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Good morning, folks. If your Thanksgiving was anything like mine, I'm sure you understand my sluggishness this morning. Good grief. The offseason marches on with the next milestone being Tuesday's midnight non-tender deadline. Riveting stuff.

What are your plans today? Work? Shopping? Rest? Taking in a gripping rivalry week college football matchup?

Cubs reliever Pedro Strop involved in multi-car accident | CSN Chicago Rough offseason for Dominican ballplayers.

Orioles thoughts and observations on hitting coach vacancy, Davis rumors and more - Baltimore Sun Eddie Encina delves a little deeper into Jeff Manto's brief track record.

Steve Melewski: Is Kyle Seager's new contract a glimpse at a possible future deal for Manny Machado?
Steve-o presents his case. The offensive numbers are surprisingly similar, and Seager is slick at 3rd, but he's no Manny...but, then, he's also played no fewer than 155 games in each of his full, major league seasons.

Camden Depot: Three Under the Radar Free Agents the Orioles Should Pursue What's old is new...

Is Melky Cabrera for You? | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball
I'll take the crab juice...

Orioles Must Have Aggressive Winter to Keep Hard-Won A.L. East Supremacy | Bleacher Report
Always attack!

O's Werner thankful for support during cancer battle | Months after losing P.R. DIrector Monica Barlow to cancer, the Birds are rallying around catching instructor Donn Werner.

On this day in 1973, Al Bumbry was named AL Rookie of the Tear. In 1978, the O's completed the signing of RHP Steve Stone, who would go on to win 40 of his 85 starts for the O's and also the 1980 Cy Young Award. Good bit of business there. On the other side of the ledger, the O's lost standout reliever B.J. Ryan to the Blue Jays on this day in 2005. The 5 year $47 million contract was the largest ever given to a reliever at the time. Ryan had a great first season in Toronto and ruptured his UCL in the second season of the deal. The O's acquired Danny Valencia from the Red Sox on this day in 2012.

It's the birthday of strength and conditioning coach Joe Hogarty, former bench coach Jeff Datz and Jim Fuller.