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Wednesday Bird Droppings

Gold Gloves, Buck for Manager of the Year, scouting a couple of Cuban stars, and more in today's edition of Bird Droppings!

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O's tie for MLB lead with three Gold Glove winners |
Congrats to our three beloved Birds.

Showalter up for AL Manager of the Year |

The Giants may win a World Series every even-numbered year, so Buck ought to at least win Manager of the Year every year ending in a 4.

School of Roch: This, that and the other

Bring me one (or both!) of Yoan Moncada and Yasmany Tomas!

Sources: Nelson Cruz, a big bargain in 2014, is seeking four-year deal -
And I'm seeking a date with Lily from the AT&T commercials. Neither of us is going to get what we want though.

Baseball Prospectus | Pebble Hunting: Nelson Cruz is Same, Different

Subscriber article thoroughly breaking down all the angles of Cruz's free agency case.

Is Schoop the answer for Orioles at second? | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore

Yes. I heartily believe that patience here will be amply rewarded.

Interesting Free Agent Comparison #1 | FanGraphs Baseball

Aoki vs. Markakis

Which MLB fans have dealt with the most pain? | : Will Leitch Article
Where do you think Birdland ranks?

Happy birthday, Javy(licious) Lopez. On this date in 1958, the O's shook things up by moving then G.M. Paul Richards to Manager and hiring Lee MacPhail (Andy's papa) as new G.M. In 1976, Jim Palmer would earn his 3rd Cy Young Award. There was another shakeup in 1997, as newly minted Manger of the Year Davey Johnson abruptly resigns as Manager after butting heads with owner Peter Angelos over the handling of a fine that Roberto Alomar paid.