Baltimore Orioles Wiretap

Reds Acquire International Bonus Slots From Orioles

May 24, 2016 7:46 AM

The Cincinnati Reds have acquired two international signing slots from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Minor League right-hander Franderlyn Romero.

Only certain draft picks may be traded, but teams are able to trade individual signing allotments, subject to certain restrictions.

It's not yet known which slots were sent to Cincinnati.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Orioles, Brian Duensing Agree To Minors Deal

May 24, 2016 7:34 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a Minor League contract with Brian Duensing.

The 33-year-old reliever opted out of a deal with the Kansas City Royals on May 15. He'll report to Triple-A Norfolk.

Duensing is a former first-round pick of the Minnesota Twins.

David Hall/Virginian Pilot

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Former MLB Pitcher Sammy Ellis Dies At 75

May 15, 2016 2:43 PM

Former major league pitcher Sammy Ellis, who became an All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds in 1965, has died. He was 75.

The funeral home handling the arrangements said Ellis died Friday in Temple Terrace, Florida. It didn't provide details on his death.

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Tim Lincecum Showcase Set For Friday

May 1, 2016 11:56 PM

Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum will pitch for major league clubs in a showcase event Friday as he attempts to make a comeback from hip surgery last year.

The free agent right-hander is set to hold his much-anticipated throwing session Friday in Arizona, according to Paul Kuo, spokesman for Lincecum's agency, Beverly Hills Sports Council.

The Giants will be there as planned all along, general manager Bobby Evans said Sunday. The Padres and Orioles also are among the expected 20 or so attendees, according to MLB Network.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Five MLB Players Enter Into Brand Contracts With Fantex

Apr 28, 2016 8:29 AM

Fantex, Inc. announced on Wednesday that it has entered into brand contracts with five Major League players.

The players are Maikel Franco, Collin McHugh, Jonathan Schoop, Tyler Duffey and Yangervis Solarte.

Fantex offers professional athletes an up-front, one-time payment in exchange for a portion of that player's future earnings both on and off the field. Fantex then sells "shares" of that player to public investors for a set price.

Andrew Heaney became the first player to enter into an agreement with Fantex last September, taking a $3.34 million up-front payment in exchange for 10 percent of his future earnings.


Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Legal

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O's Place Yovani Gallardo On DL With Shoulder Tendinitis

Apr 23, 2016 6:32 PM

The Orioles placed pitcher Yovani Gallardo on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with tendinitis in the shoulder of his pitching arm.

Gallardo complained of a sore right shoulder in his start Friday against the Royals and was pulled after two innings and 45 pitches. The Orioles flew him back to Baltimore to be examined.

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Ubaldo Jimenez Has Been Dominant Against Blue Jays

Apr 20, 2016 3:58 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have three of the most feared hitters in the game, but Ubaldo Jimenez has owned Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion recently.

The trio combined for 120 home runs last season and Donaldson was named the American League MVP.

Jimenez thrived against the Blue Jays last year, going 3-1 with a 2.55 ERA, thanks in large part to his continued dominance over Toronto's big three.

Heading into Wednesday night's game between Baltimore and Toronto, Donaldson, Bautista and Encarnacion have a combined .127 lifetime batting average against Jimenez, with just one home run in 79 at-bats.

Here is a breakdown of their career lines:

Donaldson: 2-for-17 (.118) 0 HR, 2 RBIs

Bautista: 2-for-30 (.067), 0 HR, 0 RBI

Encarnacion: 6-for-32 (.188), 1 HR, 3 RBIs

"I've been fortunate enough that the days I've pitched against them, I've had all my stuff," said Jimenez, searching for an explanation. "Just executing whatever the catcher is calling back there."

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, Stats

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Orioles Make Offer To Kyle Lohse; Reds, Tigers Interested

Apr 19, 2016 7:39 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have offered Kyle Lohse a contract and the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers are also interested, according to a report.

It remains to be seen if the 37-year-old has received an offer from Cincinnati or Detroit.

Lohse is coming off a rough season in the final year of a three-year, $33 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor

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Orioles Showing Interest In Kyle Lohse

Apr 14, 2016 3:53 PM

Kyle Lohse is drawing interest from the Baltimore Orioles.

Lohse has received interest from teams as a spot starter or to add rotational depth.

The 37-year-old pitched 152.1 innings for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2015, posting a 5.85 ERA and 108 strikeouts against 43 walks.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor

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Red Sox Courted Chris Davis Before He Re-Signed With Orioles

Apr 14, 2016 9:59 AM

Chris Davis told the Boston Herald that the Boston Red Sox showed interest in him before he re-signed with the Baltimore Orioles this offseason.

"I pretty much tried to stay out of it as much as I could and let my agent handle it, but I remember their name coming up a few times," Davis said. "I don't know how in depth they talked. I don't know if it was just a feeler or what was going on."

Davis might have been a good fit for the Red Sox going forward with David Ortiz retiring, opening up the DH slot.

Chris Mason/Boston Herald

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor

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Orioles, Nats Deny Reports Dan Duquette Could Leave For Washington
Both the Orioles and Nationals have rejected the idea that the Nationals are pursuing executive Dan Duquette to take over as the team's president.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Dylan Bundy Returns To Major League Mound After Four Years
Dylan Bundy had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and has been hampered by injuries the past few years.

Brittany Ghiroli/MLB

Orioles Had Interest In David Murphy
The Orioles had interest in David Murphy before they added Hyun Soo Kim to their Opening Day roster.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Adam Jones Defies O's Pie Ban With Cake After Walk-Off Win
Before the season, the Orioles banned Adam Jones' ritual of smashing pies in player's faces to celebrate victories, citing safety concerns.


South Korean Hyun Soo Kim Makes O's Opening Day Roster
Outfielder Hyun Soo Kim signed a two-year, $7M deal with the Orioles last December.

Orioles Release Miguel Gonzalez
Miguel Gonzalez, 31, had agreed to a $5.1 million arbitration salary for the coming season.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Five Teams Interested In Miguel Gonzalez
The White Sox are "aggressively pursuing" his services, while the Athletics, Blue Jays, Marlins and Angels also have some level of interest.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Hyun Soo Kim 'Resisting' Minor League Assignment
Hyun Soo Kim won't be on the Opening Day roster for the Orioles and the Korean outfielder is reportedly "resisting" a Minor League assignment.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Hyun Soo Kim Won't Begin Season With Orioles
Hyun Soo Kim must agree to any Minor League assignment after signing a two-year, $7 million contract last December.

Associated Press

Orioles Discussing James Shields Trade With Padres
The Red Sox have also been in contact with San Diego regarding starting pitching.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Jay Bruce Still Possible Trade Target For Orioles
The Orioles are trying to plug last-minute holes on their roster and trading for Jay Bruce remains a possibility.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Orioles End Pie In The Face Celebrations
The Orioles have decided to end the pie in the face practice for safety reasons.

Casey Close, Dan Duquette Trade Words Regarding Dexter Fowler
Dexter Fowler signed a one-year deal with the Cubs on Thursday, a few days after seemingly agreeing to terms on a three-year deal with the Orioles.

Brittany Ghiroli/MLB

Dexter Fowler Surprises With Return To Cubs
Dexter Fowler was linked to the Orioles on a three-year deal earlier this week.


Yovani Gallardo Signs Restructured Deal With Orioles
The deal is worth $22 million, according to a league source, and could end up being worth $33 million over three years.


Orioles Concerned About Yovani Gallardo's Shoulder
The possible snag in the agreement between the Orioles and Yovani Gallardo is over the right-hander's shoulder, according to a report.

Eduardo A. Encina/Baltimore Sun

Orioles Agree To Three-Year, $35M Deal With Dexter Fowler
The deal will be finalized after Fowler undergoes a physical with Baltimore.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Orioles Have Questions About Gallardo's Physical
It is unclear how the concerns could change the status of the pending three-year agreement between the Orioles and Yovani Gallardo.

Brittany Ghiroli/MLB

O's, Yovani Gallardo Agree To Three-Year, $35M Deal
The Orioles deal with free-agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo includes a fourth-year option at $13M, according to sources.

Orioles Making Progress On Deals With Fowler, Gallardo
The Orioles are confident they'll sign both free agents.

Buster Olney/ESPN