Sunday Bird Droppings

Manny Machado, obviously learning at the feet of the master, Adam Jones. Blow that bubble, kid. - Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

There's not much Orioles news today, but at least there's a few tidbits to tide us over.

Berkman off the board for the O's - BirdsWatcher.com
"Lance Berkman signed a one-year deal with Texas for $11 million of guaranteed money, and a vesting option for 2014. (There’s also a buyout of $1 million.)" That's a lot of money for Lance Berkman.

Orioles notes on Lance Berkman, Buck Showalter and FanFest - baltimoresun.com
"Ticket vouchers for the Orioles’ autograph sessions sold out within the first hour today. It’s the first time the club has sold out of vouchers on the first day, according to a club spokeswoman. Tickets for the overall event at the Convention Center are still available, but they are selling more rapidly than in past years."

Showalter extension may add three years to his Orioles deal - CBSSports.com
"Manager Buck Showalter's contract extension, which may be announced next week, is expected to be for three years, which would keep him in Baltimore through the 2016 season, people familiar with the talks suggested."

School of Roch: Notes on Berkman and FanFest
"One of my Twitters followers wrote that they sold out in approximately 40 minutes and the Manny Machado vouchers were gone in five minutes." Manny Machado, Baltimore's next favorite son.

Toronto Blue Jays bench coach DeMarlo Hale grabs ‘good opportunity’ - thestar.com
"The seeds of DeMarlo Hale’s decision to join the Blue Jays coaching staff were sown in 2010 when the 51-year-old Chicago native interviewed for the club’s vacant managerial post."

The Mets signed infielder Omar Quintanilla to a Minor League contract | MLB.com: News
"The Mets re-acquired an old friend on Saturday, officially signing infielder Omar Quintanilla to a Minor League contract and inviting him to Spring Training." I know, not exactly breaking news, but I wanted it noted for the record.

CU's Martinez claimed by Baltimore
"Former Cumberland University baseball standout Luis Martinez has been claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers by the Baltimore Orioles. Martinez, 27, is a career .272/.362/.364 hitter in six Minor League seasons in the San Diego Padres' (2007-11) and Rangers' (2012) systems." You didn't think Honey Badger GM was sitting around watching bowl games all day yesterday, did you?

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