ESPN analysts say Kevin Gausman will be Orioles' X-factor this year

When ESPN's cameras and reporters were in Sarasota, Fla., to visit Orioles spring training earlier this week, they discussed which one player could be the X-factor for the club this year. Analysts Curt Shilling and Buster Olney had the same answer: Kevin Gausman. They feel the 24-year-old right-hander with 25 career big league starts and 161 innings under his belt could take a nice step ... read more

As O's look to reduce rotation from six to five, Jimenez aims to make decision a tough one

The question has been asked a lot this winter. Now we have finally reached the point where, in a few weeks, we may have the answer: How will the Orioles reduce six starting rotation candidates to five to begin the 2015 season? If it were put to a fan vote, Ubaldo Jimenez would probably be the odd man out. Luckily for him, this is not ... read more

Trader Dan: Duquette discusses dealing prospects for major league talent

Since Dan Duquette took over as Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations on Nov. 8, 2011, we have seen the team make several trades involving minor league prospects. There was a time when the Orioles were on the other end, trading established big league talent for prospects. The Erik Bedard deal is an example of this, but now the contending Orioles have a different ... read more

Orioles' early minor league camp roster

The Orioles have a list of 38 players that reported to their minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla., at Twin Lakes Park today. This group of players will get a jump on the rest of the minor league players and will be available to help the Orioles in early major league exhibitions. Their workouts begin tomorrow. Here is the roster: Beal, Jesse - RHP Bleeker, ... read more

Boston gets Moncada, O's brass gets some props and more

Checking in on a few topics around the baseball world: * So should we be surprised when the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees flex their financial muscles? Not at all. The Red Sox are going to spend a total of $246 million on three players they've acquired since last season ended. That was a season that the Red Sox finished in last place ... read more

What happened when an opinion on a bullpen session and sabermetrics met on Twitter

So I had an interesting couple of hours on Saturday afternoon. It had nothing to do with the snow that turned Baltimore into utter chaos for quite a while. My "fun" came via Twitter. My colleague, Roch Kubatko, wrote an entry where he mentioned this about young pitcher Hunter Harvey: "A group of veterans, including (Darren) O'Day, Chris Tillman, Zach Britton, and Tommy Hunter, stayed ... read more

Cruz and Markakis contracts called among worst deals of the offseason

We've spent much time this winter discussing and debating the Orioles' losses from last season of Nick Markakis, Nelson Cruz and Andrew Miller. At least according to one writer, the signings of Markakis and Cruz were among the four worst moves by all teams this winter. The Braves signed Markakis to a four-year deal worth $44 million and the Mariners signed Cruz to a four-year ... read more

A look at where Bundy and Harvey landed on another top 100 list

As the opening of a new baseball season gets closer by the day, the end of prospects ranking season is just about here. At a time when many publications produce their top 100 prospects list, the Baseball America list is still the granddaddy of them all - and still very respected. Published for the first time in 1990 when Steve Avery was the No. 1 ... read more