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December 1 already? This year has flown by...sort of alarming, but it puts us that much closer to 2015 baseball. The non-tender is deadine is tomorrow night.

Steve Melewski: Talking velocity with Mike Wright and a quick take on the Josh Donaldson deal
Steve-o talks craft with Mike Wright.

Non-Tender Candidate: Alejandro De Aza – MLB Trade Rumors Retaining he services of De Aza still makes a lot of sense to me, but...not my money.

Despite Jays' moves, O's still on top in AL East rankings | orioles.com
"The king stay the king."

Some 2014 playoff teams have glaring weaknesses - CBSSports.com
What will the O's end up doing for a DH?

Camden Depot: Are the Orioles a Fit for Matt Kemp? Even trading bad contracts, is it worth it?

Today has historically been a big day for O's transactions. In 1954, the O's engaged in a 17 player trade with the Yankees. Of note heading North were Don Larsen and "Bullet" Bob Turley while the Birds acquired Gus Triandos. In 1970, the O's made a trade with the Padres to acquire Pat Dobson. Tom Phoebus went the other way. In 1998, reigning Gold Glove catcher Charles Johnson was acquired for the low, low price of one Armando Benitez. December 1, 1998 also saw Rafael Palmeiro leave Baltimore for less money in Texas and Albert Belle arrive on a huge five year deal. Of slightly lesser import was the December 1, 2012 deal that brought Taylor Teagarden to Baltimore. The Orioles sent minor leaguers Randy Henry and Greg Miclat to Arlington. I'd also like to mention that on this day in 1956, two future O's and future Hall of Famers were named Rookie of the Year: Luis Aparicio and Frank Robinson.

It's the birthday of former backup catcher Jeff Tackett.