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MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays
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It’s Winter Meetings Eve, which means lots of writers are checking if they get to keep their frequent flyer miles on their corporate credit cards...

Heading to the Winter Meetings -

It’s a good year to be a free agent catcher.

Could Adam Walker be a platoon option in left field? -

I doubt Steve Melewski would write this article if he thought the answer was a definitive “no.”

4 questions about the Orioles entering winter meetings - The Sun

When the fourth question listed is “Will the Orioles be active in Thursday's Rule 5 draft?” you know they saved the easiest one for last. OF COURSE they will.


It does mention Jose Bautista as a potential free agent target, so maybe don’t put too much credence in this one.

Adam Jones didn't like Orioles farewell gift to David Ortiz - Yahoo! Sports

“I didn’t really like that either,” Adam Jones admitted to the gathered media on Friday. “I think we could have done a little bit more. When I got to him he had choice words.”

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Stan Jefferson and Lee Smith. They share today with famous people like game show host Wink Martindale 1934; actor Max Baer Jr. 1937; John Cale 1940; actor Jeff Bridges 1949; actress Marisa Tomei 1964; rapper Jay Z; and model Tyra Banks.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1963: Cleveland trades OF Willie Kirkland to the Orioles for OF Al Smith and an estimated $25,000.

1968 - Houston swaps P Mike Cuellar and infielders Elijah Johnson and Enzo Hernandez to the Orioles for outfielders Curt Blefary and John Mason. Cuellar, 8-11 this past season, will average 20 wins a year for five years in Baltimore. This ranks as one of the best trades in Oriole history, along with the one which brought in Frank Robinson.

1974 - In a dismal trade for Montreal, the Expos send OF Ken Singleton and P Mike Torrez to the Orioles for P Dave McNally, OF Rich Coggins, and minor league pitcher Bill Kirkpatrick. McNally and Coggins will be gone before the end of June, while Kirkpatrick will never reach the majors; meanwhile, Torrez and Singleton will both be top-notch players for another decade.

1988 - The Orioles trade veteran 1B Eddie Murray to the Dodgers for pitchers Ken Howell and Brian Holton and infield prospect Juan Bell.

Today in world history...

1783 - Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.

1791 - Britain's Observer newspaper was first published.

1812 - Peter Gaillard patented the power mower.

1943 - Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis announced that any club was free to employ black players.

1945 - The U.S. Senate approved American participation in the United Nations.

1991 - Pan American World Airways ceased operations.

Consider this your discussion space for Womens’ College Basketball: Baylor at Tennessee