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The good news is the Orioles' relief corps has been here before. Yes, it's not ideal to lose All-Star closer Zach Britton for some -- if not all -- of the first half of the 2018 season, but not many bullpens could withstand that kind of loss. The O's relievers can.
Beat reporter Brittany Ghiroli answers fans' questions in the latest edition of Orioles Inbox.
Manny Machado and the Orioles agreed to a one-year, $16 million contract for next season -- his final before hitting free agency -- a source told MLB.com. A separate source also confirmed that the club avoided arbitration with relievers Zach Britton and Brad Brach.
The bullpen, the Orioles' strength in recent years, will have to absorb the big loss of closer Zach Britton. Britton is expected to be out for at least the first few months of the season due to a ruptured right Achilles tendon, which creates a ripple effect, moving Brad Brach to closer and Mychal Givens to setup man.
Fortunately for the Orioles (and many teams around Major League Baseball), the season doesn't start today. The O's still have significant holes to fill in their rotation and are actively exploring ways to add at least a pair of pitchers -- preferably at least one lefty to balance out the rotation.
While the Orioles have their work cut out for them still when it comes to acquiring pitching, there doesn't figure to be a lot of major lineup changes next season. Yes, Manny Machado -- who wants to move to shortstop -- could complicate things if he changes positions or is traded.
Who do the Orioles have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Baltimore's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is ready to put 2017 behind him. Davis, who began training for the upcoming season around Christmastime, is approaching this year with a new outlook and is determined to more of a complete hitter.
The Yankees have said that they are comfortable going forward with a pair of rookies in their infield, but general manager Brian Cashman also appears to be keeping one eye trained on the ongoing situation with Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.
Aside from Adam Jones in center field, the Orioles are faced with a few questions regarding the corner spots heading into the 2018 season. Austin Hays impressed as a rookie in 2017 and could play a bigger role this season.
Much of the Orioles' offseason shopping revolves around upgrading the starting rotation. And while the O's have good reason to seek those upgrades, with just two spots secured entering Spring Training, what was often overshadowed by the rest of the rotation was the year Dylan Bundy had.
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette will be the first to say it: 2018 is an important year on many levels for Baltimore. As the calendar officially flips to 2018, let's take a look at the top five questions for the Orioles heading into the new year.
Yes, the Orioles 2017 didn't go as planned. After a hot start, the club found itself in the American League East basement when all was said and done. Still, though, there were bright spots. In no particular order, here are five memorable moments from Baltimore.
New Era unveiled the new PROLIGHT 59FIFTY that players will be wearing this spring, a fitted cap featuring a new featherweight polyester material that is the lightest on-field fabric in MLB history.
In April, Manny Machado spiked Dustin Pedroia's left leg during a slide into second base. Controversy ensued. Pedroia missed the next three games with injuries. A retaliatory fastball almost hit Machado in the head.At the time, it was nearly impossible to imagine Machado playing for the Red Sox one year later. Now the possibility is being discussed.
The Orioles were dealt a devastating blow on Tuesday morning when the closer Zach Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon during a post-throwing sprinting session in his native California.
The Orioles sustained a huge blow on Wednesday morning with news that closer Zach Britton had ruptured his right Achilles sprinting during an offseason workout the previous day. Britton underwent surgery Thursday and will be out for at least four months.
Orioles closer Zach Britton will try to make the most of his holiday despite some seriously tough luck. Britton, whose name was buzzing in potential trade rumors this Hot Stove season, ruptured his right Achilles on Tuesday night during an offseason workout. But the lefty, a popular fixture in the clubhouse and among the fanbase, can't do anything about that injury now. Instead, Britton -- who underwent surgery on Thursday -- will try to put his frustration aside and enjoy some fun.
Free agency isn't always about spending the most money. Baseball smarts matter, too. We're reminded of this every season.
Mercedes hit a home run and celebrated wildly
The Orioles were active in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft, taking three of the 18 Major League picks on Thursday morning.
As the group of 80 third- through fifth-grade students from John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School spilled into the Skyline Showroom at Dave & Buster's in the Arundel Mills Mall, the children's eyes widened. Some of their favorite Orioles were waiting for them.
Showalter cracks joke about new-look Yankees
Orioles Minor Leaguer Steve Wilkerson has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a positive test for amphetamine, a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, MLB announced on Tuesday evening.
As the American League East-rival New York Yankees officially unveiled slugger Giancarlo Stanton at the Winter Meetings on Monday afternoon, the Orioles remain focused on their own wish list -- one that includes, most importantly, a pair of starting pitchers who could prompt them to act quickly in a competitive market.
The baseball world was forever changed when pitcher Roy Halladay passed away unexpectedly in November, and tributes came pouring in. Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman will pay homage for the entire 2018 season and beyond.
The thing about Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop -- amid a career year in 2017 -- is that he never was content.
For the first time in three years, the top spot on MLBPipeline.com's early Draft Top 50 list is not topped by a high school pitcher. It should come as no surprise that the top guy is still a pitcher, and one from the 2017 College World Series champion Florida Gators. Right-hander Brady Singer, who helped pitch them to that title as a sophomore, is the clear choice as the best overall talent in the 2018 Draft class.
was the plan last winter, when the Orioles signed catcher Welington Castillo after he was non-tendered by Arizona, to give top prospect Chance Sisco another year of development at Triple-A and not rush him to the big leagues. Now Sisco, who was part of the O's September callups, will be relied on in 2018.
The Orioles announced on Tuesday that they signed 14 players to Minor League contracts, including six players with Major League experience.