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  1. 2014 Preview: Baltimore Orioles

    Mar 28, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

    Chris Tillman AP

    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…

  2. 2014 Preview: Cleveland Indians

    Mar 21, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT

    Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona

    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 Cleveland Indians. The Big Question: Did the Indians lose too much pitching? After four consecutive losing seasons the Indians…

  3. Chris Tillman named Opening Day starter for Orioles

    Mar 17, 2014, 6:58 PM EDT

    Chris Tillman AP

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced this afternoon that Chris Tillman will start Opening Day against the Red Sox on March 31. This will be the first Opening Day assignment of Tillman’s career. Showalter called it a “reward” for the 25-year-old right-hander, who has quickly gone from disappointment to rotation staple. Tillman went 16-7 with a…

  4. The Collective Bargaining Agreement won’t be changed until it expires

    Mar 8, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales

    Yesterday, Brewers starter Kyle Lohse criticized the qualifying offer system. Lohse rejected a $13.3 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals after the 2012 season, hoping to get a lucrative deal in free agency. He ended up jobless well into march until the Brewers jumped in and signed him to a three-year, $33 million deal. This…

  5. Kyle Lohse criticizes the qualifying offer system

    Mar 7, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers

    Deep into the off-season, Ubaldo Jimenez, Nelson Cruz, Stephen Drew, Ervin Santana, and Kendrys Morales were still free agents despite being productive players last season. Jimenez and Cruz recently signed with the Orioles, but the latter three still remain unsigned with the regular season just weeks away. All five rejected $14.1 million qualifying offers from…

  6. Orioles “maintain interest” in Ervin Santana

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    ervin santana getty

    Once the Orioles surrendered their first- and second-round draft picks to sign Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz there was speculation that they might decide to punt a third-round pick too in order to sign Ervin Santana. It hasn’t happened yet, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles “maintain interest” in Santana…

  7. James Shields won’t negotiate with Royals past Opening Day

    Mar 4, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    Impending free agent James Shields has told the Royals that he won’t negotiate beyond Opening Day, choosing to hit the open market if a deal can’t be worked out before then. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the two sides have yet to engage in any talks, so an extension seems unlikely.…

  8. Red Sox not actively negotiating with Stephen Drew

    Feb 26, 2014, 10:38 PM EDT

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    From Alex Speier, the Red Sox beat reporter at WEEI.com: According to multiple industry sources, with the Red Sox on the verge of starting spring training games, the team has not been engaged in substantive talks since the opening of camp with shortstop Stephen Drew. The team has not ruled out categorically the possibility of re-signing the shortstop, but…

  9. Orioles, Rangers, and a mystery NL West team are very interested in Ervin Santana

    Feb 22, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

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    With Ubaldo Jimenez off the board, Ervin Santana is the last big name starting pitcher available in free agency. Maybe not for much longer, though. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Orioles, Rangers, and a mystery team from the NL West team are very interested in free agent right-hander Ervin Santana. And while…

  10. Report: Orioles and Nelson Cruz agree to a one-year, $8 million contract

    Feb 22, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz Getty

    UPDATE: Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Orioles and Cruz have agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract, pending a physical. The deal includes $750,000 in incentives, but it looks like a potential bargain addition for Baltimore as they attempt to make a run at the postseason. As for Cruz, settling for a…

  11. Orioles have talked to Nelson Cruz

    Feb 21, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Texas Rangers

    Like a college student cramming before a big exam, the Orioles are desperately trying to put together a competitive roster before spring training exhibition games begin. We learned earlier that the O’s were showing interest in Ervin Santana even after having signed Ubaldo Jimenez, and that they were “intensifying their interest” in DH Kendrys Morales.…

  12. Orioles “intensifying their interest” in Kendrys Morales

    Feb 21, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Along with reports this morning that the Orioles are still interested in Ervin Santana even after signing Ubaldo Jimenez, now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that they’re also “intensifying their interest” in free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales. Now that the Orioles have already lost their first-round draft pick to sign Jimenez the…

  13. Orioles still interested in Ervin Santana even after signing Ubaldo Jimenez

    Feb 21, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    ervin santana getty

    Baltimore was linked to Ervin Santana before signing Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year, $50 million deal and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Orioles are still interesting in added Santana too. Because they’ve already parted with their first-round draft pick to sign Jimenez the Orioles would only need to give up a second-round…

  14. Report: Orioles and Ubaldo Jimenez agree to a four-year, $50 million deal

    Feb 17, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Orioles and Jimenez agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal. 6:53 p.m. ET: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles and Jimenez have reached agreement on a deal, pending a physical. 6:23 p.m. ET: After sitting on the sidelines for most of the offseason, the Orioles…

  15. Ryan Dempster will sit out the 2014 season

    Feb 16, 2014, 10:53 AM EDT

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    Ryan Dempster posted a disappointing 4.57 ERA in 171 1/3 innings last summer for the Red Sox and did not get a postseason start, but he was still expected to open the 2014 campaign in Boston’s rotation. That is no longer going to happen. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the veteran right-hander announced Sunday…

  16. 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…

  17. Don’t expect Ubaldo Jimenez to go back to the Indians

    Feb 12, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    Ubaldo Jimenez remains unsigned and the draft pick compensation attached to his free agency has definitely hurt the right-hander’s market value, but don’t expect a return to the Indians. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that “it would take something extreme” for the Indians to re-sign Jimenez and “there has been no communication”…

  18. The Angels sign Brandon Lyon

    Feb 10, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT

    Brandon Lyon Getty

    Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register reports that the Angels have signed Brandon Lyon to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. He’ll compete for bullpen spot. Lyon had a 4.98 ERA in 34 innings for the Mets last season, while suffering from decreased velocity. He was much better in 2012, however, whne…

  19. Add the Blue Jays to the list of teams interested in A.J. Burnett

    Jan 31, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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    A.J. Burnett recently announced that he will pitch for at least one more season before hanging up the spikes. That drew the attention of several teams instantaneously. The Pirates, of course, who had been waiting all off-season for Burnett to make a decision. The Orioles, in need of an upgrade in the rotation. The Phillies,…

  20. Blue Jays remain interested in free agent starters Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana

    Jan 29, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal shares the buzz at FOXSports.com: The Toronto Blue Jays, in need of another starting pitcher, might finally be preparing to pounce. The Jays have yet to make an offer to a free-agent starter, according to major league sources. But they have done extensive background work on right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, digging into his medical…

  21. A.J. Burnett isn’t retiring and is open to leaving the Pirates

    Jan 28, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    For the past several months the assumption has been that A.J. Burnett would either retire or return to pitch for the Pirates, with calling it a career at age 37 seemingly being in the lead of late. However, according to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review the free agent right-hander “will return to pitch…

  22. Mariners content to add complementary players going into spring training

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz celebrates after hitting a two run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning of Game 6 of MLB's ALCS baseball playoffs in Arlington

    The Mariners made the biggest news of the off-season, signing second baseman Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract. As beneficial as the signing portends to be, at least in the early going, the consensus was that the Mariners needed to a lot more to improve on last year’s 71-91 record. They were rumored…

  23. Could Ubaldo Jimenez return to the Indians?

    Jan 25, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    At the start of the offseason, Ubaldo Jimenez appeared poised to leave the Indians for a big money contract in free agency, but he’s still trying to find a home with spring training just a few weeks away. Perhaps things will pick up now that Masahiro Tanaka has signed with the Yankees, but Paul Hoynes…

  24. 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…

  25. Yankees among teams monitoring Johan Santana

    Jan 9, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

    Johan Santana Getty

    The Twins are reportedly interested in a reunion with two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, but they are going to have plenty of competition to sign him. Confirming reports from last month, Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger hears that the Yankees are among several teams monitoring the progress of Santana. Andy Martino of…

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