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Options are being exercised and declined, NPB and KBO players are being posted and today is the deadline for extending qualifying offers. As has been previously reported, the Orioles are expected to make said offers to Matt Wieters, Wei-Yin Chen and Chris Davis. The Boras Three are expected to decline. Free agency kicks off tomorrow, GM Meetings are next week and there's now been a six player trade executed by a division rival. This is the offseason. The die has been cast!

The 2015 American League Gold Gloves, by the Numbers | FanGraphs Baseball
Fangraphs likes Manny Machado to stay gold.

Newsflash: It's not always about starting pitching - Carroll County Times Dan Connolly on the many ways to skin a cat.

The Choice to Re-sign Chris Davis Is Not a Choice - Baltimore Sports and Life Insane? Sane in a crazy world?

Four Things to Know About the Late Norm Siebern's Time With the Baltimore Orioles | Roar From 34 A brief tribute to the recently departed.

Yastrzemski learning in the AFL | orioles.com (Video)
MiLB's prospect guru chats with Lil Yaz.

On this day in 2011, the O's agreed to terms with Dan Duquette.

It's the birthday of  Deivi Cruz. The less said about his tenure in the black and orange, the better. Utility guy Leo Hernandez, who earned a ring as a member of the 1983 Champs, celebrates a birthday today. Former farmhand Robbie Widlansky and Marylander Justin Maxwell also celebrate birthdays today.