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Buck Britton moves on, Manny Machado isn't ruled out as a backup at shortstop, and Marion Barry has passed away. One of these things is not like the others.

Matt Wieters
Matt Wieters
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A few weeks into free agency, another look at the Baltimore Orioles - Baltimore Sun
"The Orioles haven't made any needle-moving signings so far this offseason, and that's not a surprise." Not to anyone who's paid a lick of attention the past three years, no it's not.

Dodgers Sign Buck Britton To Minor League Deal - Lasorda's Lair
"The Dodgers have signed another young (well relatively young) minor leaguer. The club announced on Saturday that they have signed minor league infielder Buck Britton to a minor league deal. The 28-year old is the older brother of Zach Britton, the Baltimore Oriole’s closer."

Orioles sign Rey Navarro to major league contract : Fantasy News
Mark already has this covered in a separate post, but worth noting.

School of Roch: Thoughts on Wieters and Davis
"They're going to play," said manager Buck Showalter. "Who knows what comes at you. You never say never to anything. But I haven't heard of any offers. If we're competitive and everything, I plan on both of those guys being with us next year. And I hope at some point we're able to keep them in the fold. I'd like to keep them." So, as of now, publicly, the Orioles have no plans to trade either Matt Wieters or Chris Davis. As of now. Publicly. Got it.

School of Roch: Machado has green light to move over to shortstop if needed
Manny Machado is our third-string shortstop, in case you were wondering. But don't plan on seeing him there.

Steve Melewski: Second offseason edition: 10 questions for O's fans
"1) Of the Orioles long list of arbitration-eligible players, who is most likely to get non-tendered?" That's not a bad question, actually.

And pour one out for long-time elected leader of Washington D.C., Marion Barry. He passed away last night at the age of 78. (First link maybe NSFW printed language, second link is the WaPo obit)

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Brandon Snyder, Adam Eaton, Ryan McGuire, and Todd Cruz. Nothing of note happened today in Orioles history, which should surprise no one.

Consider this your weekly NFL Open Thread. And to clean ceiling fan blades, hook an old pillowcase over one fan blade at a time and slowly wipe it backward. The blade will be clean and the dust will be trapped inside (instead of in your hair).

No matter how many times you save the Open Thread, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved! You know, for a little bit? I feel like the maid; I just cleaned up this mess! Can we keep it clean for... for ten minutes!