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Wednesday Bird Droppings

The O's sign someone! Hitting coach search news. How might Rasmus replace Cruz? And more in today's edition of Bird Droppings.

Birthday boy, 'Disco' Stu Pomeranz
Birthday boy, 'Disco' Stu Pomeranz
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Big trade talks afoot betwixt the Rays and Padres last night seems to have grown into a possible three team deal including the Mariners, and possibly even a 4 team deal including Atlanta as well. Dios mios. The O's...they signed some minor leaguers and another lefty 'pen arm. The Duq' seems content to wait for the acquisition musical chairs to settle down and snag whatever player is left sans seat. That player will not be Michael Morse, as he signed on with the Marlins. But Colby Rasmus and Nori Aoki remain available. Time will tell...

School of Roch: Orioles reach agreement with Wesley Wright
Seems the Brian Matusz era will be coming to a close here soon.

Camden Depot: Can Colby Rasmus Be the New Nelson Cruz?
With his defensive ability, he could possibly be more valuable than Cruz was in '14.

Charlie Manuel might become the Orioles hitting coach after all | HardballTalk
If this happens I must demand that Jim Thome join the O's coaching staff in some capacity as well.

Is There A Case for Scherzer? - Baltimore Sports and Life
Purely in terms of performance? Uh...yeah. But there's bigger issues than that.

Today is the birthdate of former O's Stu Pomeranz, Alex Cintron, and Jerry Adair. This date in O's transaction history: in '95 the O's traded with Atlanta for Kent Mercker. 1 year ago today the O's announced reaching an agreement with Grant Balfour, pending a physical.