Player News - Orioles

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Jonathan Schoop requested $9 million and was offered $7.5 million by the Orioles when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 26-year-old second baseman is in his second season of arbitration eligibility and is coming off of a monster year where he hit .293/.338/.503 with 32 homers and 105 RBI in 160 contests. He was projected by MLBTradeRumors to earn $9.1 million through arbitration.
Jan 13 - 7:26 AM

Kevin Gausman requested $6.225 million and was offered $5.3 million by the Orioles when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Gausman is arbitration eligible for the first time. He went 11-12 with a 4.68 ERA in 34 starts last year and was much better in the second half of the season than the first.
Jan 12 - 7:11 PM

Orioles and INF Tim Beckham avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.35 million contract.

Beckham was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He batted .278/.328/.454 with 22 homers for the Rays and Orioles in 2017 in a breakout season.
Jan 12 - 5:05 PM

Orioles and C Caleb Joseph avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.

Joseph was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. He'll compete for the starting job behind the plate in 2018.
Jan 12 - 5:02 PM

Orioles and INF Manny Machado avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $16 million contract.

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand says the deal also includes awards bonuses. Machado, who was arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter, has seen his name pop up in plenty of trade rumors. He's set to strike it rich as part of the monster free agent class next offseason.
Jan 12 - 4:21 PM

Orioles and RHP Brad Brach avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.165 million contract.

Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com says Brach can earn an additional $100,000 through incentives. He was eligible for arbitration for the third time and will begin 2018 as the Orioles' closer while Zach Britton (Achilles) is out.
Jan 12 - 4:06 PM

Orioles and RP Zach Britton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $12 million contract.

There was some speculation that Britton could be released after he tore his Achilles last month, but the Orioles will pay him a hefty sum for what figures to only be about a half-season of work. The left-hander is slated for free agency next offseason. Brad Brach will close while Britton is out.
Jan 12 - 2:37 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Diamondbacks "remain engaged" with the Orioles on Manny Machado and have been the "most persistent" of the teams interested.

Rosenthal cautions that a trade isn't close and he expresses doubt that the Orioles will wind up dealing their star infielder to anyone. However, it sounds like the D'Backs might be the most likely landing spot if a trade does ultimately go down. Machado would take over as the Diamondbacks' shortstop, likely shifting Ketel Marte to second base and Chris Owings to a super utility role.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 12 - 8:45 AM

Dariel Alvarez (elbow) expects to begin throwing off a flat mound by the end of January.

Alvarez tried to make the conversion from outfielder to pitcher last spring but wound up tearing the UCL in his right elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery in mid-April. The 29-year-old native of Cuba should join the bullpen at one of the Orioles' minor league affiliates around the end of May.
Jan 10 - 10:15 AM

Brad Brach said he has introduced more long-distance running into his offseason workouts in hopes of being more effective late into the 2018 season.

Brach looked dominant in the first half in both 2016 and 2017 but fell off after the All-Star break in each of those campaigns. "This year, I’m hoping to pitch into late October," he said Monday. "I don’t do as much long-distance running and I’ve been implementing that." The 31-year-old right-hander is expected to fill in as the Orioles' closer while Zach Britton recovers from December surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon. Britton might not be ready until mid-to-late July.
Source: MASN
Jan 9 - 7:26 PM

Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports that Tanner Scott will be developed as a starting pitcher in 2018, likely beginning the year in Triple-A Norfolk.

Scott reached Baltimore in 2017 and made two relief appearances for the Orioles in September. As a starter in Double-A, he posted a 2.22 ERA over 69 innings, and struck out 87 hitters in that time frame. The 23-year-old southpaw can get his fastball into the triple-digits, but command has been an issue (46 walks in those 69 innings), and he hasn't shown a consistent third pitch. The bullpen could be a fallback option if he doesn't throw enough strikes and/or develop a changeup, but for now, the O's are hoping he can shape into a starter at the highest level.
Jan 9 - 1:42 PM

Orioles signed OF D'Arby Myers to a minor league contract.

Myers was in O's camp last spring but got released before the start of the regular season. He wound up spending all of 2017 with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League, slashing .337/.369/.446 with four home runs and 31 stolen bases in 96 games. The 29-year-old former fourth-round pick of the Phillies will operate as organizational outfield depth for Baltimore leading into 2018.
Jan 9 - 1:22 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Tim Beckham has changed agents and will now be represented by the Wasserman Media Group.

The move comes as Beckham prepares for a massive raise, with MLBTradeRumors.com projecting him to make $3.1 million in his second year of arbitration. He made $885,000 in 2017 and had a breakout season for the Orioles, hitting .306 with 10 homers and 26 RBI in 50 games after coming over in a midseason trade from Tampa Bay. The former No. 1 overall pick should get something close to everyday at-bats with the O's in 2018, but where he's going to play is still in question. Manny Machado wants to move from third base to shortstop for his walk year.
Jan 9 - 10:35 AM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter told Roch Kubatko of MASN that there has been progress made on what the left side of the infield will look like in 2018.

Kubatko says that it's a "delicate situation" as to who will play third base and who will play shortstop. Manny Machado has reportedly asked to move from third to short, but short is the current position of Tim Beckham, who had a breakout second half after being acquired from Tampa Bay in 2017. There's a chance this delicateness could be avoided altogether if the Orioles trade Machado, but reports indicate that Baltimore hasn't received desirable trade offers. Machado's fantasy value is set no matter what position he's playing. A move to the hot corner or possibly a utility role for Beckham could see his value drop precipitously.
Source: MASN
Jan 9 - 8:36 AM

Chris Tillman has been working out at the Orioles' spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida.

Tillman is a free agent, but he requested permission to use the Orioles' facilities this winter and that request was granted. O's manager Buck Showalter suggested Monday that the team could have interest in re-signing the 29-year-old right-hander, who struggled to a 7.84 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, and 63/51 K/BB ratio in 93 innings last season. "He's capable of better," Showalter told reporters at the Orioles' January minicamp. "We know it. We've seen it first hand."
Jan 8 - 12:51 PM


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