December 2009 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap
Alomar Eyes First-Ballot Hall Nod
Roberto Alomar is a candidate for the Baseball Hall of fame for the first time this year. The 12-time All Star and 10-time Gold Glove recipient seems the most likely of the newcomers to be elected when the results are announced that day. "I'm not nervous, I'm excited," said Alomar. "I'm looking forward to it. I think it's going to be a big moment for all Puerto Ricans, especially my family. We're all expecting me to get elected."
Holliday Unlikely To Sign By Christmas
The Cardinals appear to finally have competition for free-agent outfielder Matt Holliday. FOX Sports reported on Thursday that the Orioles have entered the race for Holliday. A source told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch earlier this week that Holliday would prefer to remain with the Cardinals, but Baltimore has the kind of money that Holliday and agent Scott Boras are looking for in a contract. As negotiations continue, with Baltimore reportedly entering the mix, Holliday is unlikely to sign before Christmas.
Orioles Reach Agreement With Mike Gonzalez
The Orioles have reached a preliminary agreement on a two-year, $12 million contract with pitcher Mike Gonzalez. A baseball source told ESPN.com of the deal. Gonzalez would get $6 million each of the next two seasons and could earn an additional $2 million in performance bonuses, according to the Associated Press. He went 5-4 with a 2.42 ERA in 80 appearances for Atlanta in 2009.
Orioles Enter Bidding For Holliday
The Orioles have jumped into the bidding for Matt Holliday, though both the seriousness of their efforts and Holliday?s desire to play in Baltimore are in question, major-league sources say. Holliday is unlikely to go to the Orioles unless they offer him significantly more money that St. Louis. A year ago, the O?s bid $140 million over seven years for free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira.
Atkins Signs Deal With Baltimore
Garrett Atkins has signed a one-year, $4-million deal with the Baltimore Orioles that includes an $8.5 club option with a $500,000 buyout. Atkins can make an additional $500,000 in plate appearance bonuses. Atkins struggled with the Rockies last season, losing his starting job to Ian Stewart in the first week of June.
Meredith, Albers Agree With Orioles
The Orioles have agreed to one-year deals with right-handed pitchers Cla Meredith and Matt Albers. Meredith will make $850,000 under the deal, which was announced on Saturday, while Albers received a split contract calling for $680,000 if he is in the majors and $275,000 if he is in the minors. Neither contract is guaranteed.
Texas Deals Millwood, Set To Sign Harden
The Rangers added right-handed reliever Chris Ray to their bullpen on Wednesday and are on the verge of signing free agent right-hander Rich Harden in their starting rotation. Both acquisitions were made possible by dealing Kevin Millwood. The Rangers sent Millwood to the Orioles for Ray and a player to be named later at the Winter Meetings. The player to be named could be the third pick in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. Texas will also pick up $3 million of Millwood's $12 million salary for 2010, leaving it with a savings of about $7 million. The Rangers will use that money to sign Harden to a one-year deal worth $7.5 million with an $11.5 million option for 2011.
Orioles Nearing Deal For Millwood
The Orioles are nearing a deal for Rangers starting pitcher Kevin Millwood, multiple front-office sources have confirmed to MLB.com. In the deal, Baltimore would send reliever Chris Ray to Texas. Both clubs will have to review and approve medical records to make such a deal official, which could take several days. "It's our understanding that it's not done yet," said agent Scott Boras, who represents Millwood.
Orioles, Rangers Discussing Millwood Deal
The Orioles have had discussions with the Rangers about starting pitcher Kevin Millwood. Baltimore may be getting close to acquiring Millwood for one of their second-level pitching prospects. According to the report, Texas might pay a portion of Millwood's salary.