Baltimore Orioles Wiretap

Chris Davis Gets Exemption For Adderall

Dec 16, 2014 9:09 PM

Chris Davis has received approval for a therapeutic-use exemption for Adderall during the 2015 season.

Davis received a 25-game suspension on Sept. 25 for failing a second test for the drug.

He reportedly previously had an exemption, but not in 2014.

David Wilson/MLB

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

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Markakis To Receive $2M Signing Bonus

Dec 15, 2014 8:17 AM

The Atlanta Braves will pay Nick Markakis a $2 million signing bonus by Jan. 1 as part of his four-year, $44 million contract.

Markakis will receive annual salaries of $10.5 million under the deal.

The right-fielder spent his first nine big league seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.

Associated Press

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Orioles Had Deal For Starter Fall Through

Dec 11, 2014 8:38 AM

The Baltimore Orioles were on the verge of a trade for a starter on Wednesday, but the deal fell through.

Dan Duquette reminded the media that the Orioles aren't likely to make any big splashes.

"Keep in mind who the Orioles are," Duquette said. "We've got an established pitching staff. We've got a strong everyday lineup. We've got to fill a few holes. We're going to look at some options in the major league free-agent market and sign a couple players.

"We'll probably be active in the Rule 5 draft like we have been the last couple years. And we continue to build our team piece-by-piece. How we build our team is, we build it looking at all the options in the market, and we do it year-round."

Eduardo A. Encina/Baltimore Sun

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Sources: Andrew Miller, Yankees Reach $36M Deal

Dec 5, 2014 4:26 PM

The New York Yankees and Andrew Miller have agreed to terms on a four-year, $36 million deal.

The 29-year-old pitched for the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles last season.

The Yankees are reportedly prepared to move on from closer David Robertson, unless his price drops.


Tags: New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Braves Agree To Four-Year Deal With Markakis

Dec 3, 2014 7:17 PM

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a four-year contract with Nick Markakis, according to a source.

According to sources, the deal could end up being worth $45 million.

The Baltimore Orioles declined their half of the $17.5 million mutual option for the 2015 season on the outfielder's contract, instead paying him a $2 million buyout to make him a free agent.


Tags: Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Orioles, Mariners, Padres In Play For Matt Kemp

Dec 3, 2014 4:04 PM

The Baltimore Orioles are one of at least three teams -- along with the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres -- showing interest in acquiring Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

One person close to the situation said the Orioles have gotten "nowhere" in talks for the outfielder.

Baltimore has an obvious need with Nelson Cruz gone and Nick Markakis likely to leave via free agency as well.

Kemp is owed more than $100 million over five more seasons.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Orioles Showing 'Strong Interest' In Morse

Dec 3, 2014 7:41 AM

The Baltimore Orioles are showing "strong interest" in Michael Morse, according to a report.

Baltimore lost Nelson Cruz to the Seattle Mariners and watched Torii Hunter agree to terms with the Minnesota Twins.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Sources: Less Than 50-50 Chance Orioles Re-Sign Markakis

Dec 2, 2014 8:02 AM

The likelihood that the Baltimore Orioles re-sign Nick Markakis appears to be decreasing, according to sources.

It seemed like a virtually certainty a month ago that the outfielder would return to Baltimore.

Markakis and the Orioles were involved in serious negotiations on a four-year deal worth roughly $10 million to $12 million annually.

Dan Connolly/Baltimore Sun

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Report: O's Discuss Trade For Kemp With Dodgers

Dec 1, 2014 1:14 AM

But with Baltimore's chances of retaining Nick Markakis now appearing less certain, the club could be eyeing alternatives. A report indicated just that on Sunday, saying that the Orioles not only are talking with free agent Torii Hunter, but also have discussed a Matt Kemp trade with the Dodgers.

Kemp has been the subject of numerous rumors, with the Dodgers facing a glut of outfielders.

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Market For Nelson Cruz Could Take Shape

Nov 28, 2014 9:03 AM

Now that Yasmany Tomas has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the market for Nelson Cruz could begin to take shape very soon.

Cruz now sits atop a thin list of free-agent power hitters with Tomas, Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez off the market.

Cruz led the Major Leagues with 40 home runs after signing a one-year, $8 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles prior to the 2014 season.

Paul Casella/MLBlogs

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Andrew Miller Negotiating Seriously With 8-10 Teams
The Orioles aren't one of those teams, according to a source.

Dan Connolly/Baltimore Sun

Marlins Exploring Trades To Upgrade First Base
The Marlins have inquired about Baltimore's Chris Davis and Atlanta's Evan Gattis.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Mariners Targeting Nelson Cruz
While the Mariners are looking at trade targets in search of an outfield bat, they are expected to pursue Nelson Cruz first.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Orioles View Melky Cabrera As 'Fallback Option'
If the Orioles can't re-sign Nick Markakis, they view Melky Cabrera as a "fallback option," according to sources.

Roch Kubatko/MASN Sports

Andrew Miller Has Multiple Offers On Table
Miller doesn't have experience as a closer, but could command more than $6 million annually.

Jon Paul Morosi/FOX Sports

Orioles, Markakis Optimistic About Contract Talks
Jamie Murphy, the outfielder's agent, said he will continue to talk with other clubs, but a four-year deal is very possible despite early pessimism.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Orioles Make Offer To A.J. Burnett
Nothing is believed to be close between the two sides, but it's clear that the Orioles are in the market for starting pitching.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Agent: Andrew Miller Is Closer-In-Waiting
Andrew Miller may be looking to be paid like a closer as a free agent this offseason.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Nelson Cruz Wants To Re-Sign With Orioles
Nelson Cruz, who led baseball with 40 home runs this season, was issued a $15.3 million qualifying offer by Baltimore.

Eduardo A. Encina/Baltimore Sun

Major Individual Award Finalists Announced
The BWAA has revealed the top three finalists for the American League and National League for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player.


Cruz Receives QO For Second-Straight Year
Nelson Cruz declined last year's qualifying offer from the Rangers ($14.1 million) and this year's offer is for $15.3 million in 2015.

Brittany Ghiroli/MLB

Orioles Decline Markakis' Option
Nick Markakis will receive a $2 million buyout as part of a deal signed with the Orioles in 2009.

Orioles To Keep Chen, O'Day; Declines Options On Markakis, Hundley
Nick Markakis would have made $17.5 million.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Brian Roberts Retires After 14 Seasons
Brian Roberts, who played all but one season of his 14-year Major League career with the Orioles, has confirmed that he will retire.


Mets Could Target Nick Markakis
The Mets want a corner outfielder and need someone that can hit leadoff.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Orioles Likely To Decline Option On Markakis
The Orioles are interested in re-signing Nick Markakis, but are likely to decline his $17.5 million option.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Orioles Want To Re-Sign Nelson Cruz
The Orioles are interested in re-signing Nelson Cruz, but will likely make a one-year call.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Royals Sweep Orioles, Reach World Series
Kansas City last appeared in the World Series in 1985, which was also their last playoff run.

Associated Press

Rain Delays Game 3 Of ALCS
The game was rescheduled for Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. EDT.

Associated Press

Dyson Throws More Bulletin-Board Material At O's
Jarrod Dyson took postseason candor to an even higher level when speaking to reporters in the Kansas City clubhouse.