Tag: Baltimore Orioles

Why Did MLB Home Run King Mark Trumbo Come so Cheap to Orioles?

Major League Baseball's reigning home run champion has a new contract, and it's not the most expensive contract signed this winter. Not even close. Mark Trumbo, he of the league-leading 47 home runs in 2016, agreed to return to the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was first with the details of his new deal: And that's all there is to it. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, there's no opt-out in Trumbo's contract. He'll be an Oriole for three more years, spanning his age-31 season to his age-33 season. With that, we now know the terms of the 11th-largest contract signed this winter. Trumbo's deal ranks just ahead of the three-year, $33 million pact that Kendrys Morales signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. The group of 10 players ahead of him is headlined by Yoenis Cespedes at four years and $110 million and also includes three relievers (Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen ...




Mark Trumbo Re-Signs with Orioles: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Outfielder Mark Trumbo agreed to re-sign with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, the team announced.  Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun first reported the deal on Thursday.  According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the three-year deal is for $37.5 million. ESPN's Jim Bowden reported Trumbo has a limited no-trade clause for seven teams and incentivized, tiered bonuses dependent on how many times he wins the Silver Slugger award.  Trumbo, 31, had a career year for the Orioles in 2016, hitting .256 with 47 home runs—the most in the major leagues—and 108 RBI. His home run and RBI totals were both career highs. While Trumbo flashed excellent power earlier in his career—from 2011 to 2013, he hit 95 home runs with 282 RBI for the Los Angeles Angels—he established himself as one of baseball's most dangerous power hitters last season. That was in stark contrast to his stints with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners in ...




Should the Orioles Sell High on Uber-Closer Zach Britton?

Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton didn't win the American League Cy Young Award. He didn't even finish among the top three, much to the consternation of his skipper. "It's shocking," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Britton's snub, per MASN's Roch Kubatko.   Here's another shock that could hit Orioles nation: the sight of Britton leaving via trade. Kubatko recently floated the notion, though he added O's executive vice president Dan Duquette "is adamant" Britton isn't going anywhere. So take what follows with the requisite grain of salt, and don't mash the panic button if you're a Baltimore fan and an ardent Britton booster. Still, the idea has merit. Designated hitter/outfielder Mark Trumbo—who signed a one-year deal, $9.15 million deal with the Orioles last season and proceeded to lead MLB with 47 home runs—figures to have multiple suitors. Catcher Matt Wieters is likewise a free agent. The Orioles plan to hang back and let the market develop, ...




Complete Offseason Guide, Predictions for the Baltimore Orioles

Sometimes, the baseball gods just don't smile down upon you. Baltimore's season came to a brutal end in extra innings, as Edwin Encarnacion's three-run blast off Ubaldo Jimenez in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-2 victory over the Orioles, who are now 2-8 in their last 10 playoff games dating back to 2012. It was a puzzling move for manager Buck Showalter to not turn to his All-World closer, Zach Britton, who he confirmed in his postgame press conference was indeed available, via Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com. Perhaps things would have worked out differently for the Orioles if he had. But Britton and most of his teammates will be back at it again in 2017, though there will certainly be some changes to the roster before Opening Day. What follows is an overview of some of the decisions that the team will have to make—and some of ...




Orioles Clinch Playoff Berth: Highlights, Twitter Reaction to Celebration

The Baltimore Orioles are headed to the postseason for just the third time since the 1997 campaign. Baltimore clinched a wild-card berth with a 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday, as the team shared on Twitter: The Boston Red Sox won the American League East, relegating the Orioles to the American League Wild Card Game. The Seattle Mariners were eliminated from contention after a 9-8 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, which left the Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers battling for the two wild-card spots at the start of Sunday’s schedule. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports explained the situation before the Tigers lost to the Atlanta Braves, ensuring it will be Toronto and Baltimore in the Wild Card Game: While the scenarios were confusing, that didn’t stop the Orioles from celebrating after they knew they did their part. The team shared some of the scenes after Sunday’s win: Brittany Ghiroli ...




Resurgent Ubaldo Jimenez Emerging as Secret Weapon in Orioles’ October Hunt

Unlikely heroes rise in the postseason. With the Baltimore Orioles fighting for their playoff lives, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is getting an early start. Jimenez twirled 6.2 scoreless frames Thursday in the Orioles' 4-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing one hit with three walks and five strikeouts. The win moved the O's (87-72) into a tie with Toronto for the American League's top wild-card spot and 1.5 games ahead of the Detroit Tigers, the closest WC competition. The Orioles finish the season with three games in the Bronx against the dangerous New York Yankees. The Jays get three on the road against the division-winning and possibly complacent Boston Red Sox, while the Tigers take on the cellar-dwelling Atlanta Braves. Baltimore's work isn't finished, in other words. There's a scenario where the club sits at home for most of October. If the Orioles do flutter into the playoffs, however, Jimenez's resurgence will be an unexpected boon—and ...




From a Fractured Skull to Baseball’s Best Closer: ‘It’s a Real Miracle’

Watching on television, through the eye of the center field camera, the pitch looks unhittable. Standing at home plate, with a bat in your hands, it looks just about the same. "A devastating pitch," Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria said. "Really hard, and with tremendous sink. It looks straight until it gets to the plate, and then it goes down." Zach Britton throws it, game after game, pitch after pitch. Hitters pound it into the ground, or they just whiff. According to FanGraphs, their batting average against it was .154, the slugging percentage was .197, and nearly 30 percent of the time they swung, they missed, through Sept. 24. The average velocity: 96.3 mph. "It's the best left-handed sinker I've ever seen," said one American League scout with decades of experience watching thousands of pitches. "He's kind of like the modern-day Mariano Rivera," Longoria said. "Basically just one pitch, but it's a devastating pitch." The ...




Adam Jones Comments on Camden Yards Attendance for Red Sox Series

The Baltimore Orioles are in a fight for the playoffs, but the fans haven't been around to witness it. Outfielder Adam Jones voiced his displeasure Wednesday with the lack of attendance at Camden Yards, per Eddie Matz of ESPN.com: It's sad. It's eerie. We grind and grind and grind. We understand, there's a lot that that factors into it. Ticket prices being higher, although you can bring in food and beverages. Marketing and promotions, I'm sure they're not the best. I get all that. I'm just saying, the city wanted a winner - the last five years we got 'em a winner. I don't if know if they've gotten complacent already on us winning. I wish they haven't. I hope they haven't. Because winning is fun every single year, and being in this race is exciting every single year. So to the ones that come every night, thank you with open arms. The ...




Powerful Orioles Don’t Need Elite Starting Pitching to Get to October

A week ago, a popular view among American League East scouts was that the Baltimore Orioles were a lot more likely to finish fourth than first. They weren't catching the Toronto Blue Jays or Boston Red Sox. Not with that starting rotation. They would finish third and would try to sneak into the second wild-card spot. Or they would drop to fourth, with the New York Yankees surpassing them. One week later, the Orioles are only one game out of first place. How did that happen? The same way it has happened all season. The same way it happened Tuesday night, when the Orioles' starting pitcher departed after five innings—and they won. Five innings is not a quality start. It's not a good start. But when an Orioles starter has finished exactly five innings this season, the O's are an astonishing 20-12. When an Orioles starter goes five or more innings, the O's are 69-39. They don't need great starting ...




Flamethrower Kevin Gausman Must Thrive as Ace for Orioles to Reach Postseason

The Baltimore Orioles' starting rotation is a mess bordering on a full-blown garbage fire. That's no secret, and it's certainly not hyperbole.  Kevin Gausman to the rescue? That sentence contains a question mark for good reason. Gausman's ERA hovered over 4.00 for most of August, and he's lost five of his last 10 decisions. But the hard-throwing right-hander has strung together two strong starts, which counts as a mini-revelation in Baltimore. On Sunday, Gausman threw seven shutout innings against the New York Yankees, scattering seven hits and striking out nine as Baltimore prevailed, 5-0, in the Bronx. Those same Yankees pounded the Orioles on Friday and Saturday, scoring a combined 27 runs in a pair of embarrassing blowouts. So Gausman's effort Sunday wasn't merely a notch in the win column; it was salve in a gaping wound. It was also, incredibly, his first win away from Camden Yards in more than two years, as MASNsports.com's Steve Melewski ...




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