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Wednesday Bird Droppings: 2016 winds down

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There are just a few days left in 2016, and they are days during with the Orioles will probably not do anything.

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Hello again, Camden Chatters. Welcome to another slow news day in Birdland. The news is so slow, in fact, that when I did a search on Google News for the Orioles, the second search result was yesterday's Bird Droppings.

Maybe this will be the day that the Orioles do something! Hopefully it's not signing Mark Trumbo.

Chris Davis: "I think there's definitely a sense of urgency" - School of Roch
The fact that everyone's becoming a free agent soon except for him isn't lost on Chris Davis.

Baltimore Orioles: Why They Should Extend Chris Tillman | FOX Sports
Because he's been pretty good and the Orioles need that is the obvious answer. This writer suggests a four-year, $70 million contract. Do you think that's fair?

AL East -- path to the playoffs for every team | ESPN
This is an Insider article, so sorry about that if you're not a subscriber. It seems pretty early to be talking about the 2017 postseason.

What's Next For Adam Jones? - Camden Depot
It's not shocking to suggest that Adam Jones' best days are behind him. Matt Kremnitzer looks at what we should expect from Jones going forward, including his future with the Orioles.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have four Orioles birthday buddies, with just one who stayed with the team for more than a year. That would be the large-headed B.J. Ryan, who spent seven seasons with the Birds during the dark years. His final season he became the team's closer and turned that into a big free agent contract with the Blue Jays, where he didn't live up to the hype. Also born today are former short timers Bill Hall, Ray Knight, and Aurelio Rodriguez.

Baseball Reference notes that it was on this day in 2005 that the Orioles signed Jeromy Burnitz to a two-year, $12 million contract, but that's not entirely true. Burnitz, who was 37 years old, never took the physical because he didn't like the "harsh, intimidating language" in the contract regarding the team physical. Instead Burnitz signed a one-year, $6M contract with the Pirates that included an option for for a second. The Orioles ended up on the right side of history as Burnitz was injured and bad in 2006, his last season in the majors.