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Tuesday Bird Droppings

Qualifying offers have been extended and free agency is now open. Let's go shoppin'!

who says the O's need a 2Bman?!
who says the O's need a 2Bman?!
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SB Nation Winter Meetings Simulation Open Thread - Royals Review
The annual Winter Meetings sim is live over at Royals Review. Not much action from the O's on day 1. Follow along with the transactions and rumor mill here.

Can the Orioles afford to sign Wieters and Davis? | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore

The short answer is 'Yes'. The question is: do they want to?

School of Roch: Orioles add Chris Jones to 40-man roster

Make that 4 LOOGYs on the 40 man now. Prediction: at least one of Matusz or Patton will not be wearing 'Baltimore' across their chest come next season.

Chris Davis loses Player Choice awards to Cabrera -

Not a surprise there. Miggy is the best hitter in baseball.

Astros, Orioles focus on pitching development with new hires -

Nice to hear a member of the organization from which you just hired a coach complain of a terrible loss.

Colabello among Trautman winners | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

3 O's win Player of the Year awards in their respective leagues! Most of any club in baseball. Caleb Joseph (Eastern), Michael Ohlman (Carolina), and Trey Mancini (New York-Penn). Congrats to each of them!

Swings at Ball Four: the Year in Brief Review | FanGraphs Baseball

2nd place for Adam. #StayHungry

Taking the close pitch with two strikes

The 'ole 'eye test' would tell me the O's should feature prominently in this article.

Introducing the Interactive Spray Chart Tool | FanGraphs Baseball

Here, play with this.

Tortured Franchise Rankings: 2013 MLB Edition. | : Will Leitch Article

Keep on the sunny side. Always on the sunny side. Keep on the sunny side of life, O's fans. It'll get better.

On this date in 1958 the Orioles association with the Clan MacPhail commenced with the hiring of Lee MacPhail as GM. In 1976 Jim Palmer won his 3rd and final Cy Young award. In 1997, darkness descended upon Birdland as Davey Johnson resigns the same day he is named AL Manager of the Year. Happy 43rd birthday to Javy 'licious' Lopez!