Next time we'd consider something with him is Sunday as a DH. He could be cleared sooner."

Associated Press

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Hardy Happy To Have Security With Orioles

Mar 12, 2015 7:48 AM

J.J. Hardy signed a three-year extension with the Baltimore Orioles in October, removing him from speculation this spring.

"It's definitely nice knowing where you're going to be," Hardy said. "I know last year I wondered the whole time if I was going to be here or going to be somewhere else next year. It's just one less thing to think about. I think being able to just kind of focus on baseball and not really worry about any of that other stuff helps."

Hardy has a number of Baltimore teammates who are without a long-term deal.

"I feel like they're a little bit younger than I am," Hardy said. "You're talking about Matt [Wieters] and Chris [Davis], they both have Boras as an agent and he kind of does a lot more decision-making. For me, I told my agent (Mike Seal), 'I like it here. I want to stay here.' So it was more about him trying to work it out so I could stay.

"I think their situations may be just a little bit different when it comes to that, but either way I think they're in a good position for themselves and their families. For me, I signed here because we were good and I like what we have here, so I hope they stay."

Roch Kubatko/MASN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

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Sources: Orioles Keeping Eye On Howard

Mar 10, 2015 8:45 AM

The Baltimore Orioles are keeping tabs on Ryan Howard this spring, according to sources.

Howard was 2-for-3 in a spring game between the Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

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Matt Wieters Hopes To Catch Opening Day

Feb 23, 2015 2:01 AM

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has a goal this spring. He wants to be ready to play on Opening Day in Tampa Bay.

Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last June 17, is already catching bullpen sessions at spring training. 

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Orioles Nearing Deal With Everth Cabrera

Feb 19, 2015 8:35 AM

The Baltimore Orioles aren't expected to complete the deal on Thursday, but they are nearing an agreement with Everth Cabrera.

The two sides have been discussing a one-year contract in the range of $2.4 million.

Eduardo Encina/Baltimore Sun

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Orioles Among Those Interested In Dustin McGowan

Feb 11, 2015 5:50 PM

The Baltimore Orioles have expressed interest in Dustin McGowan, according to a report.

A number of other clubs have also shown interest in the 32-year-old.

The Toronto Blue Jays declined McGowan's $4 million option earlier this offseason.

Eduardo Encina/Baltimore Sun

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Cardinals Acquire Ohlman From Orioles
The Cardinals have acquired Michael Ohlman from the Orioles in exchange for cash considerations.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Pirates Trade Snider To Orioles
The Pirates have traded Travis Snider to the Orioles for a Minor League pitcher and a player to be named later.

Associated Press

Bud Norris, Orioles Agree To $8.8M Deal
The Orioles have avoided arbitration with Bud Norris, agreeing to a one-year, $8.8 million deal.

Associated Press

Blue Jays End Pursuit Of Dan Duquette
The Blue Jays have broken off talks with the Orioles for Dan Duquette after refusing to part with Jeff Hoffman and two other top prospects as compensation.

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Blue Jays Closing In On Deal For Duquette
The Blue Jays and Orioles are nearing a deal that would send executive Dan Duquette to Canada, according to sources.


Orioles Will Receive 'Substantial' If Duquette Goes To Blue Jays
If the Blue Jays are able to wrestle Dan Duquette away from the Orioles, his incumbent club will receive "substantial" compensation.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Orioles Discussing Extension With Tillman
Baltimore avoided arbitration with Chris Tillman on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $4.315 million deal for 2015.

Roch Kubatko/MASN

Well-Traveled Arthur Rhodes Retires
Arthur Rhodes had a 20-year career, changing uniforms 9 times in eleven years.

Angelos: Duquette Won't Be Leaving Orioles For Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have expressed interest in acquiring executive Dan Duquette from the Orioles, but managing partner Peter Angelos says that won't happen.

Dan Connolly/Baltimore Sun

Blue Jays, Orioles Discussing Duquette Trade
The Orioles and Jays have discussed a compensation package that would allow Dan Duquette, currently Baltimore's executive VP of baseball operations, to become Toronto's president and CEO.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Machado Expects To Be Ready For Spring Training
Manny Machado expects to be ready for Spring Training next month despite two knee operations in less than a year.

Associated Press

Tommy Hunter To Re-Sign With Orioles
Tommy Hunter and the Orioles have agreed to a one-year, $4.65 million contract.

Associated Press

Orioles Sign Arencibia To Minor League Deal
J.P. Arencibia, 29, will receive an invitation to Spring Training.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Orioles, Dodgers Have Engaged In Talks On Ethier
The Orioles are looking for a left-handed hitting outfielder and have discussed Andre Ethier with the Dodgers, according to a source.

Roch Kubatko/MASN

Orioles, Dodgers Have Discussed Ethier Trade
According to reports, the Orioles and Dodgers have had trade talks involving outfielder Andre Ethier.


Report: Norichika Aoki Seeking Three-Year Deal
The Orioles and Giants remain a possibility for outfielder Norichika Aoki.

Boston Globe

Longtime Executive Hank Peters Dies At 90
Hank Peters died on Sunday of complications from a recent stroke.

Orioles Focused On Signing Colby Rasmus
Buck Showalter is scheduled to meet with Colby Rasmus within the next few days at the player's home in Alabama.

Eduardo A. Encina/Baltimore Sun

Orioles Looking At Rasmus, Swisher
Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis both departed via free agency.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports