Catching up with Henry Urrutia

Not long ago, I wrote how the 2015 season is extremely important for the professional future of Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia. He turns 28 in February, was limited to 51 games at Triple-A Norfolk last year due to a sports hernia that required surgery, and the Orioles may hold open tryouts in the outfield if they can't sign or trade for anyone. Urrutia's work ethic ... read more

Orioles receive permission to interview Coolbaugh (updated)

Earlier this week, the Orioles failed to convince Charlie Manuel to accept the job of hitting coach despite numerous attempts to lure him to Baltimore. They pretty much knew by Tuesday morning that it wasn't going to happen. However, they have received permission to interview Rangers minor league hitting coordinator Scott Coolbaugh, according to an industry source. The Orioles were under the impression at the ... read more

Agent says Orioles remain in play for Young

The agent for Delmon Young indicated today that the veteran outfielder isn't close to making a decision on where to sign, but he said the Orioles "absolutely" remain in play. "Everything has been very positive," said Joel Wolfe of Wasserman Media Group, who met with the Orioles during the Winter Meetings in San Diego. "They value Delmon and realize what he brings to the table, ... read more

How will Wright signing impact Matusz?

It's become the most popular question of the week following news that the Orioles reached agreement with left-hander Wesley Wright on a one-year deal worth $1.7 million. Well, it may slot second behind "Who?" As I've written, Wright is a southpaw reliever who's 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 ... read more

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