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I wonder if Zach Britton high-fived everyone around him when he settled his contract with the Orioles. He should have.
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As we peer to the end of the tunnel of winter and see the daylight that is Spring Training get closer and closer, we find the Orioles have settled on salaries for most of their young core of All-Stars, while Kevin Gausman, Brad Brach and Caleb Joseph will get to hear what the club really thinks of them in an arbitration hearing. Onto the news...

Dan Duquette hoping to avoid drama with Orioles' arbitration-eligible stars - The Sun

Looks like Honey Badger GM’s “file and trial” strategy worked for the most part, with Manny Machado, Chris Tillman, Jon Schoop and Zach Britton agreeing on rather healthy increases to their salaries without a hearing.

Mark Trumbo: O's actually offered Trumbo 3 years, $40M - RotoWorld

Peter Gammons cites Trumbo saying the O’s did offer a 3 year deal for $40 million. I’m probably wrong on this, but as long as he’s never allowed to bring a glove that isn’t a first baseman’s mitt to the clubhouse, I’d kinda be OK with this.

MLB Rankings: Very Early 2017 American League Rankings - FoxSports

Yup, they’re very early, alright. I could tell you where they put the O’s, but then I’d h8 myself for the spoiler.

Chi-H's Schimmel, Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee's Burzynski win titles at Chi-Hi wrestling invite - The Chippewa Hearld

It is the editorial policy of this blog to celebrate the success of all teams named Orioles, and the Orioles of Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee High School finished fourth in their conference wrestling tournament, with one weight class champion.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Delino DeShields and Bobby Grich. They saher this birthday with famous people including French playwright and philosopher Jean Baptiste Moliere 1622; Benefactor of NHL's Stanely Cup Frederick Arthur Stanley 1841; Father of the hydrogen bomb, physicist Edward Teller 1908; drummer and band leader Gene Krupa 1909; actor Lloyd Bridges 1913; civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929; Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant 1949; actor Mario Van Peebles 1957; Cult Jam singer Lisa Lisa 1967; actress Regina King 1971, and sunglasses enthusiast rapper Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez) 1981.

On this date in Baltimore baseball history... not much happened, actually.

On this date in world history...

1559 - England's Queen Elizabeth I (Elizabeth Tudor) was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

1844 - The University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.

1870 - A cartoon by Thomas Nast titled "A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion" appeared in "Harper's Weekly." The cartoon used the donkey to symbolize the Democratic Party for the first time.

1892 - "Triangle" magazine in Springfield, MA, published the rules for a brand new game. The original rules involved attaching a peach baskets to a suspended board. It is now known as basketball.

1908 - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America's first Greek-letter organization established by African-American college women.

1943 - The Pentagon was dedicated as the world's largest office building just outside Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA. The structure covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors.

1953 - Harry S Truman became the first U.S. President to use radio and television to give his farewell as he left office.

1967 - The first National Football League Super Bowl was played. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League. The final score was 35-10.

1973 - U.S. President Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam. He cited progress in peace negotiations as the reason.

1974 - "Happy Days" premiered on ABC-TV.

1986 - President Reagan signed legislation making Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a national holiday to be celebrated on the third Monday of January.

Consider this your discussion space for CUWiP. I hear there’s some cool stuff being presented this morning.