Orioles working on their 40-man moves

The Orioles began the process of clearing room on their 40-man roster yesterday by outrighting pitcher Steve Johnson to Triple-A Norfolk. Johnson will become a free agent after the World Series and must decide whether to sign a minor league deal or change organizations. Don't jump to the conclusion that the Orioles are about to make a bold move to fill the spot. This is ... read more

Steve Johnson on being outrighted: "Obviously, it's a business move"

Steve Johnson said he's going to speak with his agent and weigh his options before deciding whether to re-sign with the Orioles, who outrighted him today to Triple-A Norfolk after he cleared waivers. Johnson can refuse the assignment because he's been outrighted previously, but it's a moot point. He's eligible for free agency after the World Series due to his service time. "Either way, it ... read more

Steve Johnson outrighted to Norfolk (updated)

The Orioles have outrighted pitcher Steve Johnson to Triple-A Norfolk, removing him from the 40-man roster. Johnson, 26, was 0-3 with a 6.23 ERA in 17 starts between Norfolk (13 starts), short-season Single-A Aberdeen (three) and the Gulf Coast Orioles (one). He went on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder and underwent surgery on Sept. 24 to shave down a bone spur ... read more

Does Schoop stay on second base?

I was going to start this entry by giving my Gold Glove predictions, but I honestly have no idea whether the Orioles will take home any hardware. I'm constantly surprised by the results. Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain wasn't nominated and I'm pretty sure he catches every ball hit in every ballpark. Maybe he's being punished for moving to right. It's a tribute to his ... read more

Three Orioles named Gold Glove finalists (updated)

Shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones and right fielder Nick Markakis have been nominated for the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. The winners will be announced on Nov. 4 on ESPN2 beginning at 7 p.m. The ceremonies will be held on Nov. 7 in New York. The Orioles had six nominees last year, but they have to settle for half that total in 2014. The ... read more

Stinson signs with Pirates

Former Orioles reliever Josh Stinson has signed a minor league deal with the Pirates that includes an invitation to spring training. Stinson became a minor league free agent earlier this month after going 5-5 with a 5.48 ERA in 22 games (13 starts) at Triple-A Norfolk. Stinson made the Orioles' opening day roster after allowing two unearned runs and striking out 13 in nine exhibition ... read more

Showalter on Duquette hiring: "The timing was right with everybody"

The Orioles aren't feeling the love from opposing managers and executives in the American League. Buck Showalter finished second in Manager of the Year voting in the Sporting News and none of the Orioles were chosen as All-Stars. Don't shoot the messenger. The Sporting News staff isn't doing the voting, just tabulating the results and passing them along. Besides, the Orioles honestly don't care about ... read more

Angelos: "It's been a long time coming and thankfully I believe it's here"

Now that the Orioles have strung together three consecutive winning seasons and won their first division title in 17 years, they're determined to bring the city it's first championship since 1983. Owner Peter Angelos likes the direction that the club is headed and believes that it can reach its goal. The Orioles signed shortstop J.J. Hardy to a three-year extension during the playoffs and seem ... read more