Player News - Orioles

Date: Team: Pos:

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that it's "highly unlikely" Manny Machado is traded Friday and will "probably not" be dealt over weekend.

Kubatko notes that the interested teams are trying to determine how they would replace the players they'd have to give up for Machado. He also adds that the Diamondbacks "did double back" to speak with the Orioles after having preliminary discussions on Machado earlier this week. It's looking very likely at this point that Machado is traded, but nothing is imminent.
Dec 15 - 11:23 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Diamondbacks have also checked in on Manny Machado.

Arizona has 2017 All-Star Jake Lamb at third base and a handful of decent shortstop options, so an upgrade for the left side of the infield wasn't on their priority list. Still, when a talent like Machado becomes available, it's worth checking in. Olney thinks the White Sox and the Cardinals have the best offers out for Machado right now.
Dec 14 - 4:50 PM

Orioles selected RHP Pedro Araujo from the Cubs in the second round of the Rule 5 draft.

Araujo put up a promising 1.76 ERA, 0.915 WHIP, and 87/18 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings this past season between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Tennessee. The 24-year-old right-hander should have a decent spot at cracking the Opening Day bullpen in Baltimore next spring.
Dec 14 - 12:33 PM

Orioles took Yankees LHP Nestor Cortes with the ninth selection in the Rule 5 draft.

Cortes has been a swingman in the Yankees system, and he had a 2.06 ERA in 13 starts and 17 relief appearances last season, amassing a 105/32 K/BB ratio in 104 2/3 innings between High-A and Triple-A. He'll probably be viewed as a reliever initially by the Orioles, but if he sticks, he'll likely have a chance to start games eventually.
Dec 14 - 10:12 AM

Orioles signed RHP Michael Kelly to a one-year contract.

It's a major league deal, but MASN's Roch Kubatko says Kelly will open the 2018 season at Triple-A Norfolk. Kelly, 25, had a 4.19 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 128/56 K/BB ratio in 126 2/3 innings (22 starts, six relief appearances) this past year between the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Padres.
Dec 14 - 10:03 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Orioles "are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can move him by the end of the week."

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote late Wednesday night that the White Sox have emerged "as the most aggressive suitor" for Machado and Nightengale confirms that the Pale Hose have presented the strongest offer so far to Baltimore, however the Cardinals, Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees are also in the mix on this. Machado is an elite-level talent and he is only 25 years old, but the star third baseman can become a free agent after the 2018 season and the Orioles clearly don't think they can afford to lock him up to a long-term deal. A trade of Machado might kick off a larger rolling rebuild effort for the O's front office. Brad Brach, Zach Britton, and Adam Jones are all entering walk years.
Dec 14 - 4:01 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the White Sox "emerged Wednesday as the most aggressive suitor" for Manny Machado.

Chicago isn't quite ready to contend and Machado can become a free agent after the 2018 season, but Rosenthal hears that the White Sox would quickly attempt to sign Machado to a long-term deal if they were able to land him. There's also the possibility, per Rosenthal, that the White Sox could flip the star third baseman to another club -- maybe the Yankees? -- to further stack their loaded farm system. Baltimore probably wouldn't do a direct trade with New York. Machado is also known to be drawing serious interest from the Giants, Red Sox, and Cardinals.
Source: The Athletic
Dec 14 - 12:57 AM

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that several teams have made trade offers for Manny Machado.

The Orioles don't appear to be close to contention and seem unable or unwilling to resign Machado, so it comes as no surprise that he's a hot commodity on the market. Recent reports have indicated that he wants a return to shortstop if he's to stay in Baltimore, and several teams could offer him the chance to play the position as well. There's a real chance the 25-year-old star is playing in a different uniform than Baltimore's in 2018.
Dec 13 - 7:29 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Yankees are among the teams that have shown interest in Orioles star Manny Machado.

The rich get even richer? New York just acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins, but that trade required more of a financial commitment than a haul of young talent and the Yankees still have a loaded farm system to pull off this kind of deal. Olney says the White Sox are also interested in Machado, and the Cardinals are known to be in the hunt as well. Machado has averaged 35 home runs and 92 RBI per year since 2015 and he's a tremendous defender at both shortstop and third base, but he can become a free agent after the 2018 season.
Dec 12 - 6:22 PM

Orioles infield prospect Steve Wilkerson has been suspended 50 games for use of amphetamines.

Wilkerson was named to the Arizona Fall League’s Top Prospects Team last month after batting .317/.396/.512 in 97 plate appearances for the Salt River Rafters and he had a good shot of making the Orioles' Opening Day roster next spring as a utilityman. Now he won't be an option for Baltimore until late May.
Dec 12 - 6:13 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Adam Jones will stay in center field next season.

Showalter noted that the O's are looking for a left-handed hitter who could back up Jones in center. Jones tallied 26 home runs and 73 RBI in 147 games this past season for Baltimore, but he hasn't posted an OPS above .800 since 2013 and his defensive ratings have been troublesome for the last two years. He turns 33 years old next summer.
Dec 12 - 4:09 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles want "two young, controllable starting pitchers" back in a trade for Manny Machado.

The Orioles don't expect to re-sign Machado, so they appear willing to seriously consider offers from interested teams. No word on which team might have the advantage in trade talks, but the Cardinals have been mentioned as a possibility. One interesting side note from Rosenthal is that Machado wants to move to shortstop for his final year before free agency.
Source: The Athletic
Dec 12 - 12:35 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, one person familiar with the Cardinals' situation suggested that they would be one of the teams to inquire about the availability of the Orioles' Manny Machado.

This doesn't mean that the Cardinals have actually reached out, but after missing out on Giancarlo Stanton, they are still hoping to make some impact moves this offseason. Though it's unclear whether the Orioles would actually move Machado, he would be a fantastic Plan B for St. Louis. The Cardinals are one of the few teams who could have the prospects needed to pull off such a deal. Machado, of course, is one year removed from free agency. He's just one of many possibilities for the Cardinals, who have also been linked to Evan Longoria and Alex Colome with the Rays and Marcell Ozuna with the Marlins via trade and Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez via free agency.
Dec 11 - 10:12 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Orioles have been fielding inquiries from multiple teams regarding the availability of third baseman Manny Machado.

Heyman doesn't know which teams have come calling but speculates the Yankees and Phillies are likely among them. Machado's contract expires following the coming campaign and he could receive offers north of $300 million as a free agent -- which would likely price him out of Baltimore's range. The Orioles will surely try to lock him up long term, but it would be wise to gauge interest in their superstar and weigh those offers against the possibility of seeing him walk away for nothing after the season.
Dec 8 - 8:57 PM

Rafael Palmeiro told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that he is thinking about trying to return to the majors at age 53.

Yes, as a player. "There's no doubt in my mind I can do it," Palmeiro said. "I've taken care of myself really well. I've been working out for years." The former four-time All-Star hasn't appeared in an MLB-affiliated game since he got suspended in August 2005 for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, though he did have an odd one-night run with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters in 2015. We debated even writing this blurb. This is a pipe dream.
Source: The Athletic
Dec 6 - 10:09 AM


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