"The Toronto Blue Jays will hire DeMarlo Hale as their bench coach, according to two industry sources. One source said Hale could receive a three-year contract."
"The free-agent market makes for good discussion this time of year. But what's more interesting is watching general managers attempt to work their magic, molding a contender out of raw clay, sometimes in subtle ways." And he uses the O's signing of Wei-Yin Chen and the trade for Jason Hammel as examples of that patient approach working.
"Jonny Gomes’ two-year deal will probably be a solid starting point for the Orioles [with Nate McLouth], but it will also depend on how much faith Dan Duquette will put in the, latest, return of Nolan Reimold." Do we really start at 2 years, $10MM with McLouth? Seems a bit pricy for a guy who didn't hit .275 last year, but was a 0.8 WAR player. Maybe it's not. Discuss.
"But if the Orioles did return a club next season that looked a lot like the 2012 Orioles, what would be wrong with that?" Actually, quite a bit, Steve. Quite a bit would be wrong with that.
"New Orioles second baseman Alexi Casilla has been playing in the Dominican for the Gigantes del Cibao and is hitting .290/.329/.449 in 16 games there." Ryan Flaherty, Rhyne Hughes, and Buck Britton are among others playing Winter League ball in places warmer than you are.