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The Winter Meetings approach, and so do lots of articles about them.

T. J. McFarland
T. J. McFarland
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The new CBA and how it could impact the Orioles - Steve Melewski
Steve has thoughts on the 10-day DL, the new rules concerning draft picks and losing free agents, and the luxury tax as they all pertain to the Orioles.

More from Showalter and another look at new labor agreement - School of Roch
"The 10-day disabled list meets with his approval. "I like that," he said. "We can wait and see who tries to take advantage of some of the loopholes. We would never do that." That man does sarcasm really, really well.

Some questions and answers as major league teams head into Winter Meetings - Mel Antonen
"The Orioles want to upgrade their outfield defense, so how will their corner outfield spots look like next spring? They might snag a catcher if the price is right, and the meetings will tell us a lot about the market for Mark Trumbo and whether he says or goes from Baltimore."

Looking at 10 free agent targets that could fit for the Orioles -
Alas, Dan Connolly has fallen to the allure of the clickbait slideshow format. You've been warned.

Amid hopes for an even stronger bullpen in 2017, Orioles can't just stock it with young starters - Baltimore Sun
"Last year, the Orioles had 15 relief appearances of three innings or longer with one run or less allowed. Vance Worley had six of them, with Tyler Wilson next in line with three."

Orioles claim outfielder Adam Walker off waivers from Brewers - Baltimore Sun
The Orioles acquired outfielder Adam Walker off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers.

Orioles Non-Tender Pitcher Vance Worley | WBAL Radio 1090 AM
You should read Mark's review of Worley's Orioles career and the team's options going forward.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Chico Salmon and Clay Dalrymple. They share today's birthday with famous people including Union General George McClellan 1826; author Joseph Conrad 1857; NASCAR Winston Cup driver Bobby Allison 1937; musician John Cale (Velvet Underground) 1940; singer Ozzy Osbourne 1948; 4X Indianapolis 500 Champion Rick Mears 1953; actress Daryl Hannah 1960; actress Julianne Moore 1960; figure skater Katarina Witt 1965; actress Anna Chlumsky 1980.

Today in Baltimore baseball history...

1901 - At the league meeting, the Milwaukee Brewers franchise is officially dropped from the American League and is replaced by the St. Louis Browns. They would eventually move to Baltimore and become our beloved Orioles.

1974 - The Houston Astros trade 1B Lee May and OF Jay Schlueter to the Baltimore Orioles for infielders Enos Cabell and Rob Andrews.

2014 - The Braves sign free agent OF Nick Markakis to a four-year, $44 million contract. Markakis has spent all of his career with the Baltimore Orioles and will replace recently traded right fielder Jason Heyward in Atlanta.

Today in world history...

1792 - The trial of France's King Louis XVI began. He was eventually put to death for the 33 charges.

1828 - Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States.

1948 - The "Pumpkin Papers" came to public light. The House Un-American Activities Committee announced that former Communist spy Whittaker Chambers had produced microfilm of secret documents hidden inside a pumpkin on his Maryland farm.

1967 - In Cape Town, South Africa, a team of surgeons headed by Dr. Christian Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky. Washkansky only lived 18 days.

1968 - The rules committee of Major League Baseball (MLB) announced that in 1969 the pitcher's mound would be lowered from 15 to 10 inches. This was done in order to "get more batting action."

1982 - Doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center removed the respirator of Barney Clark. The retired dentist had become the world's first recipient of a permanent artificial heart only one day before.

1984 - In Bhopal, India, more than 2,000 people were killed after a cloud of poisonous gas escaped from a pesticide plant. The plant was operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary.

Consider this your discussion space for fond memories of the SAT - today's the last time I will drive one of my children to take it for the first time.