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The Orioles reached agreements for 2017 with their key arbitration eligible players yesterday and can now re-focus on fleshing out their Spring Training roster. Should we be looking at the farm for help? John Sickels sort of pumps the brakes.

Orioles Install Energy-Saving LED Floodlights At Camden Yards " CBS Baltimore
Welcome to the 21st century.

Chris Tillman has shown investment in Orioles. Soon, O's will have to show how much they want to invest in him - Baltimore Sun Encina points out that the O's have done well to keep their key veterans. Will they extend Chris Tillman?

Baltimore Orioles Top 20 prospects for 2017 - Minor League Ball "Catcher Chance Sisco leads an Orioles farm system lacking impact talent but featuring considerable mid-range depth." This is, like, the opposite of recent years. Rough marks for Hunter Harvey and D.J. Stewart.

Garcia trying to stay in the majors in 2017 - School of Roch
...and we wish him well.

Baseball Prospectus | Flu-Like Symptoms: New Year’s Resolutions: Ground-ball Pitchers The ability to induce groundballs is pretty useful.

On this day in 1963 the Orioles traded Hoyt Wilhelm, Ron Hansen and a bunch of other guys for future Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio. On this day in 1993, the Orioles acquired native son Harold Baines for the first time. He would re-unite with the O's five additional times via trade or free agency over the remainder of his career.

Wayne Gross and Danny Boone celebrate birthdays today.