December 2014 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap

Orioles Looking At Rasmus, Swisher

Dec 30, 2014 9:20 AM

The Baltimore Orioles need help in the outfield and have been linked to Colby Rasmus and Nick Swisher.

Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis both departed via free agency.

Rasmus is a free agent and could replace Markakis.

The Cleveland Indians are reportedly shopping Swisher following the acquistion of Brandon Moss from the Oakland Athletics.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Orioles, Young Agree To One-Year Deal

Dec 26, 2014 4:14 PM

Delmon Young has agreed to return to the Baltimore Orioles on a one-year deal, according to reports.

The 10-year veteran will be paid a base salary of $2.25 million and could earn another $750,000 in incentives.

Young hit .302 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 83 games with the Orioles last season.

ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Sources: Orioles Discussing Outfielder With Padres

Dec 24, 2014 9:47 AM

The Baltimore Orioles are still interested in potentially acquiring Seth Smith or Will Venable from the San Diego Padres, according to sources.

Baltimore will continue to survey all options as San Diego's asking price for the pair of outfielders remains high.

The Padres have a surplus of outfielders after adding Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton.

Eduardo A. Encina/Baltimore Sun

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Hundley Appears Unlikely To Rejoin O's

Dec 21, 2014 1:41 PM

Free-agent catcher Nick Hundley has a two-year offer from an unidentified team, making him unlikely to return to the Orioles, masnsports.com reports.

The Orioles declined a $5M option on Hundley for the 2015 season but had interest in bringing him back into the fold at a lesser salary. He hit .243/.273/.358 with six home runs and 22 RBI in 218 at-bats between Baltimore and San Diego in 2014.

Yahoo.com

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Chris Davis Gets Exemption For Adderall

Dec 16, 2014 9:09 PM

Chris Davis has received approval for a therapeutic-use exemption for Adderall during the 2015 season.

Davis received a 25-game suspension on Sept. 25 for failing a second test for the drug.

He reportedly previously had an exemption, but not in 2014.

David Wilson/MLB

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

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Markakis To Receive $2M Signing Bonus

Dec 15, 2014 8:17 AM

The Atlanta Braves will pay Nick Markakis a $2 million signing bonus by Jan. 1 as part of his four-year, $44 million contract.

Markakis will receive annual salaries of $10.5 million under the deal.

The right-fielder spent his first nine big league seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.

Associated Press

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Orioles Had Deal For Starter Fall Through

Dec 11, 2014 8:38 AM

The Baltimore Orioles were on the verge of a trade for a starter on Wednesday, but the deal fell through.

Dan Duquette reminded the media that the Orioles aren't likely to make any big splashes.

"Keep in mind who the Orioles are," Duquette said. "We've got an established pitching staff. We've got a strong everyday lineup. We've got to fill a few holes. We're going to look at some options in the major league free-agent market and sign a couple players.

"We'll probably be active in the Rule 5 draft like we have been the last couple years. And we continue to build our team piece-by-piece. How we build our team is, we build it looking at all the options in the market, and we do it year-round."

Eduardo A. Encina/Baltimore Sun

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

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Sources: Andrew Miller, Yankees Reach $36M Deal

Dec 5, 2014 4:26 PM

The New York Yankees and Andrew Miller have agreed to terms on a four-year, $36 million deal.

The 29-year-old pitched for the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles last season.

The Yankees are reportedly prepared to move on from closer David Robertson, unless his price drops.

ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Braves Agree To Four-Year Deal With Markakis

Dec 3, 2014 7:17 PM

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a four-year contract with Nick Markakis, according to a source.

According to sources, the deal could end up being worth $45 million.

The Baltimore Orioles declined their half of the $17.5 million mutual option for the 2015 season on the outfielder's contract, instead paying him a $2 million buyout to make him a free agent.

ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Orioles, Mariners, Padres In Play For Matt Kemp

Dec 3, 2014 4:04 PM

The Baltimore Orioles are one of at least three teams -- along with the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres -- showing interest in acquiring Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

One person close to the situation said the Orioles have gotten "nowhere" in talks for the outfielder.

Baltimore has an obvious need with Nelson Cruz gone and Nick Markakis likely to leave via free agency as well.

Kemp is owed more than $100 million over five more seasons.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Orioles Showing 'Strong Interest' In Morse
Baltimore lost Nelson Cruz to the Mariners and watched Torii Hunter agree to terms with the Twins.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Sources: Less Than 50-50 Chance Orioles Re-Sign Markakis
It seemed like a virtually certainty a month ago that the outfielder would return to Baltimore.

Dan Connolly/Baltimore Sun

Report: O's Discuss Trade For Kemp With Dodgers
Matt Kemp has been the subject of numerous trade rumors.

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