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Mark Brown

Orioles add four players to 40-man roster before Rule 5 draft

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Added to the Orioles 40-man roster: Ryan Mountcastle, Keegan Akin, Dean Kremer, Ryan McKenna.

The Orioles added four of their minor league prospects to the 40-man roster on Wednesday afternoon, making sure that those Rule 5 draft-eligible prospects cannot be picked away by another team when the draft commences at the winter meetings next month.

The four prospects whose contracts the team selected are Keegan Akin, Dean Kremer, Ryan...

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Orioles select contracts of Mountcastle, Akin, Kremer and McKenna

The Orioles are protecting four prospects by placing them on the 40-man roster today prior to the Rule 5 draft that's held this year on Dec. 12 in San Diego. The roster grew to 39 players with the additions of infielder/outfielder Ryan Mountcastle, pitchers Keegan Akin and Dean Kremer, and ... Read More

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Orioles add Mountcastle, Akin, Kremer, McKenna to 40-man roster

The Orioles added power hitting infielder/outfielder Ryan Mountcastle as well as pitchers Keegan Akin and Dean Kremer from Triple-A Norfolk. They also selected the contract of outfielder Ryan McKenna from Double-A Bowie. Mountcastle was named the Orioles’ organizational player of the year as well as the International League’s Most Valuable Player. The 22-year-old, who was the 36th overall pick in the 2015 draft, hit .312 for Norfolk with 25 home runs and 83 RBIs. He had an .871 OPS last...

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Alex Church

Can Austin Hays flourish where Cedric Mullins failed?

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For the second straight season, the Orioles will bank on a young center fielder to break out. Will Austin Hays handle the opportunity better than Cedric Mullins?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The Orioles will enter next season without true intentions of competing for an American League East title. Baltimore, fully immersed in a rebuild, has its eyes set on the long-term future.

Because of this, the Orioles will not break the bank this offseason....

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Winning stays on back burner as Orioles continue transformation

Nothing that the Orioles are doing as you read this first sentence is geared toward making a significant jump in wins in 2020. It's building up various departments in the organization, especially in scouting, analytics and internationally. It's a restructuring that reaches every level, with recent dismissals or reassignments in ... Read More

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Tyler Young

Wednesday Bird Droppings: Where it is the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft

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Any eligible player left off of the 40-man roster could be lost to next month’s draft.

Good morning, Birdland!

Teams have until 8 p.m. ET tonight to make decisions on their Rule 5 eligible players. If the organization does not want to risk losing them to next month’s draft, then those players have to be added to the 40-man roster. If the club is willing to take the chance, then they can leave them unprotected and risk losing them a few weeks from...

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Orioles hire Eve Rosenbaum as Director of Baseball Development

The Orioles have hired Eve Rosenbaum to the newly created position of Director of Baseball Development. The news was reported by The Athletic and confirmed by an industry source. Rosenbaum comes from the Houston Astros where she worked with Executive Vice President/General Manager Mike Elias. The Bethesda native, who attended Walt Whitman High School and graduated from Harvard in 2012, spent nearly five years with the Astros and had been Houston’s Director of International Scouting since...

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Drew Bonifant

The Orioles need to make a move at shortstop, and not just because of Villar’s uncertain status

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Martin’s light hitting and Alberto’s questionable level of production add to the urgency for Baltimore to make an addition this offseason.

The Orioles struggled in many areas last year. Put “playing shortstop” in that list.

According to Baseball Reference, Baltimore finished tied for 24th in WAR among shortstops, coming in at -0.8. The Orioles ranked 13th in the American League. And that was with Jonathan Villar, one of their best players all...

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Taking another look at Orioles' roster needs

As the Orioles move through another month of their offseason and draw closer to the start of the Winter Meetings on Dec. 9, they haven't ventured far from predictability. This team needs at least one starting pitcher and reliever to improve their depth and allow their prospects to develop at ... Read More

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Paul Folkemer

Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where Brian Roberts is on the Hall of Fame ballot

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The longtime O’s second baseman won’t get elected to Cooperstown, but as they say, it’s an honor just to be nominated.

Good morning, Camden Chatters.

It’s Hall of Fame voting season, and this year’s batch of eligible inductees was announced yesterday. Among the new candidates, most of the national media attention is going to Derek Jeter — because of course it is — but here in Birdland, the bigger story is that longtime Orioles second...

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Ravens fever everywhere; Astros under attack; The last season for Frederick?

Everywhere you go in Baltimore, the talk is about Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. Orioles talk is muted, and besides, it’s more fun to talk about a winner. Since the 1999 season, the Ravens’ fourth in Baltimore, they’ve recorded just four losing seasons. During that time, the Orioles have had just four winning ones. Jackson is by far the most popular athlete in town, and if he continues his brilliant play, he could be one of the most acclaimed Baltimore sports figures in history. The...

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Brian Roberts included on Hall of Fame ballot

The latest Hall of Fame ballot includes four players with ties to the Orioles and one who made a significant impact, though he isn't likely to be a future inductee. Second baseman Brian Roberts appears on the ballot for the first time. He's joined by pitcher Curt Schilling and outfielder ... Read More

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Three former Orioles, including Brian Roberts on Hall of Fame ballot

In the previous three years, six players with Orioles connections have been elected to the Hall of Fame. It’s possible that another with Orioles tied could be elected in 2020. Curt Schilling, who recorded the first of his 216 major league wins with the Orioles in 1990, is a leading contender for election in the 32-candidate ballot released today by the Hall of Fame. Voting by 10-year members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America  ends on December 31, and Schilling, a...

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Tyler Young

Who will the Orioles protect from the Rule 5 draft?

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All teams have until Wednesday to finalize their 40-man rosters ahead of next month’s Rule 5 draft.

The 2019 edition of the Rule 5 draft does not take place until December 12, but teams have to start making preparations now. This Wednesday is the deadline for clubs to set their 40-man rosters and protect players from next month’s draft. That means that the Orioles have a few tough decisions to make.

As Orioles fans, you are likely familiar with the...

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Mark Brown

Monday Bird Droppings: Where the O’s Frederick affiliate faces an uncertain future

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The Orioles High-A affiliate is one of 42 teams that MLB is proposing to eliminate in 2021.

Hello, friends.

There are now 129 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2020. With the BBWAA awards for the 2019 season in the rear view mirror, the reality sets in that there will not be much new to say about this team between now and when they start reporting for spring training in slightly less than three months.

With no significant roster additions on the...

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Dylan Bundy could bring Orioles an attractive return

The Orioles have some attractive commodities if they choose to trade this offseason. Infielder Jonathan Villar, who could be traded before the December 2 deadline for offering 2020 contracts, is a possibility. Reliever Mychal Givens might fall into the same category. The Orioles also have a starting pitcher who might interest other teams, Dylan Bundy. Bundy was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft. Because of Tommy John surgery in 2013, Bundy didn’t make an impact on the team until...

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Stacey

Sunday Bird Droppings: Where we’re pondering the two-way player

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It’s a fan favorite’s birthday, the Orioles gotta pay the Nats, and more in today’s Bird Droppings

Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! It’s the end of another off season weekend in Birdland. The Orioles haven’t made any on-field moves yet, but did make some news by announcing the earlier start times for some of their games this year. I’ll be interested in seeing what other moves they make to try and appeal to fans as they continue to rebuild...

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Orioles GM Mike Elias continues overhaul of team's infrastructure

With today marking exactly one year since the Orioles tabbed Mike Elias to succeed Dan Duquette as the franchise’s general manager it seems like a natural time to check in on Elias’s tenure and evaluate the changes he has implemented thus far.  Preaching a transformation of Baltimore’s scouting, player development, and analytics departments, it hasn’t taken long for Elias to get his fingerprints all over the internal structure of the Orioles. While the on-field product didn’t show...

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Tyler Young

Saturday’s Bird Droppings: Where it’s Mike Elias’s work anniversary with the O’s

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The O’s GM has been with the organization for one year today.

Good morning, Birdland!

We are officially one year into the Mike Elias era of Orioles baseball. How is everyone feeling?

The performance at the major league level has been predictably bad. Even still, the team did improve by seven wins over the previous season, and they did it with very few big names, a luxury that the 2018 iteration did have.

Elias’s background is in scouting and player...

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Harvey hoping for fewer restrictions and more games in 2020

Hunter Harvey came to the Orioles in August with a set of instructions. He didn't write them. They were attached as if pinned to his sleeve. Handle with care. Proceed with caution. Do not use on back-to-back days or nights. "This end up" seemed unnecessary, but they were detailed instructions. ... Read More

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