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Offseason Outlook: Pending Baltimore Orioles Free Agents, Some Big Names

October 21st, 2014 at 9:49 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles are like every other team in baseball in that they will have some tough decisions to make with their pending free agents this offseason, and the Orioles list includes some very big names.

There are the obvious and most talked about names surrounding the Orioles and free agency, but some of the others are also intriguing parts that helped this team win its first AL East Division title since 1997.

Here is the list of the pending free agents for the Orioles that are currently on the 40-man roster:

Those players marked with an asterisk have options for the 2015 season, and before you panic, the Orioles will surely pick up the options for both Chen ($4.75 million) and O'Day ($4.25 million) so you do not have to worry about those two reaching free agency, thus, cross them off the list.

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The World Series Dilemma: Who Do Baltimore Orioles Fans Root for in the Fall Classic?

October 21st, 2014 at 7:46 AM
By Josh Michael

The 2014 World Series is set to begin tonight between the NL Champ San Francisco Giants and the AL Champ Kansas City Royals and unfortunately, Baltimore Orioles fans will have to wait at least one more year before being able to see the Birds back in the Fall Classic. The question for Orioles fans this World Series is who do they root for?

There are basically three answers to this question for O's fans, who saw a red hot Royals team eliminate our Orioles from the postseason just four wins shy of their first World Series berth since 1983: Giants, Royals or who cares.

If vengeance, for lack of a better word, is your cup of tea, then your answer to the question would be to root for the Giants as they try to win their third World Championship in a five-year span, which is pretty historic in its' own right. Some may also elect to root for the giants simply because of their color scheme, which is dangerously close to the Orioles.

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Brian Roberts Retires After 14 Years, So We Look Back at His Baltimore Orioles Career

October 20th, 2014 at 10:29 AM
By Josh Michael

Brian Roberts and the Baltimore Orioles were two things linked at the hip for so many years and, late last week, the former two-time All Star confirmed that he was retiring after 14 Major League seasons. Although his final year in the big leagues was spent in pinstripes, we wanted to take a look back at Roberts' time in an Orioles uniform.

Roberts signed with the New York Yankees prior to the 2014 season, and played his first, and what turned out to be his final, season in a non-Orioles uniform.

While it was weird to see Roberts wear a different uniform, Orioles fans never really generated the animosity towards Roberts that they had against other former Orioles who went to New York, as fans understood that the team had other options at second base and it was the right time for the Orioles and Roberts to part ways.

Now that he has decided to retire from the game, we wanted to highlight the good times that we shared with Roberts in an Orioles uniform.

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Andrew Miller was Phenomenal for Baltimore Orioles; Set for Big Pay Day in Free Agency

October 20th, 2014 at 8:09 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles made one of the best moves at this year's MLB trade deadline when they sent LHP prospect Eduardo Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox for dominant lefty reliever Andrew Miller. The move bolstered an already-good bullpen into a great one.

Miller is one of the rare left handed relievers that is not only good against left handed hitters, but is equally as good against right handers, which makes him an invaluable weapon in any bullpen.

All Miller did once he was acquired by the Orioles was go 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 23 appearances spanning 20 innings. In those 20 innings, he walked just four batters, allowed eight hits, and only one home run while striking out 34 in the process. He also boasted a miniscule 0.600 WHIP while in an O's uniform during the regular season.

Due to an injury, Miller did not get to pitch in the Red Sox World Series run in 2013, so the southpaw was anxious to show his stuff in posteason play. Miller did not disappoint, as he tossed 7 1/3 innings combined this postseason for the Birds while not allowing a single run in five games. During those five games, Miller struck out eight total batters and had a combined 0.273 WHIP.

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Orioles101 Mailbag: Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis Questions the Focus

October 19th, 2014 at 8:00 AM
By Josh Michael

The sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS by the Kansas City Royals marked the end of the 2014 season for the Birds, and while we are all still saddened that there will be no Orioles baseball games till Spring Training, it does allow us to get back to our Sunday routine of the Orioles101 Mailbag. This week, the focus has been Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis.

'J. Peterman Counterfeit Mailbag' photo (c) 2012, Bry D. - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

As we always do, we want to remind you that if we receive multiple questions on the same topic, we answer them with one general answer as opposed to answering each one and repeating ourselves.

What are the chances the Orioles re-sign Nelson Cruz?

Oddly enough, this was not the most popular question -we will address that one later- but in regards to Cruz, it's obvious why he is such a focus for Orioles fans; he was one of the best offensive weapons in all of baseball and the steal of last offseason.

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