November 2012 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap

Orioles Unlikely To Tender Reynolds, Making Him Free Agent

Nov 30, 2012 11:22 AM

The Orioles appear unlikely to tender Mark Reynolds a contract by Friday night's deadline, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Reynolds was the club's starting first baseman in 2012 and excelled defensively once he made the switch from third base.

The expectation is that Reynolds would make $9 million in arbitration. Even if the Orioles non-tender him, Baltimore will likely attempt to re-sign him at a reduced rate. However, if he hits the open market there will undoubtedly be suitors that will cloud his future with the Orioles.

Dan Connolly/Baltimore Sun

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Orioles, Reynolds Haven't Discussed 2013 Contract

Nov 28, 2012 8:46 AM

The Orioles and Mark Reynolds have had no negotiations regarding a contract for the 2013 season, according to a source.

Reynolds had his $11 million option declined earlier this offseason and while it was widely thought Baltimore would try to bring him back on a two-year agreement, the possibility of a multi-year deal hasn't been explored.

The Orioles aren't expected to offer him arbitration and with Friday's non-tender deadline looming, Reynolds could end up becoming a free agent.

"We could explore a deal between now and the tender date," Dan Duquette said. "We've had some conversations with him and his agent. Some continuous discussions."

Brittany Ghiroli/

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Duquette: Don't Count O's Out On Hamilton, Greinke

Nov 26, 2012 8:19 AM

When asked if the Orioles would court top-level free agents Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke, Dan Duquette didn't close the door on either.

"I would never say never," Duquette told Jim Bowden of ESPN Radio.

Jim Bowden/ESPN (via Twitter)

Tags: Baltimore Orioles

Source: Large Market Teams Inquiring About Stanton

Nov 25, 2012 4:20 PM

The Marlins are reportedly hesitant to deal Giancarlo Stanton after this month's huge trade with the Blue Jays.

However, that hasn't kept a number of teams from inquiring about his availability.

The Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles, Cubs, and many more are calling, according to a major league source.



Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Hale Likely To Become Toronto's Bench Coach

Nov 24, 2012 10:06 AM

The Blue Jays are likely to hire DeMarlo Hale as their bench coach, according to a source.

Hale interviewed for the job earlier this week.

He served as Baltimore's third-base coach last season, was offered a contract to return to Buck Showalter's staff and is the only unsigned member as he considers other offers.

Brittany Ghiroli/

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

Mariners Acquire Andino From Orioles

Nov 20, 2012 4:55 PM

The Mariners have acquired Robert Andino from the Orioles in exchange for Trayvon Robinson.

Andino can play second base, third base and shortstop.

Jack Zduriencik said the ability to add a versatile infielder with proven experience was appealing.

Associated Press

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Official Trade

Executive: Hamilton Will Break Bank, Hearts

Nov 13, 2012 7:59 AM

Josh Hamilton has widespread appeal as a free agent despite a history of missing time due to a myriad of issues.

"He's going to break somebody's bank -- and probably break somebody's heart," said a National League executive.

Jayson Stark/ESPN (via Twitter)

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Orioles Linked To Jonny Gomes

Nov 13, 2012 7:55 AM

The Orioles are interested in Jonny Gomes, according to a source.

Over the last three seasons, Gomes has a .904 OPS against left-handers.



Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports (via Twitter)

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Tommy Hunter Wants Orioles To Sign Hamilton

Nov 12, 2012 5:01 PM

Tommy Hunter, who played with Josh Hamilton for four seasons, wants to see the slugger in Baltimore.

It has been reported that Baltimore is one of the teams interested in Hamilton.

"Josh is an awesome person and he just wants to play baseball and spend his free time with his family. He wants to win like any competitor does and I hope he comes to Baltimore!" Hunter said.

In May 2012, Hamilton hit four home runs in a game at Oriole Park.

Rich Dubroff/CSN Baltimore

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Orioles Unlikely To Make Run At Kinsler

Nov 11, 2012 6:25 PM

There have been questions as to whether the Orioles will pursue a trade for Ian Kinsler.

Dan Duquette has said that he likes the team's options at second base after the waiver claim of Alexi Casilla from the Twins. The position is already crowded with Ryan Flaherty, Brian Roberts and Robert Andino.

Kinsler's name has emerged as one that the Rangers could move, especially in order to open up playing time for phenom middle infielder Jurickson Profar.

Eduardo A. Encina/Baltimore Sun

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

If Orioles Sign Hamilton, They'll Move Markakis To First Base
The Orioles have been linked to Josh Hamilton, who could command a deal worth more than $150 million over seven years.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Mariners, Orioles, Phillies, Giants, Braves, Nationals In On Swisher
Nick Swisher will likely find himself a three- or four-year deal on the free agent market worth between $11 million and $13 million.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Orioles, Brewers, Mariners Pursuing Hamilton?
It has been reported that the Rangers are only willing to give Hamilton a three-year deal, opening the door for him to sign elsewhere.

Kevin Kaduk/Yahoo! Sports

Execs Widely Differ On Estimate For Josh Hamilton's Contract
Estimates for the value of Josh Hamilton's next deal ranged from a low of three years, $60 million to a high of five years, $130 million.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Swisher Will Have Eastern Suitors, But May Prefer West
The Phillies, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Marlins and Orioles could go after Nick Swisher.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Hamilton Drawing Interest From Seven Teams
The Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles, Mariners, Cubs, Astros and Brewers are all believed to have interest in Josh Hamilton.

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