Thursday Bird Droppings

Patrick Smith

Pretty good batch of links considering the time of year. Enjoy!

There is just one division series remaining, A's vs. Tigers tonight. I'm rooting for A's, but whoever wins is who I'll be rooting for in the next round and beyond. Although if it's the Tigers I probably won't pay much attention.

Surprise notches second win behind Michael Ohlman's blast | orioles.com
Catching prospect Michael Ohlman homered and pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez pitched three innings, giving up two runs on three hits.

Examining the Baltimore Orioles Minor League Free Agents | Orioles 101
A list of the minor league free agents for the Orioles. None of them are players that would break the organization if they go elsewhere. Reaching free agency in the minors isn't exactly a world class achievement.

Adam Jones doesn’t think O’s players could benefit from more rest | Eutaw Street Report
The Baltimore Orioles had more players play 140+ and 150+ games than any other team in the major leagues in 2013. Should they rest more next year?

Orioles Believe Morse Injury 'Pre-Dated' Seattle Trade | RealGM Baseball
Pretty sneaky, Seattle.

2014 is key to Markakis' Orioles future | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
Rich Dubroff breaks down Nick Marakakis' 2013 slump. Nick is one of the bigger mysteries on the team, frankly. He was playing well in 2012 when he wasn't injured, so I'm clinging to the hope that he isn't fully healed yet.

Orioles Offseason Questions: What To Do With Miguel Gonzalez? | Orioles Uncensored
This writer suggests that Miguel Gonzalez's future role with the team should be reliever/spot starter. That shouldn't happen until they get five starting pitchers better him, which doesn't seem likely for 2014.

Is The O's Next Second Baseman a Free Agent This Offseason? | Baltimore Sports and Life
Taking a look at the second base options in free agency, the O's solution at second base might come in the form of Alexander Guerrero from Cuba.

Today is the birthday of two old timey Orioles, Saul Rogovin and Gordie Sundin.

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