Baltimore Orioles Wiretap

Michael Bourn Breaks Finger Catching Football

Feb 25, 2017 6:32 PM

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Michael Bourn is expected to miss four weeks after he suffered a broken finger while catching a football, manager Buck Showalter said Saturday.

The 34-year-old Bourn, who was signed to a minor league deal Monday, was injured after Friday's workout. His status for Opening Day is unsure.

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Injury, Misc Rumor

Michael Bourn, Orioles Agree To Minor League Deal

Feb 21, 2017 7:00 AM

Michael Bourn has agreed to a Minor League deal with the Baltimore Orioles that includes an invite to Spring Training.

"His all-around play helped the club earn a 2016 playoff spot," Dan Duquette said. "The O's are glad to have him back."

Bourn will earn $2 million if he makes the Major League roster, according to a source.


Tags: Baltimore Orioles

Chris Tillman, Orioles Have Kept Extension Talks Alive

Feb 13, 2017 8:33 AM

The Baltimore Orioles and Chris Tillman have kept the lines of communication open on a contract extension, but talks haven't gotten serious.

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports writes that, "it's time to get serious if they truly want to bring him back."

Tillman, 28, pitched 172 innings in 2016, posting a 3.77 ERA, 140 strikeouts, 1.285 WHIP and 4.23 FIP.

Roch Kubatko/MASN Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Orioles Sign Chris Johnson To Minor League Deal

Feb 13, 2017 8:27 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have signed Chris Johnson to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Johnson, 32, spent last season with the Miami Marlins after joining the club to be a platoon partner for left-handed-hitting first baseman Justin Bour.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

Orioles, Kevin Gausman Avoid Arbitration

Feb 6, 2017 7:59 AM

The Baltimore Orioles and Kevin Gausman have agreed to a deal to avoid arbitration.

Gausman will earn $3.45 million in 2017, up from the midpoint of $3.35 million.

The 26-year-old is coming off his best season since his 2012 debut, having amassed 30 starts and registered a 3.61 ERA, 8.72 K/9, 2.35 BB/9 and 44.1 percent ground-ball rate across 179 2/3 innings.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Caleb Joseph Loses Arbitration Case Against Orioles

Feb 3, 2017 7:38 AM

Caleb Joseph lost his salary arbitration case against the Baltimore Orioles after setting Major League records for at-bats and plate appearances in a season with no RBIs.

The Orioles have won nine-straight cases over more than two decades.

Joseph was awarded the team's $700,000 offer rather than his $1 million request.

He made $523,500 last year and was eligible for arbitration for the first time.

Associated Press

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Adam Jones: O's Need To Improve Outfield Defense

Jan 29, 2017 1:12 PM

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones says his team hasn't done enough to improve the outfield in the offseason.

During the team's FanFest on Saturday, he spoke out about his belief that the Orioles' outfield needs more speed and athleticism.

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

Chris Davis Says Jose Bautista 'Easy To Dislike'

Jan 29, 2017 1:08 PM

The Orioles and Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista have a history of hostility. 

Asked Saturday by a young fan at the team's FanFest about his opinion of Bautista, Chris Davis didn't hold back.

"He's actually a pretty good dude," Davis said but then added after a pause, "said no one ever."

He then added that Bautista is "a guy who's easy to dislike."

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

Orioles, Mark Trumbo Agree To Three-Year, $37.5M Contract

Jan 20, 2017 7:26 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a three-year, $37.5 million deal with Mark Trumbo, according to a source.

The deal will become official when Trumbo passes a physical.

Trumbo led the major leagues with 47 home runs in 2016.

Baltimore offered him the one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer, but he rejected it.


Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Jason Hammel Could Reunite With Orioles

Jan 9, 2017 7:33 AM

The Baltimore Orioles are looking to add a veteran pitcher and are interested in a reunion with Jason Hammel.

Hammel pitched for the Orioles from 2012-13.

"We like him, especially the way he pitched for us," Dan Duquette told Jim Bowden.

Hammel, 34, became a free agent after the Chicago Cubs bought out his 2017 option.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Orioles Have Some Interest In Brandon Moss
Brandon Moss has experience as a corner outfielder, a position the Orioles are still looking to bolster even after acquiring Seth Smith on Friday.

Roch Kubatko/MASN Sports

M's Acquire Yovani Gallardo From O's For Seth Smith
Yovani Gallardo gives the Mariners another option for their starting pitching rotation for 2017.

Athletics Have Reached Out To Mark Trumbo
Mark Trumbo slugged a Major League-high 47 home runs in 2016.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Orioles Sign Jesus Montero To Minor League Deal
Jesus Montero will open the 2017 season in the midst of a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Orioles Have Interest In Bourn, Davis, Pagan, Saunders
The Orioles have maintained interest in free agent outfielders Michael Bourn, Rajai Davis, Angel Pagan and Michael Saunders.

Roch Kubatko/MASN Sports

Orioles Sign Welington Castillo After All
The Orioles have agreed on a one-year deal with Welington Castillo despite recent reports that downplayed the possibility.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Orioles Likely Moving On From Welington Castillo
Talks between the Orioles and Welington Castillo have slowed and the club will likely move on, according to a report.

Dan Connolly/Baltimore Baseball

Mets Offered Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson To Orioles For Reliever
The Mets offered Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce to the Orioles in exchange for a reliever, but talks didn't advance.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Matt Wieters Injures Left Arm In 'Household Accident'
Matt Wieters hurt his non-throwing arm in a "household accident" earlier this offseason, but he is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

Brittany Ghiroli/MLB

Jason Castro Has Multiple Three-Year Offers
The Twins, Orioles, Braves and Rays have been linked to Jason Castro.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Orioles Interested In Signing Ian Desmond
The Orioles are interested in free agent Ian Desmond, according to a source.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Zach Britton, Kenley Jansen Named MLB's Top Relievers
Zach Britton converted all 47 save chances and had a 0.54 ERA, and Kenley Jansen also had 47 saves.

Postseason Home Runs Coming At Record Clip
After we saw a jump in home runs during the regular season, the spike has carried over into the playoffs.

Jeff Sullivan/ESPN

Andrew Miller: Buck Showalter 'Knows What He's Doing'
Andrew Miller, one of Buck Showalter's former relievers, strongly defended the manager after he failed to use Zach Britton in the Orioles' Wild Card loss to the Blue Jays.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Toronto Police Identify Beer-Throwing Fan As Local Writer
Toronto police have identified the fan that threw a beer can at Hyun soo Kim during a routine fly ball during Tuesday night's American League Wild Card game at Rogers Centre.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Blue Jays Fan Throws Beer Can At Hyun Soo Kim During Fly Ball
The Orioles were enraged after a fan threw a beer can onto the field as Hyun Soo Kim caught the final out in the seventh inning of the Blue Jays' win in the American League Wild Card Game at Rogers C

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Buck Showalter On Not Using Zach Britton: 'It Didn't Work Out'
Zach Britton warmed up three times: in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings.

Brittany Ghiroli/MLB

Edwin Encarnacion's Walk-Off Home Run Sends Blue Jays To ALDS
With the score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the 11th inning on Tuesday night, Edwin Encarnacion hit a walk-off, three-run home run to send the Blue Jays past the Orioles and into the ALDS.

Jim Caple/ESPN

Jays Beat Red Sox, Will Host O's In AL Wild-Card Game
The Blue Jays beat the Red Sox by the score of 2-1 on Sunday to clinch the AL's top wild-card spot.

Tony La Russa: Adam Jones Wrong In Saying MLB Is A 'White Man's Sport'
Tony La Russa recognizes there are issues that affect the black community in the United States, but disagrees with Adam Jones, who said Major League Baseball is a "white man's sport."