December 2013 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap

Mets Discussing Davis With Brewers, Orioles, Pirates

Dec 27, 2013 5:18 PM

The New York Mets have remained in contact with the Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates about Ike Davis.

The Mets haven't been able to pry top pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez away from the Orioles in trade talks.

Rodriguez, 20, posted a combined 3.41 ERA with 7.8 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 145 innings between Class-A Advanced and Double-A in 2013.

Mike Puma/New York Post

Tags: New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Orioles Prefer Veteran Starter To Expensive, Long-Term Option

Dec 27, 2013 9:25 AM

The Baltimore Orioles are looking for a starting pitcher, but they aren't going to bid high on someone like Masahiro Tanaka.

The Orioles also view Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana as too expensive.

They are more likely to target a veteran with a stable track record like A.J. Burnett or Bronson Arroyo.

Eduardo A. Encina/Baltimore Sun

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Former Oriole Paul Blair Dies At 69

Dec 27, 2013 9:05 AM

Paul Blair, an eight-time Gold Glove winner that helped the Baltimore Orioles win two World Series, has died at 69.

Blair died Thursday night at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.

His wife, Gloria, told The Baltimore Sun that Blair played a round of golf with friends Thursday morning and later lost consciousness at a celebrity bowling tournament.

"Paul was honestly too tired, but he never says no," Gloria Blair said. "During a practice round, he threw two or three balls, then sat down and told a friend, 'I feel funny' and kind of collapsed. He lost consciousness and they called 911 and the ambulance took him to (Sinai), but the doctors there told me they never got a pulse."

Associated Press

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Tommy Hunter Open To Closing For Orioles

Dec 26, 2013 10:44 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have a vacancy at closer and Tommy Hunter appears to be the leading in-house candidate for the job.

The Orioles are making a push for free-agent Fernando Rodney, but he may prove to be too expensive.

Hunter collected four saves in 2013, the only ones of his career. He met with Buck Showalter late last season to express his desire to remain a stater, but closing excites him.

"Hell yeah, I'd be OK with it," he replied. "Why wouldn't I?"

Roch Kubatko/MASN

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Agents May Deal With Orioles Differently Following Balfour Deal

Dec 23, 2013 10:24 AM

One agent plans to begin dealing with the Baltimore Orioles differently in the wake of the broken down deal with Grant Balfour.

His solution is not to discuss money with the club until they have examined the player's medical records.

Balfour agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal Baltimore before the club backed out after his physical.

Peter Gammons

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Orioles Will Not Sign Grant Balfour

Dec 20, 2013 4:18 PM

The Baltimore Orioles will not sign Grant Balfour.

"We would never say never or close the door, but we're going to turn our attention elsewhere," Dan Duquette said.

The Orioles agreed to terms with Balfour on a two-year, $15 million contract earlier this week, but problems with the physical placed the contract in jeopardy.

Roch Kubatko/MASN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Troy Patton Suspended 25 Games

Dec 20, 2013 4:14 PM

Troy Patton has been suspended for the first 25 games of next season after a positive test for a banned amphetamine.

The Baltimore Orioles reliever became the 15th player suspended this year under the Major League drug program following 14 penalized as a result on MLB's Biogenesis investigation.

Associated Press

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Suspension

Balfour's Deal With Orioles In Jeopardy

Dec 20, 2013 9:36 AM

Grant Balfour's deal with the Baltimore Orioles is in jeopardy of falling through due to a concern over his physical.

The deal could be revived with a lesser contract, according to a source.

The Orioles had a news conference scheduled for Friday to introduce Balfour that has been postponed.

Balfour originally agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with Baltimore.

Tim Kurkjian/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Orioles, Balfour Agree To $14M Contract

Dec 18, 2013 10:13 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have reached an agreement with Grant Balfour on a two-year, $14 million contract, according to a source.

According to multiple reports, an additional $500,000 will be deferred each year.

The 35-year-old went 1-3 with a 2.59 ERA and 38 saves last season with the Oakland Athletics.

Tim Kurkjian/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Sources: Balfour Nearing Deal With Orioles

Dec 17, 2013 1:42 PM

The Baltimore Orioles are nearing a two-year contract agreement with Grant Balfour, according to sources.

It had been reported that the market for Balfour heated up on Tuesday.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Orioles Might Add Vesting Option To Balfour Offer
The Orioles have offered Grant Balfour a two-year contract, but they are considering the addition of a vesting option in hopes of signing the reliever.

Roch Kubatko/MASN

Dodgers, Puig Clean Up At Social Media Awards
Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig won the Socially Savvy Rookie and the Stop-And-Watch awards.

Three Teams Make Offers To Grant Balfour
Grant Balfour has received a two-year contract offer from three teams, including the Orioles.

Zach Links/MLB Trade Rumors

Orioles Bid On Nelson Cruz, Grant Balfour
Nelson Cruz is believed to have been offered a four-year deal worth approximately $60 million.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Marlins Telling Teams They Will Trade Morrison
Miami finalized a deal with Garrett Jones, putting the wheels in motion for a Logan Morrison trade.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Orioles Aren't Trying To Make Big Splash
The Orioles have made offers to free agents, but they are not trying to land a superstar.

Roch Kubatko/MASN

A's Trade For Jim Johnson To Replace Balfour
Jim Johnson had a 2.94 ERA while converting 50 of 59 save opportunities.