Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Orioles PR Chief Monica Barlow, who passed away this morning after a tough battle with lung cancer. Birdland’s not the same without you.
Nelson Cruz to sign for 1 year $8 million deal
Orioles agree to terms with Ubaldo Jimenez
The time to stop complaining about a wasted offseason is here as the Orioles have signed who many have considered the best pitcher on the market Ubaldo Jimenez for 4 years $48 million.
This will forfeit the 17th overall pick in this year’s amateur player draft but the Orioles get a man with a no-hitter under his belt as well as an 8.3 K/9 career rate.
30 year old Jimenez wore number 30 last season in a renaissance season with Cleveland, the same number as Orioles’ ace Chris Tillman with whom he looks to form a dynamic 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation.
Orioles have a deal with top Korean pitcher Suk Min Yoon (pending a physical)
27 year old Yoon has been an ace and a successful closer in Korea. He is widely believed to be among the best Korean pitchers of recent years but he has had shoulder trouble in recent seasons.
2 off the board
2013 Oriole Francisco Rodriguez signed a one year deal with Milwaukee.
Targeted rotation candidate Bronson Arroyo who could have been the “veteran starting pitcher” that Duquette has been referencing all offseason signed a two year $23.5 million contract with Arizona.
Additionally, there is a rumor that the Orioles are now out of contention for A.J. Burnett because he wants to pitch in the NL.
The current Orioles payroll stands at around $82 million but Duquette himself said that $100 million was his predicted figure for Opening Day. Outside of signing 10 more left fielders it seems unclear as to how this figure will be reached.
The Orioles are still pursuing:
- Ubaldo Jimenez
- Ervin Santana
- Suk Min Yoon
- Kendrys Morales
All but Yoon require draft pick compensation.
Orioles Fanfest is today at the Baltimore Convention Center! Hope to see you there!
Per ESPN’s Jerry Cransick, the signing of OF Tyler Colvin which was finalized pending a physical almost a week ago is now delayed because of issues from the physical
Acquisition of Tyler Colvin makes it now a total 9 little-known left fielders acquired this offseason all of whom have a good chance to make the Opening Day roster.
But what is Duquette’s real motive here? The “depth” excuse becomes stale after the 6th or 7th guy. Here are some possibilities for utilizing this new load of “talent”
- Start all 9 of them at every position (including DH but not pitcher) for a Spring Training game
- Have an event similar to a mascot race but at the beginning of the game, whoever reaches left field from the dugout first gets to start
- Harvest their ligaments for ready replacements to injured pitchers this season
- Trade all 9 at once for one real MLB talent
One thing is for sure, this Noah’s ark of outfielders the Orioles have going on is not getting any simpler for a long while.
FanFest tickets are (finally) on sale now! FanFest will be held on February 1 this year at the Baltimore Convention Center. Autograph session tickets will go on sale January 18.
Oh yeah LHP reliever Troy Patton got busted with amphetamines this morning and is suspended 25 games to start the season.
The only other bullpen lefty right now is Brian Matusz.
Orioles trade INF Danny Valencia to Royals for OF David Lough
Lough is 27 and 2013 was his first full season. He batted .286 in 315 ABs with only 52 K’s and received votes for AL Rookie of the Year. He’s also under contract through 2016 which is a plus. We have gone after other outfielders but Lough looks like the most serious acquisition so far to address McLouth’s departure.
Grant Balfour accepts 2 year $15 million deal, signs with Orioles
He had been holding out for a third year, but perhaps changed his mind. I like the signing because last time we got a free agent closer on a three year deal it was Kevin Gregg.