No shift: Do MLB officials see fewer defensive shifts leading to more runs?

It seems that new Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred caught some people a bit off guard with a comment he made during his first day on the job on Sunday. He mentioned the possibility of eliminating defensive shifts. In his blog yesterday, ESPN's Buster Olney posted this video where Manfred made these comments. He also posted this transcript of that part of his interview ... read more

Blue Jays announce Paul Beeston to stay on through 2015 season

One day after a report that the Toronto Blue Jays no longer sought to negotiate a deal for Orioles executive Dan Duquette, the team announced tonight that Paul Beeston has signed a new contract to continue as its president and CEO. Beeston has signed a deal that will run through the 2015 season and he will retire at the end of the season, according to ... read more

Has the Duquette-to-Toronto story reached the finish line?

This whole situation involving Dan Duquette has to be a bit deflating to some Orioles fans. Oh, wait. Wrong sport. My bad. At this point, I can't tell if fans are tired of this story, which has pretty much turned into a mini-series, or whether they can't talk about it enough? The latest report Sunday indicated Toronto brass was ending any negotiations about a trade ... read more

A few random notes

A few Sunday news items and notes: * The Orioles sure didn't seem to have any interest in outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who agreed to a one-year deal worth a base salary of $2 million with the Miami Marlins. Perhaps there was good reason for the lack of interest, starting with the fact that Ichiro is now 41 and his best days are well in the ... read more

Some props for O's prospect Walker, plus another Toronto take on Duquette

Orioles first base prospect Christian Walker got some props yesterday. He was ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the seventh-best first base prospect in the sport. This is a nice ranking for Walker, which comes at a position that is usually plentiful with solid hitting prospects. Maybe it is a sign that he may have a chance to make the back-end of some top 100 prospects lists ... read more

A look at potential O's trade target Jeff Hoffman

There are a lot of ifs at work here. But if the Orioles acquired pitcher Jeff Hoffman from Toronto, and if we then re-ranked the list of the Orioles' top prospects, then Hoffman might rank behind only one player. He is a hard-throwing right-hander that just turned 22 and, if added, might immediately be the Orioles' No. 2 prospect behind only Dylan Bundy. ESPN's Buster ... read more

After strong second half, will Lough earn bigger role in 2015?

When he hears that the Orioles are looking for a left-handed-hitting outfielder, I wonder if David Lough ever says to himself, "Hey, I'm a left-handed-hitting outfielder. Give me a chance." I'm sure he does, and who knows? He may well get a bigger shot than we think come April. Right now, barring any additions, Steve Pearce is penciled in as the starter in right field ... read more

Notes on Rasmus, Bundy and Duquette

Colby Rasmus, we hardly knew you. We sure talked about you a lot, though. Rasmus signed a one-year deal with Houston on Tuesday, reportedly for an $8 million guarantee. That was apparently more than the Orioles were willing to go, which was said to be in the $7 million range. When it came to Rasmus, it seemed some fans really wanted him and the pop ... read more