Orioles sign Janish to minor league deal (updated with two more signings)

The Orioles have been negotiating with the agents for free agent infielders Paul Janish and Rey Navarro with the intent of signing both players. A club official has confirmed that they reached agreement today with Janish. One down, one to go. Janish signed a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training. Janish, 32, hit a combined .268/.323/.359 this year in 113 games ... read more

A few afternoon notes

The Orioles are continuing with their attempts to sign minor league free-agent shortstop Rey Navarro and talks are progressing, according to sources. They're making a strong push for him. Keep in mind that the Orioles have 37 players on their 40-man roster after yesterday's maneuvering. Navarro, 24, batted a combined .282/.343/.435 this season with 34 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 57 RBIs in ... read more

Orioles not interested in Jimenez-Swisher trade

Back at the 2012 Winter Meetings in Nashville, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette sat down with agent Dan Lozano to gauge whether his club might be a match for free agent outfielder Nick Swisher. The Orioles were among four teams to meet with Lozano that day. Duquette viewed Swisher as a possible replacement for free agent left fielder Nate McLouth, as well as a ... read more

Orioles select contracts of Wright and Wilson (with Duquette quotes)

The Orioles announced today that they selected the contracts of right-handers Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson, protecting them from the Rule 5 draft that will be held on the final day of the Winter Meetings on Dec. 11 in San Diego. The Orioles have 37 players on their 40-man roster. They're expected to make a selection in the Rule 5 draft. Wilson, 25, was chosen ... read more

Orioles claim Alex Hassan off waivers

The Orioles put in a waiver claim on outfielder Alex Hassan earlier this week and lost him to the Athletics. Today the Orioles got him. The team announced that it claimed Hassan off waivers and added him to the 40-man roster, which now contains 35 players as we approach the midnight deadline. Hassan, a 20th-round pick of the Red Sox in the 2009 First-Year Player ... read more

Davis talks about suspension on radio station, another minor league signing

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis declined to speak with reporters following Game 4 of the American League Championship Series in Kansas City, a loss that completed the Royals' sweep. However, he spoke about his 25-game suspension this week during an appearance on a Baltimore radio station. Interviewed on WRBS-FM, a contemporary Christian music station also known as 95.1 SHINE-FM, Davis expressed regret over his suspension ... read more

Notes on Young, Jimenez, De Aza, minors and more

The Orioles remain open to re-signing free agent outfielder Delmon Young, who evolved into baseball's best pinch-hitter this season. However, Young is looking for a two-year deal, which doesn't figure to provide a match. If Young returns to Baltimore, the agreement likely would cover only the 2015 season. Young, naturally, will seek a lengthier contract after auditioning for the Orioles at their minicamp in January ... read more

Orioles re-sign Almanzar and Jones, sign seven others to minor league deals

The Orioles are taking care of minor league business today, re-signing infielder Michael Almanzar and left-hander Chris Jones, and signing seven players from outside the organization. Also signed were left-handers Frank Gailey and Ronan Pacheco, infielder/outfielder Derrik Gibson, shortstop Ozzie Martinez and right-handers Tim Gustafson, Kenn Kasparek and Mikey O'Brien. I wrote about Martinez on Monday. His signing became official today. Gibson, 24, may be ... read more