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Thursday Bird Droppings: Where you can't call it a comeback

Rafael Palmeiro claimed he could make a comeback even today. Well, if you say so, Raffy. In today's links, the top ten Orioles prospects, a Rule 5 reminder, and more.

Baltimore Orioles vs Kansas City Royals -  May 19, 2005 Photo by G. N. Lowrance/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

There are now 110 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2018. I don't know what in the baseball world might entertain us today, but I do know that one week from now, Dan Duquette will entertain us, so to speak, by participating in the Rule 5 draft, so we can all look forward to that.

That may have been a bit of sarcasm just there. Things are starting to pick up, though, now that Shohei Ohtani has narrowed down his list of teams and apparently the same is true for the Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton on figuring out acceptable trade partners.

Teams are out there signing relatively cheap starting pitchers! You'd think that would be good news for the Orioles, who need cheap starting pitchers, but they have been nowhere to be found as these signings have taken place. There are still plenty of pitchers out there on the market, but many of them will be bad, and there aren't so many that they can be too cavalier about waiting to address their need.

Another thing that happened on Wednesday is that the Twins traded a bunch of international signing bonus money and acquired the player the Angels picked in the third round this year, and the player the Mariners grabbed in the fifth round.

Doesn't it just figure that now that the international bonus money is worth something, in order to facilitate a better offer in the second round of the Ohtani chase, the Orioles long since traded away their own money for players who never mattered? Sometimes, the greatest failure is one of imagination.

Around the blogO'sphere

A pitcher you haven't heard of got $15.5 million - Tillman and others should rejoice (Baltimore Baseball)
Early starting pitching signings Miles Mikolas and Mike Minor have exceeded their predicted contracts - which is probably bad news for anyone who wants the O’s rotation to improve.

2018 Baltimore Orioles Top 10 Prospects (Baseball America)
Baseball America’s Jon Meoli chimes in with the top ten Orioles prospects, including, for some reason, Chris Lee at #10 even though he’s 25 and just posted a 5.11 ERA while failing his way out of the Norfolk rotation.

Five takeaways from Baseball America's list of Orioles top 10 prospects (Baltimore Sun)
Here’s The Baltimore Sun’s Jon Meoli with some additional thoughts on the top ten Orioles prospects list written by Baseball America’s Jon Meoli. He does not explain the Lee selection.

Rafael Palmeiro, 53, wants to make it back to MLB (ESPN)
WTF?

Never rule out Orioles' selections in Rule 5 draft (School of Roch)
Surely even Dan Duquette wouldn’t be crazy enough to make two Rule 5 picks when the team is already still having to carry last year’s Rule 5 pick... would he?

Another Oriole facing an uncertain future (Steve Melewski)
Adam Jones is my favorite current Oriole and it’s sad to think next season could be his last in Baltimore. But it’s sadder to think about if the next Jones contract becomes the next Mark Trumbo contract.

ESPN butchered this amazing Devil Rays-Orioles game from 2003. Typical (DRaysBay)
In case you ever wondered how other SB Nation blogs handle nothing happening...

Birthdays and anniversaries

In 1977, the Orioles made a trade with the Expos that sent three players, including Rudy May, to Montreal for the future "Full Pack" Stanhouse and future platoon champion Gary Roenicke.

There are two former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 1972-74 outfielder Rich Coggins, and 1955-56 catcher Hal Smith. Today is Smith's 87th birthday, so an extra happy birthday to him.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: Cell theory developer Theodor Schwann (1810), novelist Willa Cather (1873), linguist Noam Chomsky (1928), baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench (1947), singer-songwriter Tom Waits (1949), and singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (1979).

On this day in history...

In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the new Constitution.

In 1869, the outlaw Jesse James committed the first of his confirmed bank robberies, knocking off a bank in Gallatin, Missouri.

In 1941, Japan launched its surprise assault on the American forces at Pearl Harbor, killing 2,403 Americans.

In 1972, the last of the Apollo moon missions, Apollo 17, launched.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on December 7 - or at least, unless something happens later... like if Palmeiro really tries that comeback. No, I didn't type that with a straight face. Have a safe Thursday.