Would you look at this? An honest to goodness bird droppings open thread. I promise next week after my mini-vacay is over we'll get back into the rhythm with the open threads as well as some other good (I hope) content :-) -Stacey
What's Wiggy's role?
Roch ponders how Ty Wigginton fits in now that Garrett Atkins has been signed. -Stacey
Facebook | Greg Miclat (#5 shorebirds)
C'mon, go click Become A Fan. You know you want to. -duck
The O’s Enviable Outfield Logjam | FanGraphs Baseball
I linked to this in the comments yesterday but think it's worth a mention here as well. The O's are in good shape, outfield-wise (as if we didn't already know). -Stacey
Pondering the Offense
"Here's a question that could well produce a variety of opinions. Is the Orioles offense better now than it was last season?" Steve Melewski makes a case that just by the younger players going through normal development curves, it could be. -duck
Zimmerman Hosts New Year's Bash
Not O's related, but sounds fun. I do love Ryan Zimmerman and Chris Cooley. -Stacey
How AL teams have addressed needs
Tracy Ringolsby at Fox Sports gives an update on the AL moves to date. -Stacey
In hot stove news, the Mets finally got their man, signing Jason Bay to a four year contract, Bob Howry is going to the Diamondbacks, the A's re-signed Justin Duchscherer, Mark DeRosa (the most talked about guy that I just don't get) signed with the Giants, and the Nats added Eric Bruntlett.
"Is it being prepared to do the right thing, whatever the cost? Isn't that what makes a man?"
"Hmmm... Sure, that and a pair of Open Threads"