Sunday Bird Droppings

Lou Could Hit, but fielding? Not so much. - Jeff Zelevansky

The O's won't be getting Gavin Floyd and the Yankees won't be getting Brian Roberts for Christmas, and I'm not sure if I can deal with whose birthday it is today.

Orioles pursuing A.J. Burnett - CBSSports.com
A.J. Burnett remains the Orioles' primary target for a starting pitcher. He turns 37 in January and is still deciding if he wants to pitch. But that's the guy Dan Duquette has decided he simply must pursue. Okey dokey...

Orioles fans hope this isn't a finished product | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
Rick Dubroff breaks out a "Confederate money" reference. It's been that kind of week.

School of Roch: Checking on Flaherty
Ryan Flaherty is putting in the kind of off-season work you wish more players would. .

Braves close to finalizing deal with free-agent pitcher Gavin Floyd | www.ajc.com
Gavin Floyd will not be pitching for Baltimore next year, unless the O's trade for him.

Yankees can still spend way back into contention | New York Post
There's a lot of words in this story, but the TL;DR version is, they won't be signing Brian Roberts to fill their 2B hole.

Orioles and Saraperos go to the final major league
At least there's an Orioles team somewhere that went to the playoffs this year. And Google Translate is a hoot: "It lousy fielding Alberto Rodriguez in the center, opened the door for rallie that made the difference, with Oscar Lemus in the first Cristian Marmolejo connecting line through the center which Alberto Rodriguez made him a lousy fielding that cost the first entry, thereupon wrong again fielding Carlos Martinez in right field to score Marmolejo was the second race of unstoppable Julio Reyes made the game 3-1"

Orioles executive vice president to be keynote at Hot Stove | The Daily Times | delmarvanow.com
Baltimore Orioles Executive Vice President Dan Duquette will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Hot Stove Banquet on Jan. 30, the Delmarva Shorebirds announced Saturday. That's right, Honey Badger GM is coming to MY town!

On this date in Orioles history,  "1962 - The San Francisco Giants trade pitchers Stu Miller and Mike McCormick, along with C Johnny Orsino, to Baltimore for pitchers Jack Fisher and Billy Hoeft, and C Jim Coker."

And I'm not sure if I can deal with Lou Montanez's birthday, but Rick Helling and Eddie Robinson deserve well wishes as well. As does the best wife a man could ask for. Happy Birthday, darlin'!

Consider this your NFL Open Thread.

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