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Inbox: Who will the O's protect in Rule 5 Draft?

Beat reporter Joe Trezza answers questions from Baltimore fans
@JoeTrezz
November 15, 2019

Orioles general manager Mike Elias is on record saying he plans to protect four or five prospects before next Wednesday’s deadline. Now with five 40-man spots cleared with Aaron Brooks’ departure to Korea, Elias will have the bandwidth required to operate on the higher end of that spectrum. Assuming the

How Elias has transformed O's in his first year

@JoeTrezz
November 14, 2019

BALTIMORE -- When Mike Elias was pegged to lead the front office a year ago, it marked a new era of Orioles baseball. Elias soon unveiled his three-pronged approach to rebuilding the Orioles into a sustained winner, with plans to build an “elite talent pipeline” through scouting, analytics and player

Here's the best athlete in all 30 farm systems

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
November 14, 2019

Everyone loves an impressive showcase of athleticism on the baseball field. Whether it’s Byron Buxton improbably running down a ball in center field, Yasiel Puig uncorking a jaw-dropping throw from right or Cody Bellinger launching a tape-measure home run on what should be an unhittable pitch, there are eye-opening feats

O's take major step forward in rebuilding effort

@GoldenSombrero
November 13, 2019

The Orioles’ 2019 season went just about as expected, as the club recorded its second straight 100-loss season to finish with Major League Baseball’s second-worst record (54-108). But in the first full season of a rebuilding effort under general manager Mike Elias, the O’s system also took a major step

Who's the right free-agent fit for O's at SS?

@JoeTrezz
November 12, 2019

As Mike Elias enters his first full offseason at the head of the Orioles’ baseball operations, the club will continue to prioritize the long-term view for the rebuild the GM has championed from the start. Making his first public comments this winter on 105.7 The Fan’s “Hot Stove” show last

Means runner-up for AL Rookie of the Year

@JoeTrezz
November 11, 2019

John Means’ ascendant rookie season was not enough to net him the American League Rookie of the Year Award, but it did result in the best finish for an Orioles player in quite some time. It was announced Monday that Means placed second in this year’s Baseball Writers’ Association of

Villar's cycle leads O's Top 10 moments of 2019

@JoeTrezz
November 11, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Even in a season as challenging as 2019 was for the Orioles, bright spots abounded over the course of 162 games. There was drama, tension, triumph and highlight-reel moments that, despite the O's 54-108 record, are worth remembering. Such is the nature of baseball. Great moments can come

These 147 top prospects are Rule 5 eligible

@JonathanMayo
November 12, 2019

Over the next couple of weeks, all 30 Major League organizations have some serious decisions to make. They have until Nov. 20 to decide what they will do with their 40-man rosters. Some prospects will earn a coveted spot, some will not and will thus be eligible to be taken

Pitcher Brooks headed to Korea

@JoeTrezz
November 14, 2019

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles’ 40-man roster continued its offseason reshaping late Monday night, when reports began trickling out of Asia that one more spot would soon be cleared. Right-hander Aaron Brooks confirmed the news via Twitter on Thursday, writing that he will pitch for the Kia Tigers of the Korean

Productive Villar hopes his future is in Baltimore

@JoeTrezz
November 5, 2019

The night before this past July’s Trade Deadline, Jonathan Villar couldn’t sleep. No stranger to the swirling rumors, he anxiously checked his phone, hoping to not see any news. It was only after a sleepless evening that Villar reported to Oriole Park the next day, relieved once the 4 p.m.

30 teams, 30 candidates for 2020 Rookie of Year

@wboor and @GoldenSombrero and @JonathanMayo
November 7, 2019

The BBWAA will announce the 2019 Rookie of the Year Award winners Monday, with the Astros’ Yordan Alvarez and the Mets’ Pete Alonso considered the front-runners to take home the hardware. A year ago at this time, Alonso was very much on the ROY radar as he appeared headed for

Here's how O's Opening Day roster might look

@JoeTrezz
November 12, 2019

For much of last spring, Orioles officials did their best to temper excitement regarding the Opening Day roster, cautioning how that alignment was bound to change over the course of the season. And were they ever right: The O's cycled through a franchise-record 58 players in 2019. By the end

Offseason checklist: O’s needs and moves

@JoeTrezz
November 4, 2019

The Orioles went 54-108 in the first year of their much-publicized rebuild under the direction of new executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias, and they now enter the offseason with their sights set solely on the future. So what are the O’s biggest needs entering 2020, and what

Davis donates $3M to UMD Children's Hospital 

Largest charitable gift from a Baltimore sports figure will help fight congenital heart disease
@JoeTrezz
November 4, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and his wife Jill donated $3 million to the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital at the University of Maryland Medical Center on Monday, the largest charitable gift ever received by the hospital from a Baltimore sports figure. Hospital officials said the funds would

Looking ahead to shaping Orioles' 2020 roster

@JoeTrezz
November 1, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Change was a major theme for the 2019 Orioles under new executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias, assistant GM Sig Mejdal and manager Brandon Hyde, et al, and it will continue in the new regime’s first full winter at the helm. More are sure to come

INF Valaika claimed as O's start roster shuffle

@JoeTrezz
October 31, 2019

The Orioles on Wednesday began what figures to be an offseason of reshuffling, clearing three spots on the 40-man roster and adding some much-needed middle infield depth. The club claimed infielder Pat Valaika off waivers from the Rockies and assigned five players outright to Triple-A Norfolk: left-hander Josh Rogers, right-handers

Five questions for the Orioles this offseason

@JoeTrezz
October 31, 2019

When the sun set on Boston's Fenway Park on Sept. 29, it brought with it a 5-4 defeat that, in many ways, typified the Orioles’ season. There were oddities and bullpen blunders, the occasional how-did-he-do-that defensive play and another lead that slipped away in the later innings. Such was the

Here is each team's most 'untouchable' player

@williamfleitch
November 4, 2019

The offseason is here, which means there are no Major League Baseball games for several months. That is bad. But we are about to see a lot of players change teams over the winter, and that is always exciting and disorienting, so that part is definitely good. But some guys

Here’s every team’s biggest offseason need

@feinsand
November 1, 2019

The Hot Stove will be ignited when more than 150 players hit the free-agent market at 5 p.m. ET on Monday, the fifth day after the Nationals' victory in the World Series. Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon figure to get the bulk of the attention, but the market will be

These 20 prospects broke out in the Fall League

@JonathanMayo
October 28, 2019

The Arizona Fall League’s 28th season is in the books. There’s a new champion, the Salt River Rafters, and a new MVP, Royce Lewis of the Twins.

Inbox: Where will Rutschman play next year?

Beat reporter Joe Trezza answers questions from fans
@JoeTrezz
October 28, 2019

This is a decision the Orioles probably haven’t finalized yet, but the smart money is on the top overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Adley Rutschman, either beginning the year in Class A Delmarva or Class A Advanced Frederick, with the expectation that he could rise quickly from either

Off waiver wire, Alberto had 'breakout season'

@JoeTrezz
October 24, 2019

At this time last year, Hanser Alberto was still three teams away from the Orioles. By now, the roundabout way he eventually ended up in Baltimore is well-known: designated for assignment four times in the span of five months, Alberto spent November through March bouncing along the waiver wire, from

Stewart to be sidelined until late March

O's outfielder undergoes microfracture surgery on right ankle
@JoeTrezz
October 18, 2019

BALTIMORE -- For Orioles outfielder DJ Stewart, 2019 brought the dual challenge of trying to establish himself in the Majors while battling through an injury-plagued season. It seems that '20 will bring some of the same, at least to start. The Orioles on Friday announced that Stewart, who spent more

These 5 pitchers have stood out in the AFL

@GoldenSombrero
October 24, 2019

Some of the top players in the Minors are putting the final touches on their seasons in the Arizona Fall League, where the final week of the season is underway. MLB Pipeline has been on location for more games this year than ever before, with members of our team present