Notes on Cruz, Roberts, Davis and more

I've decided to begin the morning by addressing one rumor and squelching speculation about a former Oriole. I received a tweet about a Facebook status - yeah, so far it's rock solid - claiming that Nelson Cruz was buying a television in Baltimore for his mother because he received a new contract from the Orioles. Stop laughing. I have no idea whether Cruz purchased a ... read more

Will Showalter be award winner?

The Sporting News will announce its American League and National League Managers of the Year on Tuesday. It could be the first honor for Buck Showalter in 2014. And probably not the last. Showalter is the favorite to be named AL Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Keep in mind that ballots were submitted before the playoffs. Showalter isn't losing ... read more

Finding a place for Pearce

Steve Pearce's list of transactions on Baseball-Reference.com includes the following oddity at the bottom: April 27, 2014: Released by the Baltimore Orioles. April 29, 2014: Signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles. Two days of free agency and he's back with the same team. It turned out to be one of the most important moves made by the Orioles this season. They never ... read more

Orioles still conducting business as World Series approaches

Most teams lay low during the World Series. They're not really supposed to make news and distract from the big event. I'm not sure that there's an actual law against it. I don't believe that executive vice president Dan Duquette would be led out in handcuffs. Duquette and manager Buck Showalter already met since the Game 4 loss in Kansas City and will huddle again ... read more

Leftovers for breakfast

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette was succinct yesterday when asked about pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. "The only thing, his walk total was up this year," Duquette said, "so obviously we'd like to see him throw a few more strikes." Or a lot more, since his 77 walks ranked second in the American League behind C.J. Wilson's 85. Wilson threw 175 2/3 innings. Jimenez threw 125 ... read more

Duquette on playoff loss, roster decisions and more

Dan Duquette, the Orioles' executive vice president of baseball operations, delivered a message to fans this afternoon while standing in front of the home dugout at Camden Yards. The gates were closed, but he wanted them to hear it. "I think what I want our fans to know is that we took a big step forward this year," he said. "We won the division. We ... read more

Showalter: "This is a real overwhelmingly sad time of the year for me"

The Twins haven't contacted Orioles bench coach John Russell about interviewing for their managerial position, which was vacated with the firing of Ron Gardenhire. However, they're expected to reach out to him. "If they don't call," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, "then they must have some really good candidates." It's believed that the job belongs to Hall of Famer Paul Molitor if he wants it. ... read more

A few afternoon notes from Camden Yards

I've got plenty of quotes to pass along later from today's interviews with Orioles manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette at Camden Yards, where workers are removing the red, white and blue bunting from the fences. There's nothing newsy. Duquette didn't map out his plans for the offseason. Left-hander T.J. McFarland was the only player in the clubhouse while the media hung ... read more