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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Rays are likely to sign Alexi Casilla to a minor league deal.

Casilla batted .278/.328/.340 with 20 steals in the Orioles' minor league system last year. Topkin believes Casilla could compete for a bench job with the Rays.
Jan 31 - 5:55 PM

Orioles signed LHP Mark Hendrickson to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training for the 40-year-old southpaw. He hasn't appeared in the big leagues since the 2011 season and pitched for the York Revolution in the Independent Atlantic League last season. He'll compete for a spot in the O's bullpen.
Jan 31 - 1:54 PM

Bud Norris indicated Saturday that he and the Orioles have yet to discuss a long-term contract extension.

"I haven’t heard anything of that. I love it here...I don’t see a reason why I’d want to leave, but that’s out of my control" he stated when asked about his desire to remain with the O's after this season. The 29-year-old is coming off his finest season yet, where he compiled a 3.65 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 139/52 K/BB ratio while winning 15 games.
Jan 31 - 1:43 PM

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette admitted Saturday that the team would still like to add another bullpen arm before the season.

The O's are set at the back end with Zach Britton reprising his role as the team's closer and Darren O'Day and Tommy Hunter returning in their setup capacity. While the free agent market for viable relievers is thinning, there are still intriguing low-risk options who could provide depth.
Jan 31 - 11:04 AM

Jonathan Schoop indicated Friday that he's been working hard this offseason to cut his weight in order to be lighter and faster for the upcoming season.

The 23-year-old infielder ended the 2014 campaign at 228 pounds and would like to get that number down around 215-220 prior to spring training. The goal is to add quickness and range on defense while providing more speed on the basepaths. While he hit just .209/.244/.354 last season, he did manage to club 16 homers and is the favorite to start the season as the O's primary second baseman.
Source: MASN Sports
Jan 31 - 8:47 AM

Orioles and 1B/OF Steve Pearce avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million contract.

It's the exact midpoint between arbitration figures exchanged earlier this month. Pearce is slated to be Baltimore's regular designated hitter in 2015 after last year's surprising showing.
Jan 30 - 3:52 PM

Orioles designated C Michael Ohlman for assignment.

They needed to make room for the addition of Travis Snider, and Ohlman was expendable since the O's are loaded with catchers on their 40-man roster. The 24-year-old hit .236/.310/.318 with two homers at Double-A last season.
Jan 27 - 8:51 PM

Orioles acquired OF Travis Snider from the Pirates in exchange for LHP Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later.

The Orioles have been searching for a left-handed bat all offseason and have finally landed one. A former top prospect, Snider has largely been a disappointment to this point, but he'll turn just 27 next week and had a big second half last season, batting .288/.356/.524 with nine homers. He could be a good fit at Camden Yards, a park that caters well to left-handed power.
Jan 27 - 8:46 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the trade sending Travis Snider to the Orioles is "believed to be done."

The Pirates are expected to receive left-handed pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later in return. Tarpley, who will turn 22 next month, holds a 3.31 ERA while striking out a batter per inning in his first 87 innings in the lower minors. He is not among the Orioles' top 10 prospects as listed by Baseball America. Snider will make $2.1 million in 2015 and is arbitration-eligible for a final time in 2016.
Jan 27 - 8:25 PM

According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles and Pirates "are closing in on the framework" of a trade involving outfielder Travis Snider.

Connolly says the O's would give up one or two minor leaguers who aren't currently on the 40-man roster if this deal can be completed. Snider had a very good second half for the Pirates in 2014, but the 26-year-old is behind star prospect Gregory Polanco on the depth chart in right field. He'd be a pretty nice fit for the Orioles, who've missed out on all the decent free agent outfielders. Pittsburgh avoided arbitration with Snider on January 16 with a one-year, $2.1 million deal. He's under control through 2016.
Jan 27 - 5:31 PM

Johan Santana has been scratched from the remainder of the Venezuelan Winter League playoffs.

Santana missed a start last week due to shoulder discomfort, but no structural damage was found and he was hoping to return to action quickly. It's unclear whether the discomfort has lingered or not, but that possibility has been officially ruled out. The 35-year-old will now likely have to prove his health with throwing sessions in order to sign with an MLB team.
Jan 27 - 2:37 PM

Matt Wieters (elbow) has expanded his throwing program to 150 feet.

Wieters' program began at 120 feet a couple weeks ago. The catcher's rehab from Tommy John surgery has gone on without a hitch thus far and he remains optimistic about being ready for Opening Day. The Orioles will obviously proceed cautiously with him during spring training.
Jan 26 - 6:29 PM

Orioles and RHP Bud Norris avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $8.8 million contract.

Norris asked for $10.25 million and was offered $7.5 million from the O's when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. He settled slightly below the midpoint of those filings. The one-year deal, which covers Norris' final season of arbitration, also carries a $25,000 bonus for reaching 180 innings, a $50,000 bonus for reaching 200 innings, and $50,000 for a Gold Glove Award or All-Star nod.
Jan 26 - 3:58 PM

Orioles signed OF Chris Parmelee to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Parmelee elected to become a free agent in December after getting outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster. The 26-year-old batted just .256/.307/.384 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 87 games with the Twins in 2014. He'll be nothing more than depth for Baltimore.
Jan 26 - 2:02 PM

Orioles signed RHP Dane De La Rosa to a minor league contract.

De La Rosa underwent knee surgery in September and might not be ready for the beginning of the 2015 season. The 31-year-old right-hander owns a 4.24 ERA in 87 career major league innings (all as a reliever).
Jan 26 - 2:00 PM

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