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Wednesday Bird Droppings

Free agent bargains are getting snatched up with the quickness, the O's get tapped for a national TV game on May 30th, and general off-season speculation

Greg Fiume

Houston Astros to host 2014 Civil Rights Game | News
Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that the Astros will play host to the 2014 Civil Rights Game, scheduled for May 30 against the Orioles at Minute Maid Park.

School of Roch: Britton: "Next year is important for me, and not just because I'm out of options"
Will 2014 be the last stand for this cavalry member?

Orioles monitoring rehab of free agent Gavin Floyd | HardballTalk
Just sign him. Have to imagine his demands aren't exactly sky high at the moment. Don't let another club scoop him up on the cheap.

Here are five Orioles in need of a better 2014 | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
Res Ipsa Loquitur

One deal for every AL team - ESPN
Methinks Jimbo is juuuuuuuust a smidge light on what free agent contracts are going to look like. But hey, if Matt Garza can be had for 4/$60 I'm 'bout it, 'bout it.

Leaderboarding: Best and worst RBI percentages -

An O on each list here.

Players Eligible for the Rule 5 Draft in 2013-2014

Know your current baby Birds who could be snatched from the nest if not given 40 man roster protection. If it were up to me I'd have to consider Brian Ward, Eddie Gamboa, and Clay Schrader as the most valuable likely targets of other clubs. And each could serve a role for the O's come next season.

Steve Melewski: Noting a few Orioles scouting staff changes
Losing a national cross-checker is a tad significant.

Adam Jones is Boring, And That’s Fine, Right? | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

Examining Dr. Jones from a fantasy baseball perspective.

MLB Survey: Getting answers to your questions -

Peter Gammons wants to know which is your favorite baseball research site. plops.

A Win, a Loss (ad infinitum) | Value Over Replacement Grit

Not Oriole related at all, but more fascinating work from VORG.

Source: David Murphy leaves Texas Rangers for Cleveland Indians | Dallas Morning News

Would have been a decent LF option. Another buy low opportunity missed by the Warehouse. Also of note: Josh Johnson signs a 1/$8m deal with the Padres.

On this date last year we bid adieu to Bobby Andino, who was sent to Seattle in exchange for Trayvon Robinson.