February 2012 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap
Tsuyoshi Wada Misses Bullpen Session
Orioles pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada has been held out of his scheduled bullpen session because of discomfort in his left elbow. Wada was sent for an X-ray and manager Buck Showalter said there was nothing unusual about the results. The pitcher signed a two-year, $8.14 million contract last December.
Official: No Truth To Rumors Of Angelos Selling Orioles
An Orioles official said there is "absolutely no truth" to recent rumors that owner Peter Angelos is shopping the club. Eric Bickel, a radio host on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, said earlier this week that he had heard Angelos was quietly discussing a sale of the Orioles. Rumors that Angelos is considering a sale have become annual with fans desperate to see the Orioles end their streak of 14-straight losing seasons.
Orioles, Adam Jones Reach $6.15M Deal
The Orioles have avoided arbitration with Adam Jones by agreeing to a one-year, $6.15 million contract. Jones made $3.25 million last season, when he hit .280 and set career highs in games (151), doubles (26), homers (25) and RBIs (83). The center fielder was seeking $7.4 million and Baltimore was offering $5 million.
Orioles Call Off Pursuit Of Manny Ramirez
The Orioles are no longer interested in signing Manny Ramirez. "I don't know that Manny Ramirez is a fit for our club right now," said president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. Ramirez, 39, retired last season rather than serve a suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy. He was suspended for 100 games, but the ban was trimmed to 50 games because he sat out nearly all of the 2011 season. He will serve the suspension beginning with the first game he is eligible to play after joining a new team. A week ago, Duquette said he had conducted exploratory talks with Ramirez's agent.
Orioles Apologize To South Korean Organizations
The Orioles have apologized to two South Korean baseball organizations upset with the club over its contract with a local high school pitcher. The Korea Baseball Association says that the Orioles violated local rules that bar the signing of student players until their graduation year. Officials said the Orioles signed 17-year-old left-hander Kim Seong-min last month. Dan Duquette, Baltimore's executive vice president of baseball operations, apologized to the Korea Baseball Organization and the Korea Baseball Association for an "unintentional breach of protocol in failing to tender a status check in the process of signing" Kim. "The Orioles respect Major League Baseball's recruiting policies and the governing bodies and people that contribute to the growth of baseball around the world," Duquette said in a release.
Manny Ramirez Not In Baltimore's Plans
The Orioles aren't currently planning to sign Manny Ramirez to bolster their offense. Baltimore considered Ramirez, but as an organization they were never close to seriously pursuing him. A source said the discussion never got to the point where a proposal was taken to owner Peter Angelos for approval or even serious debate.
Orioles Beat Bergesen In Salary Arbitration
The Orioles have defeated Brad Bergesen in salary arbitration, giving clubs a 3-2 lead over players this year. Bergesen will receive an $800,000 salary this year rather than his request for $1.2 million. He was 2-7 with a 5.70 ERA in 12 starts and 22 relief appearances last season, when he made $434,000.
O's Scouts Banned For Signing Korean Teen
South Korea's amateur baseball governing body has banned Orioles scouts from attending its games for prematurely signing a local high school pitcher, according to an ESPN.com report on Thursday.
Rays Have AL East's Top Prospect In Moore
The Rays have the top prospect in the American League East in pitcher Matt Moore, according to a survey of executives taken by MLB.com. The division's top pitchers are rounded out by Baltimore's Dylan Bundy, New York's Manny Banuelos, Tampa Bay's Chris Archer and Toronto's Noah Syndergaard. "I love Matt Moore," one general manager said, speaking for any talent evaluator in baseball. "He's really good."
Orioles Have Had 'Exploratory Talks' With Manny Ramirez
The Orioles have had "exploratory talks" with the agent for Manny Ramirez, according to executive Dan Duquette. Baltimore's interest in the slugger has long been rumored. "We are still considering the composition of this club, and some of the challenges of integrating a player like Manny into our ballclub and market," Duquette said. Duquette signed Ramirez to an eight-year, $160 million contract in December 2000 as the general manager of the Red Sox.
Damon Still Drawing Interest From Four Teams
The Yankees, Orioles, Mariners and Athletics are believed to be courting the outfielder/designated hitter.
O's Send Guthrie To Rockies
The Orioles have traded Jeremy Guthrie to the Rockies for Matt Lindstrom and Jason Hammel.
Orioles Open To Signing Manny Ramirez
The Orioles have some interest in Manny Ramirez as they look to add a veteran bat before Spring Training begins.
Source: Manny To Decide Between A's, O's, Jays
Manny Ramirez is deciding whether he'll sign with the A's, Orioles, or Blue Jays.
Orioles Give Fossum Minor League Deal
Casey Fossum hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since 2009 when he was with the Mets.
Red Sox Offer Edwin Jackson One-Year Deal
Edwin Jackson is believed to have a few multiyear offers on the table, with one possibly coming from the Orioles.
Orioles, Jones Haven't Discussed Contract Extension
The Orioles have expressed interest in extending the contract of Adam Jones.