Player News - Orioles

Date: Team: Pos:

Orioles signed RHP Mario Alcantara to a minor league contract.

The 24-year-old Alcantara was handed a 50-game suspension in December for testing positive for an amphetamine, so he'll get a late start on 2017. He had a 3.16 ERA and 68/48 K/BB ratio in 79 2/3 innings with the High-A affiliate of the Red Sox in 2016.
Jan 17 - 4:01 PM

According to Peter Gammons, the Orioles' original offer to free agent Mark Trumbo was only for three years and $40 million.

The offer was previously believed to a four-year deal in the $52-55 million range but was actually much lower. Trumbo was hoping for something more after leading the majors with 47 round-trippers last season but his market has been slow to develop. John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reported that the A's, who had previously shown interest in Trumbo, are unlikely to make a run at him. That leaves the Orioles, Rangers and Rockies as his primary suitors. In the end, we wouldn't be surprised if an increasingly desperate Trumbo circles back to the Orioles' original offer.
Jan 14 - 6:00 PM

Kevin Gausman requested $3.55 million and was offered $3.15 million by the Orioles when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

With the two sides being so close, a deal in the $3.3 million range seems likely. He was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $3.9 million. The 26-year-old's fantasy value is on the rise after finishing the 2016 campaign with a 2.39 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 45/11 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings in his final eight starts.
Jan 13 - 8:53 PM

Brad Brach requested $3.05 million and was offered $2.525 million by the Orioles when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 30-year-old hurler has quietly developed into one of the most reliable setup men in the league, registering a 2.61 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 9.6 K/9 over 220 2/3 innings over the last three seasons. He earned just $1.25 million in 2016 and is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $2.9 million this time around.
Jan 13 - 8:00 PM

Caleb Joseph requested $1 million and was offered $700,000 million by the Orioles when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

MLBTradeRumors.com projects Joseph to earn $1 million through arbitration, so perhaps he's better off taking it to a hearing rather than settling at the midpoint of $850,000. Joseph is set to open the season as the Orioles' primary backup behind catcher Welington Castillo.
Jan 13 - 7:45 PM

Orioles and 2B Jonathan Schoop avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.475 million contract.

The second baseman was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. Schoop put up a .267/.298/.454 batting line with a career-high 25 home runs for the Orioles last season.
Jan 13 - 4:59 PM

Orioles and RHP Chris Tillman avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.05 million contract.

It was the right-hander's final year of arbitration eligibility, as he'll be going into his walk year in 2017. Tillman has made at least 30 starts each of the last four seasons for the Orioles, posting a 3.91 ERA over that time.
Jan 13 - 3:14 PM

Orioles and 3B Manny Machado avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $11.5 million contract.

Machado made $5 million last season, so he's receiving a much-deserved bump in salary. The 24-year-old has batted .290/.351/.518 for the Orioles the last two seasons while belting 72 home runs and providing Gold Glove-caliber defense. He'll be eligible for arbitration for a final time next winter.
Jan 13 - 1:18 PM

Orioles and LHP Zach Britton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $11.4 million contract.

Britton deserved a big raise and got one after holding a 0.54 ERA and going a perfect 47-for-47 in save opportunities last season for Baltimore. He'll be among the elite closers in the game again in 2017 and will be arbitration-eligible for a final time next winter.
Jan 13 - 12:12 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun writes that "all signs point" to Chris Tillman testing out free agency next offseason.

The Orioles began preliminary contract extension talks with Tillman last month, but evidently they didn't get far. Encina notes that Tillman, who turns 29 in April, will likely want at least a four-year deal and the O's have only given one four-year contract to a pitcher in their history (and that was to Ubaldo Jimenez, which hasn't really worked out). Tillman is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to make $10.6 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility.
Jan 13 - 9:57 AM

Orioles and LHP T.J. McFarland avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $685,000 contract.

This was his first chance at arbitration-eligibility. McFarland appeared in 16 games with the Orioles last season and yielded a disappointing 6.93 ERA and 7/10 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. He's likely to bounce back and forth from the majors to the minors again in 2017.
Jan 12 - 8:58 PM

Orioles and INF/OF Ryan Flaherty avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.8 million contract.

It was only a small raise from the $1.5 million he was paid last year, but it's still a nice payday for a utility player. The 30-year-old played a variety of positions last season, but he batted just .217 with three home runs and a .610 OPS in 74 games. He's unlikely to make a fantasy impact this year.
Jan 12 - 7:57 PM

Mark Trumbo recently told the Orioles he would be willing to accept a three-year deal in the $40-50 million range, per FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Trumbo reportedly rejected a four-year, $52-55 million offer from the Orioles back in November, hoping that he would find much more lucrative proposals as the offseason rolled along. But that kind of market simply has not developed for 31-year-old slugger. There is known to be some level of interest from the Rockies, Rangers, and Athletics, and the Cardinals and Mariners were loosely linked to Trumbo earlier this winter. He led the major leagues in homers last year with 47, but Trumbo carries very limited defensive capabilities and he is tied to draft pick compensation.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 12 - 12:56 PM

The Angels have had internal talks about free agent catcher Matt Wieters, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

That ultimately doesn't tell us much. Their level of interest is unclear and it's unknown whether they've actually talked to Wieters' agent. Either way, it's easy to see him as an upgrade over their current situation, which includes Carlos Perez and Martin Maldonado behind the plate. The market for Wieters has been quiet this winter after he batted .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI in 124 games last season.
Jan 11 - 9:49 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers have checked in on free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.

It was reported about a week ago that the Rangers were close to a deal with Mike Napoli, but Heyman writes that the two sides are "at a seeming impasse on talks." It makes sense that the Rangers would look at Trumbo as an alternative, though the level of interest is unclear. It's worth noting that Trumbo would cost a draft pick while Napoli wouldn't. The Orioles haven't been ruled out for a reunion with Trumbo, but Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports wrote Tuesday that it's becoming "less likely" they'll end up signing him.
Jan 11 - 9:24 AM


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