Quick Wright update and MLB statement on U.S.-Cuban relations

In case you missed it in the comments section, left-hander Wesley Wright is scheduled to take his physical Thursday morning in Baltimore. His signing could be announced later that day or Friday, depending how quickly the results come back. Major League Baseball issued the following statement this afternoon regarding President Obama's announcement that the United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open ... read more

Leftovers for breakfast

The Orioles' deal with left-hander Wesley Wright becomes official once he passes his physical. An announcement could come at any time. The 40-man roster will be full once Wright signs, but the Orioles can make room later for another player. I've heard rumblings that Wright's deal is worth $1.7 million. He earned $1.425 million this season. Wright is on Twitter at @realweswright. Two of the ... read more

Orioles reach agreement with Wesley Wright

In need of a left-handed reliever as part of their winter shopping list, the Orioles have reached agreement with Wesley Wright on a one-year deal, according to multiple sources. Wright, who turns 30 next month, is 10-18 with a 4.17 ERA in seven major league seasons, the first 5 1/2 with the Astros. He was 0-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 58 games this season ... read more

Pearce: "We still have a lot of talent"

The offseason for Steve Pearce and Brad Brach included a visit today to Dave & Buster's at the Arundel Mills Mall, where they signed autographs and served lunch to students from Callaway Elementary School in Baltimore. Pearce isn't accustomed to showing up at spring training with a guaranteed spot on the 25-man roster, but he's a candidate to start in right field and also could ... read more

Showalter on Davis, the offseason and hitting coach search

Orioles manager Buck Showalter recently played golf with Chris Davis in Texas, and the first baseman revealed that he's received a therapeutic use exemption for Adderall for the 2015 season. Major League Baseball suspended Davis for 25 games on Sept. 12 following a second failed test for the drug. Davis apparently had the exception with the Rangers, but was denied with the Orioles. "That's just ... read more

Notes on Manuel, Rios, Lavarnway, Palmer and Hudak

The Orioles are still targeting Charlie Manuel in their search for a new hitting coach, according to sources, and they should know later this week whether he's willing to fill the position. The Phillies would need to give their permission for the Orioles to conduct a formal interview with Manuel and he'd need to demonstrate that he wants the job. The first step shouldn't be ... read more

Orioles hire Hudak as PR director, plus other notes (updated)

The Orioles have hired Kristen Hudak, a former MASN and ESPN employee, as their new public relations director. Hudak, who spent the past 3 1/2 years at ESPN, will oversee the public relations department, including corporate communications, media relations, online communications, photography and team publications. She will begin her duties on Dec. 29, reporting directly to Greg Bader, the Orioles vice president of communications and ... read more

What's left for the Orioles on the outfield market?

The weekend is over and the Orioles lost another outfield candidate with Melky Cabrera agreeing to a three-year, $42 million deal with the White Sox. Where do they turn? Executive vice president Dan Duquette has made it clear that the Orioles are more likely to sign free agents than make trades. They still need outfielders who bat from the left and right side, but the ... read more