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Agent Scott Boras said Matt Wieters will be ready by Opening Day.

Wieters underwent Tommy John Surgery in May, but is still a long shot to be ready for opening day. He is an overrated catcher because his career slash line is brutal (.257/.320/.423), yet, people still still act like this guy is a top five catcher in fantasy. Yes, his 20 plus home runs in three straight season is solid for a catcher, the rest of his stats are not that great. I'll be avoiding him in all of fantasy baseball leagues next season.
Analyst: Mark Kaplan  View Profile

21 Dec, 11:50 AMSource

Orioles sign a one-year deal with left-handed reliever Wesley Wright.

Wright was a very solid bullpen arm for the Cubs last season going 0-3 with a 3.17 ERA over 48.1 innings. Wright could potentially fill the left handed void in the Orioles bullpen after Andrew Miller was signed away from them in free agency.
Analyst: Jonathan Impemba  View Profile

16 Dec, 07:36 PMSource

Orioles sign RHP Chaz Roe, OF Matt Tuiasosopo and RHP Jesse Beal to minor league contracts.

The 28 year old pitcher played most of the 2014 season with the Miami Marlins organization. He had decent numbers with a 3.66 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 72/21 K/BB ratio over 64 innings at Triple-A New Orleans. Roe will get an invitation to spring training.
Analyst: Drew Phelps  View Profile

16 Dec, 12:20 PMSource

Orioles have signed Cuban outfielder Elier Leyva.

The 24-year old outfielder isn't expected to start at the major league level. Insiders feel that High-A Frederick is where he'll start. He's got some power potential from the right side, but needs to improve his all-around plate discipline and learn how to spray the ball to all fields. Maybe he's one for the radar in deeper dynasty leagues, but he doesn't project to have a big league impact this season.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

15 Dec, 02:47 PMSource

Chaz Roe will be signed to a minor league deal with the Orioles.

Shaky command and a mediocre strikeout rate don't really make for a great reliever in real life or fantasy. He'll serve as organizational depth for the Orioles.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

13 Dec, 08:31 AMSource

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Kevin Gausman, who will compete for a spot in the rotation this spring, will not be penalized because he has options left on his contract. The Orioles also expect to increase his innings limit.

Gausman went 7-7 with a 3.57 ERA over 20 starts for the Orioles last season and though Showalter claims that Gausman will have to "compete" for a spot in the rotation there's likely nobody in baseball that believes he won't be on the Opening Day roster.
Analyst: Jonathan Impemba  View Profile

11 Dec, 12:07 PMSource

Manager Buck Showalter said if the season started today, Steve Pearce would be in right field.

Pearce has earned this job and now that Nick Markakis is in Atlanta, he seems like the most logical option. It's hard to say whether Pearce will adapt to an expanded role, but there is no denying the breakout he had in 2014 when he hit .293 with 21 home runs and 49 RBIs. He's in a good hitter's ballpark and should be able to match his home run total if given over 400 at-bats next year.
Analyst: David Kerr  View Profile

9 Dec, 11:12 PMSource

Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said there is a"good chance that catcher Matt Wieters will return by opening day after having undergone Tommy John surgery in May.

Position players coming back from Tommy John usually have a shorter timetable due to the lack of work they actually have to do with the arm. There's no guarantee that Wieters will be ready, but he stands a better chance of an Opening Day return than any pitcher. You'll just have to take a "wait-and-see" approach.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

9 Dec, 09:03 AMSource

Pat McCoy and INF Steve Lombardozzi have been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk.

This move now leaves Baltimore with only 37 players on their 40-man roster. It appears that they might be making room for some potential free agent signings during the Winter Meetings.
Analyst: Dom Murtha  View Profile

8 Dec, 05:46 PMSource

Orioles executives believe the industry-wide interest in a possible trade for left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is very high. The Orioles have received more inquiries about Chen's availability than any other player on their projected 25-man roster, according to an industry source.

Chen will be a free agent in 2015, but the Orioles aren't currently shopping him, as he is their only lefty in the rotation, and had a very solid season in 2014, with a 16-6 record to go along with a 3.54ERA and 1.23 WHIP.
Analyst: Ben Diamond  View Profile

6 Dec, 07:55 PMSource

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