Thoughts on Wieters and Davis

One of the more popular questions that I receive in television and radio interviews centers on the Orioles' intentions with catcher Matt Wieters and first baseman Chris Davis, both pending free agents following the 2015 season. Rather than being asked about possible contract extensions, the inquiries are aimed at whether the Orioles will consider trading Wieters and Davis over the winter or during the season. ... read more

Orioles sign Rey Navarro to major league deal

The Orioles left three spots open on their 40-man roster Thursday as the midnight deadline approached to set it before the Rule 5 draft. They intended to add another player to it. They just needed infielder Rey Navarro to accept their major league offer. It's a done deal. Navarro, 24, has agreed to terms with the Orioles after becoming a minor league free agent, according ... read more

Buck Britton signs with Dodgers (updated)

The Orioles wanted to re-sign infielder Buck Britton, who spent seven years in their organization before becoming a minor league free agent. However, they sensed that he had a better offer waiting for him and figured they were going to lose him. Sure enough, the Dodgers signed Britton to a minor league contract today that most likely includes an invitation to spring training. Update: Britton ... read more

Machado has green light to move over to shortstop if needed

Once the ink dried on J.J. Hardy's three-year contract extension on Oct. 10, the talk of possibly moving Manny Machado from third base to shortstop on a regular basis was silenced. The Orioles didn't give Hardy $40 million so he could change positions. He's the shortstop. While there's no disputing Hardy's placement in the infield, what happens if he's lost to injury for an extended ... read more

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