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Monday Bird Droppings: Where another week of Machado trade watch begins

There was a weekend reprieve from the Manny Machado trade watch, but the Orioles will be back to it now. In today’s links, the untouchable O’s, the next trade, and more.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 99 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2018. You take one down, pass it around... no, wait, that’s something else. We’ve gotten to double digits, though, which would be a lot more exciting if it wasn’t for the continuing failure to address the starting rotation problem leading to the inevitable conclusion that the Orioles kind of have to trade away their best player.

We were so much more innocent this time only one week ago. The Manny Machado trade discussions had not yet begun, or at least they hadn’t yet been reported. We could try to talk ourselves into believing something good for next season. As it so often does, a week makes all the difference.

The weekend was quiet on that front, as had been predicted by the Orioles beat writers. It seems that the O’s wanted the weekend to weigh the offers, or perhaps to convince owner Peter Angelos of the necessity of trading Machado to whatever team makes the best offer. That weekend is over now, and so we must brace ourselves for things to go farther.

Perhaps, like it or not, today will be the day something happens, or at least the day that a significant rumor floats to the surface to clarify the whole situation more than it is right now.

Around the blogO’sphere

Random rumblings, rumors, and thoughts (School of Roch)
In which another team’s executive says the Orioles untouchables in trades include Jonathan Schoop, Mychal Givens, and Trey Mancini. Well, OK.

If Machado is dealt, should O’s continue dealing? (Steve Melewski)
This is one of those questions where there’s only one acceptable answer, but that doesn’t make it a fun answer.

5 MLB clubs that have improved in the offseason (MLB.com)
The Orioles are somehow on this list. LOL

Wieters improves diet, still wants to play 130 games (MASN Nationals)
Things that it might have been nice if he would have thought about before accepting the Orioles qualifying offer for the 2016 season.

Birthdays and anniversaries

One lone former Oriole has a birthday today. That would be 2011 reliever Jeremy Accardo, whose stats as an Oriole I will not quote on account of it being his birthday.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: Methodist hymn writer Charles Wesley (1707), future assassination victim Franz Ferdinand (1863), baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb (1886), memoir-writing WWII marine Robert Leckie (1920), Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards (1943), movie man Steven Spielberg (1946), actor Brad Pitt (1963), wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin (1964), rapper DMX (1970), actress Katie Holmes (1978), and singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera (1980).

On this day in history...

In 218 BC, Hannibal’s Carthaginians defeated the Roman Republic in the Battle of the Trebia, in modern-day Italy, the first major conflict in the Second Punic War.

In 1271 AD, Kublai Khan proclaimed his empire to be the Yuan Dynasty, kicking off about a century of Chinese history where the emperors were Mongols.

In 1892, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker had its premiere performance in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In 1916, in what we now call World War I, the Battle of Verdun, which had been waged for nearly ten months, came to an end after French counterattacks dislodged the Germans from their initial gains. Between both sides, about 300,000 men were killed in the battle.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on December 18 - or at least, unless something happens later. Now that the weekend is over and Christmas approaches, perhaps something will happen! Have a safe Monday.