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MLB Trade Rumors: Some Trade Scenarios That Theoretically Make Sense for Baltimore Orioles

November 26th, 2014 at 7:46 AM
By Josh Michael

With the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow, newsworthy moves are unlikely, but not impossible, to occur over the next couple of days. Keeping that in mind, we thought it would be fun to lay out a couple of trade scenarios that could possibly make sense for the Baltimore Orioles.

Before we get to it, please keep in mind that the trades we are presenting are purely on a theoretical based mind set and not necessarily something either team involved would be interested in.

Below we have presented two trade scenarios that could make sense for the Orioles in a world where the details do not matter, especially the possible interest of the other team involved.

Trade Scenario #1 – Baltimore trades RHP Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland for OF/1B Nick Swisher

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Amidst Offseason Movement, a Quick Snapshot at Who is on Baltimore Orioles Current 40-man Roster

November 25th, 2014 at 10:55 AM
By Josh Michael

The offseason is an exciting and nervous time for fans, especially those of the Baltimore Orioles. With players hitting free agency, signing with new teams, getting added to 40-man rosters as protection from the Rule-5 Draft, and minor league free agents signing MLB deals, it can become hard to keep track of who is on a team's 40-man roster.

Have no fear, Orioles101 is here for you.

Here is how the Orioles 40-man roster currently looks:

34Tim BerryL-L6'3"18018-Mar-91
35Brad BrachR-R6'6"21512-Apr-86
53Zach BrittonL-L6'3"19522-Dec-87
49Dylan BundyS-R6'1"19515-Nov-92
16Wei-Yin ChenL-L6'0"19521-Jul-85
Oliver DrakeR-R6'4"21513-Jan-87
39Kevin GausmanL-R6'3"1906-Jan-91
50Miguel GonzalezR-R6'1"17027-May-84
29Tommy HunterR-R6'3"2603-Jul-86
31Ubaldo JimenezR-R6'5"21022-Jan-84
17Brian MatuszL-L6'4"20011-Feb-87
Pat McCoyL-L6'3"2203-Aug-88
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Five Former Baltimore Orioles Among Those on Loaded Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

November 25th, 2014 at 7:50 AM
By Josh Michael

The 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was released on Monday by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) and contained five former Baltimore Orioles.

The 2015 ballot is considered a loaded one, but with several "steroid era" question marks.

Baltimore boasts five players that once wore the black and orange, which includes pitchers Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling and Lee Smith, and outfielders Tim Raines and Sammy Sosa. Of course, the only one on that list that would consider wearing an Orioles cap if elected would be Mussina.

This year's ballot includes 17 newcomers and 17 holdovers. The most notable newcomers to the list this year are Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Nomar Garciaparra and Gary Sheffield.

Johnson, Martinez, and Smoltz are considered locks by several baseball people. Johnson is the easiest choice thanks to his 303 career wins, five Cy Young Awards and his 4,875 strikeouts are the second most in history.

Martinez won three Cy Young Awards and accrued over 3,000 strikeouts and compiled a .687 winning percentage (219-100) in his 18-year career.

Smoltz also has a Cy Young Award to his name and is the only pitcher in history with more than 200 victories and 150 saves.

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MLB Free Agent Rumors: Outfielder Torii Hunter Reportedly on Baltimore Orioles “radar”

November 24th, 2014 at 8:07 AM
By Josh Michael

This time of year is both frustrating and exciting due to the massive amount of rumors and reports surrounding every MLB team, including the Baltimore Orioles. We try to avoid the ridiculous, and keep you apprised of legitimate and completely possible rumors. Over the weekend the Orioles were linked to another outfielder in free agent Torii Hunter.

ESPN's Jerry Craskick tweeted late Friday:

"Hearing #orioles and #sfgiants have Torii Hunter on the radar as a back-burner option depending on how other things unfold" Crasnick tweeted via his Twitter handle @jcrasnick.

Quite frankly, it is not surprising whatsoever to hear the Orioles have some interest in Hunter depending on how other thing unfold. Baltimore could potentially see four of the six outfielders they finished the postseason with not be with the team in 2015: if free agents Delmon Young, Nelson Cruz, and Nick Markakis sign elsewhere and they elect to non-tender Alejandro De Aza.

Hunter is a veteran who can play either corner outfield position and has shown over the past two years that he can still be productive at the plate despite his age. He will turn 40 next July, but showed no real signs of slowing down in 2014. Hunter hit .286 with 17 home runs, 83 RBI, 33 doubles and scored 71 runs in 142 games and 586 plate appearances.

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Orioles101 Mailbag: Nick Markakis and Baltimore Orioles Free Agent Targets

November 23rd, 2014 at 8:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It's Sunday, and that means it's time once again for another edition of Orioles101 Mailbag. This week, the questions continued to center around Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis as well as potential O's targets in free agency.

'J. Peterman Counterfeit Mailbag' photo (c) 2012, Bry D. - license:

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 response as opposed to answering each one and repeating ourselves.

Is it time to hit the panic button as Orioles fan regarding the O's re-signing Nick Markakis?

We have stated all offseason that we firmly believe the Orioles and Markakis will get a deal done, and we still believe that. It is not time for Orioles fans to hit the panic button. First off, we have not heard that Markakis is anywhere close to a deal with another team, and that is a good thing. Secondly, Orioles fans should be happy that Dan Duquette and the Orioles are negotiating with Markakis and not just giving him any deal he wishes. Keeping Markakis is a priority, but Baltimore is also going to do what is best for the organization as a whole, so re-signing Markakis to a fair deal is extremely important in regards to payroll flexibility.

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