March 2012 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap
Orioles Place Alfredo Simon On Waivers
The Orioles have placed pitcher Alfredo Simon on outright waivers, according to sources. Dan Duquette, Baltimore's executive vice president of baseball operations, said that information about the waiver process is confidential and that Simon currently remains on the 40-man roster. Simon has been both a starter and a reliever for the Orioles, making 16 starts while appearing in 23 games last season.
Brian Roberts To Begin Season On DL
Brian Roberts will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list as he strives to return from a concussion. The Orioles second baseman played in only 39 games last year, none after May 16. He has practiced with the team this spring but has not participated in an exhibition game.
Orioles Shopping Gregg, Reynolds
The Orioles are believed to be shopping Kevin Gregg and Mark Reynolds. Gregg had a 4.37 ERA in 63 relief appearances for Baltimore last season. In his first season with the Orioles, Reynolds hit .221 with 37 home runs and 86 RBI. He posted an OPS of .323 and has struck out 200 times in three of the last four seasons.
Orioles Snatch Up Dontrelle Willis
The Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract with Dontrelle Willis. The left-hander was let go by the Phillies last week.
Wieters Isn't Upset About Contract Renewal
Matt Wieters says he will not hold a grudge against the Orioles for exercising their right to renew his contract on Saturday. "They have the right to offer any contract they want," the catcher said. "That's their right. I'm just ready to play baseball." Major League teams have the right to renew a player who does not have three years of major league service time or "Super 2" arbitration status as long as they don't cut his salary more than 20 percent from the previous year and fall below the major league minimum salary. Wieters will not be eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season. "I've got a lot of years of playing left," he said. "Free agency is a long way away. I'm just worried about getting ready for this year."
Reimold Released From Hospital
Nolan Reimold returned to the clubhouse on Saturday, a day after taking a fastball to the head against the Rays. The Orioles outfielder said his left jaw was a little swollen, but otherwise he had no ill effects from the beaning. He is expected to return to the field within the next few days.
Reimold Hit In Head By Pitch, Taken To Hospital
Nolan Reimold was taken to a hospital after he was hit in the left side of the head by a fastball from Rays pitcher Alex Cobb on Friday. The Baltimore left fielder immediately dropped to the ground and was face-down for several minutes while a hushed crowd watched nervously as Orioles trainers tended him. "It's probably the worst feeling you can have as a pitcher," Cobb said afterward. Reimold eventually walked to a cart, which took him off the field.
Orioles Deny Interest In Damon
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has denied rumors that the team has interest in Johnny Damon. Damon, 38, is still looking for a job after hitting .261 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs in 150 games for Tampa Bay in 2011. "Right now, we are trying to figure out what we have in camp," Duquette said. "Maybe later in camp [there will be some moves]. I think right now, most teams are focused on finding out what they have."
Orioles Haven't Ruled Out Damon
While nothing is close, the Orioles have not ruled out signing Johnny Damon. The veteran had hoped to draw more interest this winter than he has thus far.
Orioles Unlikely To Trade Adam Jones
There is very little chance the Orioles will trade Adam Jones even though his name keeps surfacing in discussions with the Nationals, according to a source. Washington is trying to figure out what to do in center field, as Jayson Werth is currently filling the position.