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Orioles, Brian Matusz Agree To $3.9M Deal

Feb 5, 2016 6:18 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million deal with Brian Matusz.

The agreement allows the two sides to avoid arbitration.

Matusz, 28, went 1-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 58 appearances out of the bullpen last season for Baltimore.

The pitcher asked for $4.4 million, and the Orioles offered $3.5 million, leaving Thursday's agreement $50,000 below the midpoint.

Associated Press

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

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Orioles Acquire Despaigne From Padres

Feb 4, 2016 4:09 PM

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired Odrisamer Despaigne from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Minor League pitcher Jean Cosme.

Despaigne has three Minor League options remaining and can be a long reliever or a fifth starter.

"Despaigne is a solid addition to our pitching staff because of his versatility. Our scouts have liked him for some time," Dan Duquette said.

"He has proven he can start and serve as a long-relief option out of the bullpen. Over the last two seasons in San Diego, he pitched 222 innings in 50 games, 34 of which he started. He is a good competitor, and we expect him to compete for a spot in the back end of the rotation."

Brittany Ghiroli/MLB

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Orioles Minor Leaguer Killed In Motorcycle Accident

Feb 1, 2016 7:44 AM

Baltimore Orioles Minor League infielder Ramon Ramirez was killed in a motorcycle accident on Saturday in the Dominican Republic.

"Our entire organization is deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic death of Ramon Ramirez," the team said in a statement.

"As a member of the Orioles organization, Ramon worked tirelessly to make the most of his opportunity to play professional baseball. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, teammates, and coaches as we mourn this unimaginable loss."

Ramirez, 23, was riding with his girlfriend on the back of the motorcycle when they were struck by another vehicle. His girlfriend survived, suffering a broken leg.

ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

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Orioles Made Five-Year Offer To Cespedes

Jan 27, 2016 4:29 PM

The Baltimore Orioles were the third team in on Yoenis Cespedes last week along with the Washington Nationals and New York Mets.

Cespedes received a five-year offer from the Orioles, which he obviously turned down in favor of a three-year, $75 million pact with the Mets.

It hasn't been reported what the value or structure of Baltimore's offer was at this point.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Orioles Unlikely To Surrender Draft Pick For Free Agent

Jan 22, 2016 3:54 PM

The Baltimore Orioles have been linked to Yovani Gallardo, but Dan Duquette said on MLB Network Radio that the club would prefer to retain its first-round pick.

"The question for us is 'Are we willing to give up our first-round pick?' and so far that answer has been no," the executive said when asked about Gallardo.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Astros, Orioles Interested In Yovani Gallardo

Jan 21, 2016 6:24 AM

Yovani Gallardo is drawing interest from the Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles, according to a report.

Gallardo, believed to be the top starter left on the free agent market, has also been linked to the Toronto Blue Jays this offseason.

The right-hander is tied to draft-pick compensation because he declined a qualifying offer from the Texas Rangers.

Austin Laymance/MLB

Tags: Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Cespedes Offered Free Crab Cakes For Life To Sign With Orioles

Jan 19, 2016 7:19 AM

A Baltimore restaurant has offered Yoenis Cespedes free crab cakes for life if he signs with the Orioles.

In August, the New York Mets tweeted a picture of Cespedes at a table laden with the remains of crab legs while they were in Baltimore.

Jimmy's Seafood previously made a similar offer to Chris Davis, who signed a seven-year deal to stay in Baltimore. Davis reportedly is a big fan of the food.

ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Orioles, Chris Davis Agree To Seven-Year, $161M Deal

Jan 16, 2016 10:16 AM

The Baltimore Orioles and Chris Davis have agreed to a seven-year, $161 million deal, according to a source.

The deal, first reported by the MLB Network, is pending a medical review.

The sides reached the agreement less than two days after the Orioles reportedly made an offer to Yoenis Cespedes.

Cespedes is no longer a consideration in Baltimore that Davis has re-signed with the Orioles, a baseball source confirmed.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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

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Mets Still Interested In Short-Term Deal For Cespedes

Jan 15, 2016 3:00 PM

The New York Mets have not extended a formal contract offer to Yoenis Cespedes, but they remain interested in potentially re-signing him on a short-term deal, according to a report.

Cespedes is reportedly looking for a long-term deal, but the Mets would like to limit an agreement to one to three years.

The outfielder is believed to be considering a five-year, $90 million offer from the Baltimore Orioles.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Sources: Orioles Make Offer To Yoenis Cespedes

Jan 15, 2016 7:58 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have made a contract offer to Yoenis Cespedes, according to a report.

According to sources, Baltimore has been discussing a five-year offer in the range of $75 million to $90 million.

The Orioles are looking for ways to boost their lineup while waiting for Chris Davis to decide where he'll play in 2016.

"Cespedes is an option, but it has nothing to do with Chris," Buck Showalter said. "We've talked about all of them. We talked about [Justin] Upton, we talked about [Howie] Kendrick. We're more interested in, do we want to give up a draft pick or not? We've got seven picks in the first 100 this year."

ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Chris Davis, Orioles In Holding Pattern
The Orioles continue to wait on Chris Davis, who remains available on the free agent market.

Brittany Ghiroli/MLB

Orioles Interested In Minors Deal With Gavin Floyd
They reportedly invited Floyd for a tryout and plan to offer him a Spring Training deal if things go well.

Rich Dubroff/CSN Baltimore

Orioles, Mets In Talks With Antonio Bastardo
Antonio Bastardo, 30, spent last season with the Pirates.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Yovani Gallardo Being Courted By Astros, Orioles, Royals
Yovani Gallardo remains available on the free agent market and is reportedly being courted by the Astros, Orioles and Royals.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Ned Rice Leaves Orioles For Job With Phillies
Ned Rice, Baltimore's director of major league administration, has accepted a position with the Phillies.

Roch Kubatko/MASN

Orioles Aren't Serious Contenders For Yoenis Cespedes
Baltimore certainly isn't going to pay Yoenis Cespedes well north of $100 million, which is what he was projected to receive at the start of free agency.

Roch Kubatko/MASN

Orioles, White Sox Emerging As Leaders For Cespedes
The Giants and Angels are also reportedly in the mix.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Mat Latos Drawing Interest From Five Teams
Five teams have checked on Mat Latos, who is looking to sign a one-year deal in hopes of re-establishing his value.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Orioles Have Engaged In Talks With Yoenis Cespedes
The Orioles have engaged in talks with Yoenis Cespedes and other "high-end" free agent outfielders, according to a report.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Report: Orioles Sign Hyun-soo Kim
Hyun-soo Kim's deal is reportedly worth $7 million over two seasons.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Astros, Orioles, Royals Going After Yovani Gallardo
A report suggests that Gallardo could choose from one of those three clubs soon.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Orioles Make Two-Year Offer To Hyun-Soo Kim
The Orioles have made a two-year offer worth at least $3 million per season to Korean outfielder Hyun-Soo Kim, according to a report.

Dan Connolly/Baltimore Sun

Orioles Pull Back Seven-Year Offer Made To Chris Davis
The deal was reportedly worth $150 million.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Chris Davis Reportedly Seeking $200M Contract
The Orioles have reportedly offered Chris Davis a seven-year, $150 million contract, but the slugger is "believed to be seeking" an eight-year deal worth $200 million.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Orioles Offer Chris Davis Seven-Year, $150M Deal
Chris Davis, who turns 30 in March, led the Major Leagues with 47 home runs in 2015.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Orioles Looking To Replace Wei-Yin Chen Via Trade
Baltimore currently has Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez, Ubaldo Jimenez and Kevin Gausman, all right-handers, set for their rotation.

Brittany Ghiroli/MLB

Orioles Meeting With Boras About Chris Davis
Baltimore has made it known that they want to re-sign Chris Davis, but his price could become too high.

Roch Kubatko/MASN

Cubs, Diamondbacks No Longer Targeting Shelby Miller
The Braves have been discussing Shelby Miller in trades, but the Cubs and Diamondbacks are no longer in the mix for the young pitcher.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Orioles, Darren O'Day Agree On Four-Year, $31M Deal
Darren O'Day went 6-2 last season, with six saves and a 1.52 ERA and was voted to the All-Star Game for the first time in his career.

ESPN.com

Orioles To Acquire Mark Trumbo From Mariners
Mark Trumbo gives Baltimore an option at first base if Chris Davis leaves in free agency.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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