Taking another look at Orioles' arbitration-eligible players

Pitcher Max Scherzer, the 2013 Cy Young Award winner, is a free agent after turning down the Tigers' offer of a six-year, $144 million extension in March. They made a qualifying offer to him yesterday, which he's also going to toss away like circus peanuts in a Halloween bag. I mention it only as a pre-emptive strike against fans and media who try to connect ... read more

Orioles make Markakis decision official

The Orioles sent out a release tonight confirming that they declined their portion of the mutual option on right fielder Nick Markakis' contract. The club will pay a $2 million buyout rather than the $17.5 million option. The Orioles now have 32 players on their 40-man roster. They still haven't confirmed that they're also declining the $5 million option on catcher Nick Hundley's contract. Markakis, ... read more

Orioles claim McCoy off waivers

The Orioles claimed left-handed reliever Patrick McCoy off waivers from the Tigers earlier today. McCoy, 26, appeared in 14 games with the Tigers as a rookie this season and allowed six runs and 21 hits in 14 innings for a 3.86 ERA. He walked 13 batters and struck out 11. His walk-to-strikeout ratio was much better in the minors, where he went 1-0 with a ... read more

Candy, bad pizza and more baseball for breakfast

If you're wondering how you'll recognize me tonight on Halloween, I'll be dressed again as a guy sitting on his front steps handing out candy. The cigar and cocktail are only props. I'm not big on sweets, but it's a photo finish between Almond Joy and Snickers for my favorite candy bar. I also can be enticed by peanut M&Ms if the mood strikes me. ... read more

Orioles pick up options on Chen and O'Day (updated)

The Orioles didn't pull any surprises today while determining which options would be picked up for the 2015 season. The club will exercise the $4.75 million option on left-hander Wei-Yin Chen's contract and the $4.25 million option on reliever Darren O'Day's contract. It declined the $17.5 million option on right fielder Nick Markakis and the $5 million option on catcher Nick Hundley, making both players ... read more

Seven Orioles included on list of current free agents

Free agency officially began this morning with 121 players becoming eligible to hit the market. They may negotiate with other teams beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 4. This is only a partial list. Another 32 players may be eligible for free agency pending the option provisions in their contracts. For example, the Royals aren't expected to pick up the $12.5 million option on Billy ... read more

Time to stock the shelves in the free agent market

The World Series has finally come to an end, with Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner flushing the Royals in Game 7 while carrying an entire team on his back. Don't try it at home. My rooting interest was having seven close games with lots of late-inning drama. Most of them were blowouts, but not last night's finale. A World Series Game 7 has got to be ... read more

Orioles outright Meek

The Orioles cleared another spot on their 40-man roster this afternoon by outrighting reliever Evan Meek to Triple-A Norfolk. Meek, who signed a minor league deal with the Orioles in February following a tryout at Camden Yards during FanFest, cleared waivers before coming off the roster. He can refuse the assignment and become a free agent. Meek, 31, went 0-4 with a 5.79 ERA in ... read more