October 2012 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap

Orioles Decline $11M Option On Reynolds

Oct 31, 2012 3:11 PM

The Orioles have declined their $11 million option on the contract of Mark Reynolds for next season.

Reynolds is still under team control and could be retained if the Orioles offer him arbitration or the two sides work out a deal.

He got off to the worst start of his career and struggled offensively most of the season, but did hit 23 home runs. Reynolds made $7.5 million in 2012.

Brittany Ghiroli/MLB.com

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Orioles Win Three Gold Gloves As Jones Edges Trout

Oct 31, 2012 8:27 AM

The Orioles lead all Major League teams with three Gold Gloves following a resurgent 2012 season.

Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones all won the award. Jones edged Angels rookie Mike Trout, who was expected by many to take the honor.

The rest of the American League winners were Jake Peavy/Jeremy Hellickson at pitcher, Mark Teixeira at first, Robinson Cano at second, Adrian Beltre at third. The other two outfielders were Alex Gordon and Josh Reddick.

The National League winners were Mark Buehrle, Yadier Molina, Adam LaRoche, Darwin Barney, Chase Headley, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Gonzalez, Andrew McCutchen and Jason Heyward.


Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Personal Award

Will Royals Become 2013's Orioles Or Athletics?

Oct 30, 2012 4:14 PM

Dayton Moore has talked about 2014 as the year for the Royals to enter contention, but they could take a big step forward as soon as next season.

Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon and Billy Butler all appear ready to lead a playoff team and with two Wild Card entrants the odds are higher for Kansas City.


Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics

Orioles Won't Sign Starter To Long-Term Deal

Oct 29, 2012 8:02 AM

The Orioles might be in need of a front-line starting pitcher, but they are unlikely to sign one to a long-term contract.

Dan Duquette has told reporters that he's more likely to acquire a pitcher the way he added Joe Saunders in 2012.

They don't want to go past three years on a contract as they have Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman coming on the horizon.

Roch Kubatko/MASN Sports

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

Orioles Cut Ties With 2006 First-Round Pick

Oct 28, 2012 10:36 AM

After a rocky relationship, the Orioles will cut ties with 2006 first-round pick Billy Rowell.

Rowell, the ninth overall selection six years ago, can become a Minor League free agent once the World Series ends.

He signed for a $2.1 million bonus as the first high school position player in his draft class.

In May, Rowell was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for marijuana. It was the second time he had tested positive for recreational drug use.

Dan Connolly/Baltimore Sun

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Orioles Give Red Sox Permission To Speak With Peterson

Oct 28, 2012 10:32 AM

The Orioles have given the Red Sox permission to speak with Rick Peterson about their vacant pitching coach position.

He will interview for the job, according to a baseball source.

Peterson spent the 2012 season as Baltimore's director of pitching development.


Dan Connolly/Baltimore Sun

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles

Orioles, Diamondbacks Complete Saunders Trade

Oct 23, 2012 4:54 PM

The Orioles and Diamondbacks have completed an August 26th trade that sent Joe Saunders to Baltimore for Matt Lindstrom.

The Orioles sent cash to Arizona to complete the deal when the sides couldn't agree on a player to be named.

Ben Nicholson-Smith/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Reynolds, McLouth Want Another Ride With Orioles

Oct 13, 2012 7:15 PM

After a successful season in Baltimore, Mark Reynolds and Nate McLouth are looking forward to more time with the Orioles.

Reynolds signed a three-year, $14.5 million contract before the 2010 season with an $11 million option for 2013.

"I'd definitely like to come back," he said. "This is the most fun I've ever had playing baseball, this group of guys. There's a bunch of ballplayers in this room. No prima donnas, nobody for themselves. Just ballplayers who pull for each other, and who wouldn't want to be in that environment."

McLouth signed midseason as a free agent after he was cut by the Pirates.

"Personally, I couldn't have had a better time in the time I've spent here, the two months I've been up here," he said. "I am appreciative they gave me the opportunity and I had a great time."

Adam Rosenbloom/MLB.com

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Yankees Advance To ALCS Behind Sabathia

Oct 12, 2012 8:52 PM

Yankees ace CC Sabathia pitched a four-hitter and New York once again came out on the right side of a disputed home run call against the Orioles in October, beating Baltimore 3-1 Friday in the deciding Game 5 to reach the ALCS against Detroit, according to an ESPN.com report.



Tags: New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Game Recap

Orioles Hitting .197 With Nine Runs In ALDS

Oct 12, 2012 10:45 AM

The Orioles forced a decisive Game 5 against the Yankees with an extra-inning win on Thursday night.

Baltimore is one win away from the ALCS despite a poor offensive performance against New York.

They are hitting .197 as a team with just nine runs scored in four games.

Mike Bauman/MLB.com

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Stats

Yankees Had Won 10 Consecutive Extra-Inning Home Games
Baltimore beat New York in the 13th inning to force a deciding fifth game in the ALDS.

ESPN Stats & Info

O's Outlast Yankees To Force Game 5
J.J. Hardy hit an RBI double in the 13th inning to give the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Yankees on Thursday night.


Jeter To DH In Game 4, A-Rod Will Bat Fifth
Derek Jeter will lead off as the Yankees' DH in Game 4 of the ALDS Thursday night.


Girardi Will Continue To Manage Despite Father's Death
Joe Girardi will continue to manage the Yankees in the ALDS despite the recent death of his father.


Girardi Unsure About Jeter For Game 4
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter suffered a bone bruise on his left foot on Wednesday night.


Ibanez HRs In 9th, 12th Give Yankees Series Lead
The Yankees rallied for a 3-2 win over the Orioles in the 12th inning on Wednesday night.


Machado Becomes Second-Youngest To Homer In Postseason
Andruw Jones hit two playoff homers when he was still 19.

RealGM Staff Report

A-Rod Still Batting Third Against Orioles
In the first two games, which the teams split, Rodriguez has gone 1-for-9 with five strikeouts.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Yankees Could Drop Rodriguez In Order
Alex Rodriguez, who had batted third in both games of the ALDS, has gone 1-for-9 with five strikeouts, including one to end Game 2 on Monday night.

Matt Ehalt/ESPN

Pettitte Laments Mistake Thrown To Chris Davis
Andy Pettitte delivered a quality start for the Yankees on Monday night, but they lost and the veteran lamented a mistake thrown to Baltimore's Chris Davis.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB.com

Orioles Won't Increase Payroll In Light Of Success
The Orioles have seen their payroll decrease from $88 million to $82 million.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports (via Twitter)

Orioles Carry 12 Pitchers Against Yankees
Baltimore's rookie Steve Johnson, Opening Day starter Jake Arrieta and right-hander Zach Britton were not on the roster.

Associated Press

Yankees To Start Pettitte In ALDS Game 2
The Yankees will start veteran Andy Pettitte against the O's on Monday night.


O's Beat Rangers, Will Face Yankees Once Again
The O's beat the Rangers 5-1 on Friday night to move on and face the Yankees in the ALDS.


Saunders Will Face Darvish In Wild Card Game
The Orioles have announced that Joe Saunders will start Friday's Wild Card game against the Rangers.

Richard Durrett/ESPN

Chris Davis Homers In 6th Straight Game
As the Orioles attempt to wrestle the American League East title from the Yankees, Chris Davis remains hot.

Associated Press

Orioles May Not Get Markakis Back For Playoffs
Nick Markakis says he's at least three weeks away from a return.

Eduardo A. Encina/Baltimore Sun

Orioles Would Host One-Game Playoff For AL East
If the Orioles and Yankees are tied at the end of the 162-game regular season, Baltimore will host a one-game tie breaker for the American League East title.

Doug Miller/MLB.com

Orioles' Team Plane Diverted Because Of Smoke In Galley
The plane taking the Orioles from Baltimore to Tampa Bay on Sunday night was diverted to Jacksonville because of smoke in the forward galley.

Associated Press

Orioles Will Make First Playoff Appearance Since 1997
At 92-67, Baltimore already has 23 more wins than they did in 2011.

Associated Press