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Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:29 pm
 

O's and Guerrero dancing around the inevitable

Vladimir Guerrero Can Vladimir Guerrero just go ahead and sign with someone so that we can get it over with? He's the last DH to sign and the Orioles are the only real team with interest in the aging slugger.

Anyway, the latest is from Buster Olney of ESPN who tweets : "O's have their offer on table; Vlad is looking for more." He also said the next 48 hours will be vital. Could that be a threat from the Orioles to pull their offer and go ahead with Luke Scott back at DH at Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold in the outfield? Scott was good last year as a DH, so the Orioles' decision with Guerrero depends more on their comfort with Pie and Reimold.

Guerrero's choice is pretty much down to the Orioles, who have been offering a reported $3-5 million one-year contract. The Tigers' Dave Dombrowski may speak for the rest of the American League, when told the Detroit News yesterday : "There's not a fit for us. We're not involved with that at all and haven't been."

The only other team with a real opening for a full-time DH could be the Royals, but it's not as if they're going to be handing out big money or multi-year deals. The Blue Jays could return Guerrero to Canada, but they appear to be set with Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind at DH and just got one big-money player off the books and are unlikely looking to add another.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 30, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Cuddyer wants extension, plus more notes

CuddyerSome news and notes on this Sunday as baseball readies for spring training in two weeks...

 

  • The Twins' Michael Cuddyer (pictured) would love to stay a Twin for the rest of his career, as MLB.com reports. He is entering the last season of his deal and is excited about the season now that surgery to clean out his knee has been a resounding success. No extension talks have taken place and once the season starts, Cuddyer won't speak about an extension.
  • The Rangers signed Dave Bush to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training, per Anthony Andro of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. Bush has an opt-out clause in his deal, but this is exactly the kind of depth Texas should be building in a rotation that looks a bit suspect. If Brandon Webb suffers a setback in his return to playing time, Bush would serve as the No. 5 starter.
  • The Orioles are in the lead for Justin Duchscherer's services along with the Nationals, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reveals. The deal from Baltimore is of the major league variety, so it would be tough for the Duke not to make the squad. However, he tells Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that he has yet to decide and is close to deals with several teams. Crasnick has four teams in the hunt for the righty.
  • Rafael Betancourt has locked into a one-year extension to stay with the Rockies, as ESPN Deportes says per a MLB Trade Rumors translation. He'll make $3.77 million in 2011, per an already agreed upon deal, and $4 million in '12. The Rockies hold a club option for $4.25 million. The 36-year-old has been excellent in Colorado since coming over midway through 2009. He posted a 3.61 ERA in 62 1/2 innings for the Rox last season, whiffing 89 and walking just eight. An excellent season no matter how you slice it.
  • The Reds and Edinson Volquez agreed on a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration even as the two discuss a multi-year extension as MLB.com reports. "We tried to do a multiyear deal," GM Walt Jocketty says. "They just wanted to concentrate on the one year now. [Volquez's agent] had a few cases and wanted to get the arbitration thing out of the way."
  • Buster Olney of ESPN reveals that the Diamondbacks have opted not to pursue a humidor at Chase Field, at least for this season. The hitter's haven could benefit from a humidor, but given that the stadium isn't outrageously tilted toward hitters like Coors Field is in Colorado, there isn't a major push for it. The humidor could solve dry desert conditions that affect the baseball.
  • Amid reports the Orioles might sign Vladimir Guerrero, Luke Scott couldn't care less if he DHs or plays left, according to the Baltimore Sun. Just keep him with the Orioles, as he wants to sign a contract extension. The Orioles rebuffed overtures for an extension, although that doesn't mean it couldn't happen later.
  • In Nick Cafardo's excellent Sunday Notes column for the Boston Globe, he reveals that the Diamondbacks are considering Scott Schoeneweis. The lefty had a brief stint with the Red Sox in 2010 before being released. Schoeneweis pitched for Arizona in 2009 but was shocked by the drug overdose of his wife in May, struggling with depression after. How he has battled since in raising his kids and attempting to continue his career is nothing short of remarkable.
  • Cafardo also reports that the Rays are likely in on the services for Manny Delcarmen, along with three other teams. Delcarmen pitched for years with the Red Sox before falling apart in 2010 and ending the year with Colorado.

 

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: January 22, 2011 12:01 am
Edited on: January 22, 2011 9:47 am
 

Guerrero bound for Baltimore?

Vladimir Guerrero Could Vladimir Guerrero be close to joining the Orioles?

That's what former Reds and Nationals general manager Jim Bowden tweets . Bowden, now working for Sirius XM, says Guerrero is "getting close to accepting humbling deal w O's."

The Baltimore Sun 's Dan Connolly is all for it , writing the Orioles are now in a position to go get Guerrero for $5-$6 million, as the music has come close to stopping on the designate hitter version of musical chairs.

The Rays reportedly landed two DHs on Friday, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, while the Jays added offense in Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli.

The likely suitors appear to be down to the Angels, Rangers and Orioles. The Rangers didn't pick up his option, while the Angles didn't re-sign him after 2009.

Connolly notes the Orioles could move Luke Scott to left field, which would make Felix Pie the fourth outfielder and send Nolan Reimold to Triple-A, something the team could consider anyway.

UPDATE: That's why there was a question mark on the headline (I'm never quite sure what to do with reports from Leatherpants) -- the Orioles' Andy MacPhail denied the Bowden report in an e-mail to MASN.com's Steve Melewski . "Report is not accurate," MacPhail said in the e-mail. Of course, it could just be a differing of opinion on what constitutes "close" or it could be that the Orioles haven't talked to Guerrero.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:03 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 8:18 pm
 

DH market still crowded

Vladimir Guerrero If there's a surplus of one position on the free agent market, it may be the designated hitter spot.

Jim Thome, one of last season's bargain pickups, is still unsigned, as are Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon. And then there's the not-retired Jermaine Dye, Jason Giambi, Russell Branyan, Jose Guillen and Hank Blalock.

So far this offseason, the Red Sox exercised their option on David Ortiz, the Yankees have said they'll move Jorge Posada out from behind the plate, as will the Tigers with newly-signed Victor Martinez. Adam Dunn will be a first-time designated hitter with the White Sox.

As for teams with needs, that includes the team Thome DH'd for last season, the Twins, who would like him back. Of course, after putting up the year he did, he feels like he deserves a raise -- especially with his 600th career home run likely coming this season. The Rays, Angels and Rangers also have obvious needs, while the Orioles, Royals and Blue Jays could upgrade at the spot or stay put.

As it stands, here how the current AL DHs line up:
Orioles -- Luke Scott
Red Sox -- David Ortiz
Yankees -- Jorge Posada
Blue Jays -- Edwin Encarnacion
Rays -- Matt Joyce
White Sox -- Adam Dunn
Indians -- Travis Hafner
Tigers -- Victor Martinez
Royals -- Billy Butler
Twins -- Jason Kubel
Angels -- Mike Napoli
A's -- Hideki Matsui
Mariners -- Jack Cust
Rangers -- David Murphy

And here's who is left on the market (2010 AVG/OBP/SLG HR, RBI)
Jim Thome .283/.412/.627 25, 59
Vladimir Guerrero .300/.345/.496 29, 115
Manny Ramirez .298/.409/.510 16, 42
Johnny Damon .271/.355/.401 8, 51
Russell Branyan .237/.323/.487 25, 57
Jason Giambi .244/.378/.398 6, 35
Andruw Jones .230/.341/.486 19, 48
Hank Blalock .254/.319/.349 1, 7
Jose Guillen .258/.314/.416 16, 62
Jeremy Hermida .216/.268/351 6, 29
Troy Glaus .240/.344/.400 16, 71
Mike Sweeney .252/.321/.444 8, 26
Jorge Cantu .256/.304/.392 11, 56
Jermaine Dye (2009) .250/.340/.453 27, 81

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 11:12 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:51 am
 

R.I.P. Orioles: Three managers, almost 100 losses

RIP As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Next up: The only AL East team to finish under .500 in the Baltimore Orioles.

The Orioles were a team with a budding youth movement at the end of 2009 with enough solid young players that it was thought 2010 could be the first step towards an eventual return to the top of the AL East.

Instead, the team cycled through three managers and a host of disappointing seasons from crucial players en route to the same old, same old.

WHAT WENT WRONG

In the offseason, the O's made three moves geared toward addressing the team's perceived weaknesses amid a push for .500. Those were bringing in Garrett Atkins, Miguel Tejada and Kevin Millwood.

Atkins couldn't hit his way out of a brown paper bag before being released, Tejada played poorly in his first season as a third baseman and increasingly appeared disinterested before being traded to the Padres and Kevin Millwood ran up a 4-16 record and 5.10 ERA in 31 starts.

In addition, center fielder Adam Jones regressed, left fielder Nolan Reimold was sent to Triple-A, second baseman Brian Roberts struggled with back problems, limited to just 59 games and Nick Markakis' 12 home runs were a massive disappointment. Mega-prospect Matt Wieters' pedestrian season proved that you can't always depend on minor-league numbers to tell the whole story. (Wieters still figures to develop into one of the league's best backstops.)

And if someone can tell me why the O's didn't trade Ty Wigginton when he was very much in demand and a free agent likely to depart, please call me. Because that was one of the dumber decisions at the trade deadline made by any team, with only the Nats' decision to hang onto Adam Dunn perhaps worse.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Brian Matusz Brian Matusz (pictured, right) shook off a slow start and ended the year with a 4.30 ERA, impressive for a rookie in the AL East. The lefty should eventually develop into Baltimore's ace. He was joined by Jeremy Guthrie, who shook off a poor 2009 to return to his usual season of around 200 innings (209 1/3) and an ERA just under 4.00 (3.83).

On offense, Felix Pie established himself as the left-fielder of the future after questions surrounding his commitment and talent. Pie was injured for a major part of the year, and nomad Corey Patterson -- himself an ex-Cub top prospect -- filled in admirably for Pie.

Luke Scott powered his way to a .902 OPS and career-best 27 blasts, hitting .284/.368/.535 in 447 plate appearances, as Scott has established himself as a solid power-hitter in the middle of the Orioles' lineup. On a contending team, he would likely bat fifth and at 32, his value is running out. His age is not a concern thanks to having two more years of arbitration that other teams would covet. However, Scott will only get older and only get closer to free agency, so the O's should capitalize on Scott's best full-time year and deal him.

HELP ON THE WAY

The Orioles debuted Jake Arrieta and brought Chris Tillman up for another shot at the rotation, giving the O's three nice arms with Matusz that will eventually be the foundation of the team. Tillman is still struggling to adapt to the majors but has plenty of time to figure out while Arrieta has a 2011 rotation spot locked up.

Zach Britton skyrocketed up the prospect rankings all season and should debut in 2011, eventually pairing with Guthrie, Matusz, Arrieta and Tillman to give the Orioles its best pitching staff since its mid-90s halcyon days and its best shot to take down the Yankees, Rays, Red Sox and Jays. Offensively, the club drafted shortstop Manny Machado in June, who will appear on many Top-100 prospect lists this winter.

Josh Bell didn't find the bigs to his liking in his major-league debut, compiling a .214/.224/.302 line but represents the O's best hope for developing a power hitter and will get every chance. Brandon Snyder will also get every chance to become Baltimore's long-term first baseman, but a poor 2010 calls into question how ready he is currently.

EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

Buck Showalter The Orioles ran through Dave Trembley and Juan Samuel heading up the clubhouse before settling on Buck Showalter (pictured, right). The longtime skipper posted a 34-23 record in town, giving many hope. While Showalter will combine with many budding, talented youngsters to give forth a strong effort, the team is simply not ready for prime time.

Shooting for .500 is a realistic goal, but the team may have to temper expectations given the mighty behemoth that is the AL East. Finishing with 88 losses could be as good as finishing .500 in any other division.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The Orioles need to be focused on one thing and one thing only: surrounding the team with enough talent to compete. With enough money to make a play for a big free agent, the O's could strike big, but need to make these smaller strikes count as well.

The Orioles could make a play for Jayson Werth or Carl Crawford and sell them on having enough talent coming up to make a push. The dollars and sense won't likely work out, however, so the O's will have to go second-tier shopping. Taking a flyer on Jeremy Bonderman, still under age 30 and with plenty of talent, could work out in spades for the O's.  Jorge De La Rosa would be a safer get, but also come at a higher price.

On offense, the team could target someone like Carlos Pena or Derrek Lee, amongst a host of others, to come in to act as a veteran presence and occupy first base long enough for Snyder to develop. The Orioles could also strike to acquire Prince Fielder, giving the team a cornerstone power bat to build around for the foreseeable future. Baltimore would also be able to flash enough money to potentially keep the slugger in town beyond 2011.

2011 PREDICTION

The Orioles will take baby steps toward contention. The offense is major-league ready enough, but the pitching is lagging behind and needs at least a year -- if not two -- to settle down. Baltimore's task is to get its young hitters focused in the meantime while cashing in on chips like Luke Scott and Jeremy Guthrie. The Orioles will likely sniff 90 losses but could be primed for a breakout in 2012.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here .

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 5:58 pm
 

Orioles' Simon, Showalter suspended


Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon has been suspended three games and manager Buck Showalter one after Major League Baseball issued punishments for Simon throwing intentionally at Toronto's Joe Bautista on Sunday.

According to MLB.com, Showalter will serve his suspension Monday night, with bench coach Jeff Datz managing against the Rays. Simon will appeal.

MLB also fined Blue Jays pitcher Shaun Marcum $750 for throwing at Luke Scott earlier in the game, in the fourth, ruling that it was retaliation for Bautista being hit in the top of the inning (Bautista was hit twice). That was what caused the umpire to issue the warning that spurred the ejections after Bautista was hit again.

Marcum's pitch only grazed Scott, and he said it wasn't intentional. He'll appeal.

"Warnings weren't even out," Marcum said  on Monday. "To hit somebody like that and get fined, I think it's bad judgment on their part. I have good enough control that if I'm going to hit somebody I'll hit them right in the middle of the back."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 9:47 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 2:17 pm
 

Garza fires back at O's Scott

Luke Scott Thank you Matt Garza and Luke Scott for proving once again there's a quote from Major League for just about any baseball occasion -- "OK Harris, let's not start a holy war now."

So, the backstory to this is Garza talked some trash before his start on Friday and then went out and beat the O's.

Apparently Baltimore's Scott didn't like that.

"He said what he said, and he backed it up. He did a good job for his team, but don't let it bite you in the butt," Scott told the St. Petersburg Times . "If you let your head get big in anything in life . . . it's Proverbs 3:34: 'God opposes the proud but give grace to the humble.' Your time is coming if you think that life is going to be like that. Your time is coming, and it's not going to be fun."

Garza thought going Biblical was a bit over the line.

From the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin :
"To each his own interpretation; that’s what the Bible is. I’m a Christian too; a Catholic Christian. He’s throwing something in that shouldn’t even be allowed to be brought in,’’ Garza said. “That’s a topic where you don’t ever bring that up. …

"My feeling is that God has a lot better things to worry about than if I’m going to throw a strike on a certain pitch. A lot of other things. I’d rather [Scott] not bring it up."
Matt Garza Garza also said Scott's words were a bit hypocritical considering his choreographed home run celebration, which includes a point to the sky and multiple high-fives.

"It's the same thing, when you're showing up the other guy," Garza said. "The game's gone that far to where it's acceptable. It's just what it is."

The cycle will only be complete only if Scott responds, "Up your butt, Jobu."

UPDATE: Scott repsonded -- and maybe the he-said, she-said thing is all over. However, he didn't take my advice on what to say, instead here's what he told the Baltimore Sun 's Dan Connolly :

“He’s just saying religion is not something you bring into baseball; it’s all a matter of choice. That’s not how I view it. Like I said, I consider it a blessing to be here and I am thankful for the opportunity to play. And that’s just my personal beliefs.”

As for Garza’s allegations that Scott’s celebration ritual is hypocritical of someone who is denouncing boastfulness in the name of God, Scott said:

"That’s part of the game. You celebrate with your teammates. I play this game because I like to have fun. When I celebrate with my teammates, I am celebrating because I am enjoying the competition and am enjoying success. It’s just as simple as that. I mean, I am pretty sure he gets pretty pumped up when he is in a big game and he does well and he gets some key outs when he needs them. I bet you he is in there and he is fired up. We all have different ways of expressing emotion in this game and that’s what makes us all unique.”

Lou Brown woulda had a better response, but I guess at least this one is closed for now.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 17, 2010 9:51 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 9:52 pm
 

O's won't deal Scott, Wigginton

Luke Scott The Orioles won't be trading Luke Scott (pictured) or Ty Wigginton, as the two did not clear trade waivers as the Baltimore Sun 's Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec report .

Scott, under team control through 2012, is one of the team's best power-hitters and it is unsurprising the team has opted to keep him in the fold. He has 22 home runs in 396 plate appearances, currently enjoying one of the best seasons of his career as a 32-year-old. Even though Baltimore has the AL's worst record and is just one off being the worst team in the majors, there is plenty of talent -- both young and old -- on the team.

Wigginton, on the other hand, is an impending free agent and despite being an All-Star, hasn't contributed much with the bat lately, causing him to be overrated. There's really no cause for the Orioles to hang onto Wigginton and they missed a prime opportunity to get value for the utility infielder.

Andy MacPhail, the president of baseball operations, doesn't envision B-more making any deals before the postseason roster deadline of August 31, which makes no sense. A rebuilding club that needs young blood to compete in an ultra-competitive AL East and zero hope of contention in 2010 should be making moves looking towards the future. While the O's have made great strides in talent procurement under MacPhail, the team's stagnant approach to dealing commodities that are not relevant to their future is baffling.

-- Evan Brunell

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