Orioles closer Zach Britton has agreed to terms on a $6.75 million contract for 2016, avoiding arbitration.
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How Orioles got creative with Chris Davis
Davis' seven-year, $161M deal with the Orioles reportedly includes $42M in deferred money to be paid out over 15 years after the contract ends, from 2023 to 2037. Before the deferred money kicks in, Davis will get $119M over seven years, which sounds more reasonable. Creative contracts (Insider)
Britton, Orioles reach 1-year deal
Closer Zach Britton and Baltimore have avoided arbitration and agreed to terms on a $6.75M contract. Britton had a 1.92 ERA with 36 saves on 40 opportunities last year.
The Orioles avoided arbitration with pitcher Brian Matusz, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.9 million with him on Thursday.
Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer
The Orioles have acquired pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne from the Padres in exchange for minor league hurler Jean Cosme. The 28-year old righty, who was 9-16 with a 4.42 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 34 starts over two seasons in San Diego, will compete for the fifth spot in Baltimore's rotation.
Tim Lincecum a fit for the Orioles?
Baltimore is reportedly one of several teams to express interest In Lincecum, who will work out for teams this month to show that he's fully healthy. MLB rumors roundup
Here's a look at a few of the starting pitchers still out there, and the likelihood of each hurler ending up in Baltimore.
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Showalter still paying for 'Seinfeld' cameo
Orioles manager Buck Showalter says he didn't know what "Seinfeld" was until he appeared on the show in 1994, but, thanks to Screen Actors Guild dues, he'll never forget it now. "Every time they play that [episode], it costs me $19.27," Showalter explained. Baltimore Sun
Orioles minor leaguer Ramon Ramirez dies
Ramirez was killed in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic on Saturday, the team announced. The 23-year-old signed with the Orioles as a non-drafted free agent in 2014. Story
Baltimore Orioles minor leaguer Ramon Ramirez was killed in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic on Saturday night.
Could Pedro Alvarez land in Baltimore?
Buster Olney sees this as a possibility though the Orioles have a crowd at first base, which became the veteran infielder's position last season with the Pirates. Olney's blog (Insider)
With the Orioles desperate to bolster their rotation, they seemingly let a good option get away as Doug Fister signed with the Astros.
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Cespedes had multiple suitors
MLB Network reports that the Orioles also threw their hat in the ring for Yoenis Cespedes, who officially signed a three-year, $75 million contract with the Mets on Tuesday. MLB rumors roundup
Should Baltimore lock up Machado?
Manny Machado and the Orioles came near a long-term contract a few years ago, before he injured his knee. Now that he's healthy again, it's time to head back to the negotiations drawing board. Players who deserve extensions (Insider)
The Orioles picked up 29-year-old outfielder Efren Navarro, who hit .253 in 54 games last season, from the Angels on Tuesday in exchange for cash.
Teams pumping the brakes on Gallardo?
The Orioles, Astros and Rockies are reportedly among the clubs that are hesitating to sign free-agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo due to draft-pick compensation. MLB rumors roundup
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No pitch better than a Britton sinker
With an insane ground ball rate and amount of swinging strikes generated, Zack Britton's sinker ranks as the top pitch in baseball. Best pitches in MLB (Insider)
Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer
Dan Duquette Orioles GM told me this morning on my radio show that he does not want to give up their first round pick to sign Yovani Gallardo, have not made an offer to Doug Fister and don't think Cliff Lee is ready so they are not involved with him either. However, they would like to add another starter and a trade is possible between now and opening day.
Chris Davis isn't hiding from the expectations that come with a huge contract, such as the seven-year, $161 million deal he signed with the Orioles.
Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer
Chris Davis on the way his free agency played out this offseason: "As a guy who kind of tries to stay out of the mix as much as I can, it was a little more stressful I think at times than I expected it to be."