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  1. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 1, 2014, 5:50 AM EDT

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    Does winning on Opening Day mean anything? I dunno, ask Oakland and Seattle.

  2. 2014 Preview: Baltimore Orioles

    Mar 28, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Baltimore Orioles. The Big Question: Is there enough pitching here to get the O’s back to the playoffs? The Orioles…

  3. 2014 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

    Mar 28, 2014, 1:25 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: Is this a championship offense? The Rays have led the American League in ERA…

  4. 2014 Preview: Oakland Athletics

    Mar 24, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Nate Freiman, Josh Donaldson, Adam Rosales, Jed Lowrie

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Oakland Athletics. The Big Question: Is there life without Jarrod Parker? The A’s rotation has been a strength over…

  5. Why is the baseball season starting in Australia?

    Mar 21, 2014, 7:59 AM EDT

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    Baseball has long dispensed with the Cincinnati Reds getting the first game of the season at home. I’m generally OK with this. People in Cincinnati complain about it all the time because they claim status as the oldest baseball franchise and thus feel entitled to the first game each year, but the fact is (a)…

  6. Clint Hurdle is all out of bubblegum

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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    BRADENTON — It’s raining harder now, and someone just told me that they’ve issued a tornado watch for the area. Yet they still haven’t banged the game. Crazy, but it’s their ballpark. They can do what they want. The Pirates did, however, open their clubhouse to the media at 11am, maybe because everyone knows that…

  7. Heath Bell on time with D-Backs: “I always felt like I was trying to swim upstream”

    Feb 21, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

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    Since leaving the spacious confines of Petco Park as the closer for the Padres, Heath Bell has had a tough time. Going into the 2012 season, Bell signed a three-year, $27 million contract. He struggled all year, eventually getting moved out of the ninth inning by then-manager Ozzie Guillen. Bell finished with a 5.09 ERA…

  8. Grant Balfour’s truck is absolutely ridiculous

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Yo dawg, I heard you liked to compensate, so we gave you a big giant truck with two levels of running boards and a big neon sign that says “I’m compensating for something” on the side. Except the sign is on back order and won’t be in until next week! One more reason not to…

  9. Orioles officially announce signing of Suk-min Yoon

    Feb 17, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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    The Orioles officially announced the signing of South Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon this afternoon. As it was reported late last week, he agreed to a three-year, $5.75 million contract. The pre-signing physical was the last thing standing in the way of the deal becoming official today. And that has been anything but a formality with…

  10. Orioles are now willing to give up their pick to sign a pitcher

    Feb 15, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez AP

    The Orioles have arguably had the worst off-season of any Major League team. They had the much-publicized contract snafus with closer Grant Balfour and outfielder Tyler Colvin, backing out of contracts with both at the last minute. They traded closer Jim Johnson and, as some have stated, whiffed on the return. Most importantly, though, the…

  11. Tommy Hunter expected to take over closer role for Orioles

    Feb 8, 2014, 10:04 AM EDT

    Tommy Hunter Orioles

    Now that Fernando Rodney has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $14 million contract with the Mariners, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com writes that Tommy Hunter is expected to take over the closer role for the Orioles. Of course, that wasn’t the original plan. After the Orioles traded Jim Johnson to the Athletics in early December, they…

  12. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  13. The Mets are willing to spend to add a “closer type”

    Feb 3, 2014, 8:33 PM EDT

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    The Mets signed veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a minor league contract today, but they aren’t done attempting to improve their bullpen. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York was told by a source unaffiliated with the team that the Mets “have allotted dollars” to add a closer-type. Bobby Parnell is the incumbent at closer, but…

  14. Orioles have had “recent, active dialogue” with Ervin Santana, Bronson Arroyo, and Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jan 24, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    In need of starting pitching, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have had “recent, active dialogue” with free agent pitchers Ervin Santana, Bronson Arroyo, and Ubaldo Jimenez. Of the three, Santana and Jimenez would both require the Orioles to give up their #17 pick in the first round of the 2014…

  15. The Orioles back out of their deal with Tyler Colvin

    Jan 24, 2014, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Orioles gonna Oriole: after finding tyler colvin still has back issue, orioles will give him a minors deal but no majors deal. so he remains a FA — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 24, 2014   We first heard about this the other day as the team and Colvin were supposed to be finalizing the major league…

  16. The Mets are talking to Fernando Rodney

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:54 PM EDT

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    The Mets were reported to have pursued Grant Balfour before he signed with the Rays and now they are reported to be talking to Fernando Rodney. Adam Rubin of ESPNNY has the report. This further suggests discomfort with handing the closer’s role to Bobby Parnell. Which makes one wonder why they let LaTroy Hawkins walk…

  17. Grant Balfour says he’s “100 percent healthy” after Orioles’ “failed” physical cost him $3 million

    Jan 24, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Grant Balfour agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with the Orioles in mid-December before they claimed he failed a physical exam and nixed the deal. More than a month later Balfour signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Rays and at the press conference yesterday he repeatedly stressed that he’s “100 percent healthy”…

  18. The Orioles signed Aaron Laffey

    Jan 23, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

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    He’s not Grant Balfour, but when you’re the Orioles the real test is whether the guy can pass the physical: Confirmed: Aaron Laffey has minor league deal with #Orioles. — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 23, 2014   Not exactly the sort of starting pitching splash O’s fans were hoping for, but he’s basically free. Best…

  19. Report: The Rays are “deep into discussions” with Grant Balfour

    Jan 23, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Earlier this afternoon word began to circulate that the Tampa Bay Rays plan a “significant baseball-related announcement” today, and that the team’s owner, GM and manager will all be on hand for it. While many folks had a lot of fun speculating fantastical possibilities, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! reports that the Rays are “deep into…

  20. Orioles take issue with results of Tyler Colvin’s physical

    Jan 22, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

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    The Orioles found themselves in a bit of controversy last month when they backed out of a two-year, $15 million deal with free agent reliever Grant Balfour. Balfour had a four-year-long streak with at least 55 innings pitched and a sub-2.60 ERA, but the O’s claimed they were concerned over his wrist and knee (which…

  21. Nationals interested in Grant Balfour; would like to trade Drew Storen

    Jan 19, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

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    After a flubbed signing with the Orioles, free agent reliever Grant Balfour has recently drawn some interest from the Nationals, Ken Rosenthal reports on FOX Sports. The Nationals have a trio of relievers who could close, but as Rosenthal explains, they would prefer Rafael Soriano‘s $14 million option for 2015 not to vest and for…

  22. Nationals interested in free agent Grant Balfour

    Jan 19, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT

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    The Orioles scrapped a two-year, $15 million pact with free agent right-hander Grant Balfour after a pre-signing physical revealed some previously-undiscovered issues in the reliever’s wrist and knee. But Balfour shouldn’t be out of work much longer. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the 36-year-old native of Sydney, Australia is now drawing interest from the…

  23. Orioles backed out of deal with Grant Balfour due to concerns over his wrist and knee

    Jan 13, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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    It was reported last month that the condition of Grant Balfour‘s right shoulder was the reason behind the Orioles backing out of a two-year, $15 million contract, but it turns out that they had other health concerns in mind. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the “red flags” that came up were actually about Balfour’s wrist…

  24. Tommy Hunter time? Orioles unlikely to sign a closer after botched Grant Balfour deal

    Jan 13, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    When the Orioles’ contract with Grant Balfour fell apart over concerns about the health of his arm the assumption was that Baltimore would sign a different free agent to take over for Jim Johnson as closer. However, that hasn’t happened yet and now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles “are no…

  25. Orioles among teams interested in Bronson Arroyo

    Jan 6, 2014, 8:58 PM EDT

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    We heard over the weekend that that the Orioles’ top priority was to add a starting pitcher, so it should come as no surprise that ESPN’s Buster Olney names them among the teams interested in free agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo. Olney writes that contract terms is the big question, but Arroyo won’t cost nearly as…

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