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Saturday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles still haven't started Christmas shopping

You're probably off for Christmas and so is the Orioles front office. In today's links, Brach on Britton, Aquino returns, and doubts that Machado is truly off the block.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

There are now 96 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2018. As the 1996 season turned out rather well for the team, perhaps this will be a positive for us and them as we go about our last-minute Christmas shopping... not that the Orioles have started their Christmas shopping at all.

If we assume that the O's and most of the rest of baseball are shut down for the next few days, perhaps even through New Year's Day, there's not going to be a whole lot of time to get things done. Once 2018 hits, there will only be about a month and a half until it's time for the start of spring training.

In every case except perhaps Nelson Cruz, we hear about how "not getting a normal spring training" has been a damper for these late signings. Maybe that's a load of malarkey and maybe it's not. In case it's not, the Orioles should really have everybody in place before February - which really leaves them about a month to go to make their moves.

What moves can they even make? The pitchers they might have signed have gone elsewhere. The pitchers they won't sign are the ones who are left. Maybe they will surprise us. They might make the kind of ill-advised trade that Dan Duquette has specialized in since the end of the 2014 season. They might sign two or three pitchers who suck and try to tell us they're going to compete next year.

You probably won't miss a whole heck of a lot if you tune out between now and 2018. Stay tuned anyway, though, just in case.

Around the blogO'sphere

For Orioles, different approaches have brought similar results this offseason (Baltimore Sun)
The Orioles have usually done nothing by now. That’s true this year too, though it wasn’t - if you believe them - for lack of trying.

Shopping him or not, I'm not buying that Machado stays off trade block this winter (Baltimore Baseball)
Dan Connolly just doesn’t believe that the Orioles have put the Manny Machado trade matter to bed. He’s not the only one.

Brach on Britton: "I just feel heartbroken for him" (School of Roch)
Earlier this week, Brad Brach and his wife had their first child. He hopes Zach Britton has a speedy recovery. Agreed. And congratulations to the Brachs!

Manny Machado's best defensive plays (Camden Depot)
The Depot hits a highlight reel of GIFs. Manny has been pretty good at defense, you guys.

Orioles re-sign Jayson Aquino, sign three others to minor league deals (Baltimore Sun)
In case you were going to spend any time over your Christmas break worried about whether the Orioles wouldn’t be able to get Jayson Aquino to come back, you don’t have to worry any more.

Birthdays and anniversaries

Of all of the players to ever suit up for the Orioles, just one has a birthday today: a 1967-70 reserve outfielder, the late Dave May, who was, later on in his career, traded for future Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: third-most famous Federalist Papers writer and first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Jay (1745), Mormon church founder Joseph Smith (1805), The Simpsons voice actor Harry Shearer (1943), current Capitals hockey man T.J. Oshie (1986), and Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard (2002).

On this day in history...

In 1688, during England's Glorious Revolution, King James II fled from England to France after being deposed in favor of William of Orange and James's own daughter Mary.

In 1783, with American independence secured, George Washington resigned his position as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army at Maryland's State House in Annapolis.

In 1815, Jane Austen's Emma was first published.

In 1947, at Bell Laboratories, the transistor was first demonstrated.

In 1954, the first successful kidney transplant was performed in Boston. Surgeons J. Hartwell Harrison and Joseph Murray removed a kidney from one twin and transplanted it into the other twin.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on December 23 - or at least, unless something happens later, which if it does, that would be a big surprise. Have a safe Saturday.