Thursday Bird Droppings

Patrick Smith

Handpicked links, just for you.

Ranking the American League East Shortstops | Yanks Go Yard
This Yankees blog says that J.J. Hardy is the best shortstop in the AL East. I'm glad we agree.

For the Birds | Grantland
A good (but quite long) look at the O's offseason from Jonah Keri.

Baltimore Orioles Should Be More Concerned With Chris Davis Contract Talks | Yahoo Sports
I'm not sure if worrying about if they can sign Chris Davis would do any good. They are obviously trying to get him to extend, but if Davis/Boras wants to hit the free agent market there is only so much they can do.

Prospect Watch: Mike Yastrzemski | Orioles Nation
Learn about Mike Yastrzemski, but don't get your hopes up.

Orioles Can Do Better Than Spend Remaining 17 MM on Free Agents | Camden Depot
If the Orioles are going to spend $17M, Jon Shepherd has some suggestions on how to do so.

"Chris Davis Should Be Traded" | Orioles Uncensored
Apparently Jim Duquette said that the Orioles need to trade Chris Davis since he's just going to leave anyway. Thoughts?

For Troy Patton, 25-game Suspension A Costly Lesson | Press Box Online
He'll never do it again, he promises!

How David Lough Can Improve at the Plate | Baltimore Sports and Life
Just be better, David! How hard can it be?

There are no former Orioles with a birthday today. But it is the birthday of Baltimore's own Babe Ruth, the greatest player in baseball history.

On this day in 2012, Jeremy Guthrie was traded to the Colorado Rockies for Matt Lindstrom and Jason Hammel. Guthrie is now a Royal, Lindstrom a White Sock, and Hammel a Cub.

I will live in Montana. And I will marry a round American woman and raise rabbits, and she will cook them for me. And I will have an open thread... maybe even a "recreational vehicle." And drive from state to state. Do they let you do that?

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