Player News - Orioles

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T.J. McFarland and Vance Worley could be on the roster bubble if the Orioles sign Yovani Gallardo.

Worley was considered the favorite for the No. 5 spot in Baltimore's starting rotation but that's not happening if the O's sign Gallardo. The Orioles probably don't need two long relievers, which means one of McFarland or Worley will be on the outside looking in. Nothing is official with Gallardo yet but Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reported the two sides are "optimistic."
Source: MASN Sports
Feb 11 - 3:14 PM

Orioles signed RHP Dale Thayer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Thayer was a useful reliever with the Padres from 2012-2014, but he struggled to the tune of a 4.06 ERA and 25/15 K/BB ratio over 37 2/3 innings last season. The 35-year-old will attempt to earn a spot in Baltimore's bullpen in the spring.
Feb 10 - 2:43 PM

Orioles and LHP Zach Britton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.75 million contract.

It's the exact midpoint between the figures that each side filed at. With Britton now under contract, the Orioles have settled with all of their arbitration-eligible players. The 28-year-old has developed into one of the top closers in the league, coming off a phenomenal 2015 campaign where he posted a 1.92 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 79/14 K/BB ratio across 65 2/3 innings.
Feb 5 - 6:53 PM

Zach Britton and the Orioles have an arbitration hearing set for February 17.

Now that the Orioles and Brian Matusz have come to an agreement, Britton is the team's last remaining arbitration case. The closer requested $7.9 million and was offered $5.6 million by Baltimore when figures were exchanged last month. There's still a chance they could settle before a hearing.
Feb 4 - 5:41 PM

Orioles and LHP Brian Matusz avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.9 million contract.

Matusz requested $4.4 million and was offered $3.5 million by the Orioles when figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settle for a little under the midpoint. The soon-to-be 29-year-old posted a 2.94 ERA and 56/20 K/BB ratio over 49 relief innings last season and is going into his final year of team control.
Feb 4 - 5:35 PM

Orioles sent OF L.J. Hoes outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

Hoes was designated for assignment by the O's late last month to clear a 40-man roster spot for Efren Navarro. Hoes, 25, will likely open the 2016 season at Triple-A Norfolk. He is a .237/.289/.328 career hitter in 337 plate appearances at the major league level.
Feb 4 - 2:07 PM

Orioles acquired RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from the Padres for RHP Jean Cosme.

Despaigne posted an ugly 5.80 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 69/32 K/BB ratio in 125 2/3 innings last season for the Padres, but he carries three minor league options and gives the O's some much-needed organizational pitching depth. The 28-year-old right-hander will probably open the 2016 season at Triple-A Norfolk, unless he can secure a long-relief role with a strong showing this spring. He does have experience as a starter too.
Feb 4 - 1:18 PM

Orioles signed LHP Hideki Okajima to a minor league contract.

The deal does not come with an invitation to spring training as Okajima will report directly to minor league camp. The 40-year-old last pitched in the majors in 2013. He went to an All-Star Game with the Red Sox as a rookie in 2007.
Feb 3 - 7:48 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun writes that "the likelihood is growing" that the Orioles will look internally to fill the fifth spot in the starting rotation.

The Orioles are keeping their options open in the free agent and trade markets, but they remain reluctant to give up their first-round pick to sign Yovani Gallardo. Barring a late addition, Baltimore is looking at a group which includes the likes of Vance Worley, Tyler Wilson, Mike Wright, and possibly even Brian Matusz. Worley has the most starting experience of the bunch and might be the early front-runner.
Feb 3 - 1:03 PM

Orioles signed LHP Chris Dwyer to a minor league contract.

Dwyer, a former highly-regarded prospect, posted a 4.01 ERA and 63/55 K/BB ratio over 92 innings with the Royals' Triple-A affiliate last season. He turns 28 in April and will serve as organizational depth.
Feb 2 - 3:26 PM

Orioles sent 1B/OF Joey Terdoslavich outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

He was DFA'd last week to make room for Chris Davis on the 40-man roster. Terdoslavich played 28 games for the Braves last year, hitting .214 with one homer and four RBI.
Jan 28 - 3:36 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter expects Jason Garcia to compete for a major league roster spot this spring.

"I think he's competing for a job in the big leagues because he's taking in everything that he was exposed to last year," said Showalter, "He's another guy who might jump a little faster than you think he is." Garcia's first taste of the big leagues didn't go as well as hoped (4.25 ERA in 21 appearances last year) but Showalter is confident he'll rebound in 2016. Garcia will compete with Dylan Bundy for the final spot in Baltimore's bullpen this spring.
Source: MASN Sports
Jan 28 - 10:57 AM

Orioles designated OF L.J. Hoes for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Efren Navarro. Hoes was acquired from the Astros back in November after being designated for assignment by them.
Jan 26 - 4:38 PM

Orioles acquired OF Efren Navarro from the Angels in exchange for cash considerations.

Navarro had been designated for assignment. He lands in a good spot, as the O's currently have an opening in right field. The 29-year-old is a .248/.306/.328 career hitter at the major league level.
Jan 26 - 4:36 PM

Orioles signed RHP Timothy Sexton to a minor league contract.

Sexton spent the 2015 season with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League, posting a 3.54 ERA and 42/9 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings. He'll be ticketed for the Orioles' Triple-A club in Norfolk.
Jan 25 - 9:30 AM


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