The Winter Meetings are but a memory, but the Hot Stove, does it really ever cool down?
“So much for the narrative that no contending team would make a pick in the Rule 5 draft. There were 18 players selected yesterday and picks were made by Boston, Toronto, Cleveland, Texas and Detroit. Add in the Orioles’ two selections and all five teams that made the American League playoffs in October made Rule 5 selections on Thursday.”
“According to industry sources, the Orioles have had continued negotiations with Castillo’s representatives since the winter meetings ended Thursday in Washington D.C., and there is optimism that a multi-year deal could get done. But it is still firmly in the discussion phase.”
“A "bombshell was tossed into baseball circles" 51 years ago on Friday, when a future Hall of Famer and all-time Reds great was traded to the Baltimore Orioles.”
With Matt Wieters likely out the door as the current jewel of the catching free-agent market, the Orioles are pursuing a catcher who they can pair with Caleb Joseph until top prospect Chance Sisco is ready to be a major league catcher
“Baltimore's general manager Dan Duquette recently told a Toronto radio station that his team wouldn't be signing Bautista. The reason has little to do with Bautista's baseball skills.”
Brach is eligible for arbitration for the second time in his career this offseason. He made $1.25 million this year and is scheduled to be a free agent in 2019.
“Unlike 2014 Hall of Fame honorees Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine or 2015 honoree Randy Johnson, Mike Mussina didn't reach 300 wins in his career. Nor did he ever win a Cy Young award, in part because a teammate practically stole one out of his hands thanks to superior run support. As well as he pitched in October, his teams never won a World Series, because even the best relievers sometimes falter, to say nothing of what happens to the rest of them.”
Birthdays and History
Happy Birthday to former Orioles Pedro Florimon and Luis Polonia. They share today with famous people like Poet John Milton 1608; actor Kirk Douglas 1916; Redd Foxx 1922; actor/writer Buck Henry 1930; actor Judi Dench 1934; NFL Hall of Famer Dick Butkus 1942; actor John Malkovich 1953; singer Donny Osmond 1957; drummer Tre Cool (Green Day) 1972; actor Simon Helberg 1980.
On this day in Baltimore baseball history... not much happened.
On this day in world history...
1803 - The 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress. With the amendment Electors were directed to vote for a President and for a Vice-President rather than for two choices for President.
1926 - The United States Golf Association legalized the use of steel-shafted golf clubs.
1914 - The Edison Phonograph Works was destroyed by fire.
1960 - Sperry Rand Corporation unveiled a new computer known as "Univac 1107."
1990 - Lech Walesa won Poland's first direct presidential election in the country's history.
1993 - At Princeton University in New Jersey, scientists produced a controlled fusion reaction equivalent to 3 million watts.
2013 - AMR Corporation and US Airways Group completed a merger and was listed on the NASDAQ as American Airlines Group, Inc.
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