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Saturday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles rotation is still broken

The winter meetings are almost here. The Orioles have a tall hill to climb with the rotation. In today’s links, scouts on the farm, Trumbo looking for a rebound, and more.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

There are now 108 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2018, which also happens to be the number of stars of destiny in the classic Suikoden series of video games. Perhaps the Orioles will find a star who affects their destiny today... but probably not, because this is the Orioles we’re talking about.

The big Shohei Ohtani domino has finally fallen - if that ever was a domino holding up this free agent market to begin with. After all that, he’s going to... the Angels? This is excellent news for Mike Trout. Probably not so good news for the rest of the AL West, or for that matter, possible wild card contenders in the future. Say, do you know anybody who that might apply to?

We’ll have to see if that spurs on any activity between now and the start of the winter meetings on Monday. It would just be so very Orioles to finally plan to have an active winter meetings only to have everyone who matters already sign before they can even get to the meetings. Not that I actually expect the O’s to do anything other than pick a Rule 5 player anyway.

Oh, and it’s still totally possible that Giancarlo Stanton could get traded to the Yankees, as he has communicated that to be one of the four places where he would not veto a trade. That would really not be ideal.

Around the blogO’sphere

As Orioles head to winter meetings, they realize retooling rotation will be a challenge (Baltimore Sun)
Today in unexciting headlines for Orioles fans...

Even after disappointing season, Mark Trumbo’s future with Orioles shouldn’t be in doubt (Baltimore Sun)
There are those who might argue that Trumbo should have no future with the Orioles after this season, but I think they’re going to be disappointed. He still needs to be pied in the face until he apologizes for screwing up the season last September, though.

This, that, and the other (School of Roch)
In this edition of non-descriptive headlines, Roch is writing about how Trey Mancini is going to go work out with Brady Anderson, and about how Drew Smyly could be play for the Orioles for 2019.

One scout’s look at the Orioles farm: Hays, Sisco, Scott, Castro, Mountcastle, and others (Baltimore Baseball)
Warning in advance, it’s a slideshow. Sorry. The scout from yesterday is back. He likes Austin Hays a lot.

Smoltz on the Orioles, Machado talk, and more (Steve Melewski)
Great line: “They find ways to piece it together. Well, that piecing it together eventually has an expiration date.”

O’s Tejada deal made splash at 2003 Winter Meetings (Orioles.com)
When there’s nothing else going on, you might as well recall the 14th anniversary of a signing that was a lot more exciting at the time than it ended up being. I still have the Tejada jersey in my closet that I bought thinking, “It’s a six year contract and the Orioles are about to be good again!”

Birthdays and anniversaries

On this day in 1965, Frank Robinson was traded to the Orioles for three players, including Milt Pappas. The Reds GM proclaimed Robinson to be “an old 30.” This one worked out for the Orioles.

In 2010, the Orioles received J.J. Hardy in a trade with the Twins. I’d say this one worked out, too.

There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2001-03 statue Tony Batista, victim of Rich Garcia’s incompetence Tony Tarasco, former coach/interim manager Juan “The Windmill” Samuel, 1965 five-gamer Darold Knowles, and 1959-60 infielder Billy Klaus.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: poet/philospher John Milton (1608), Pilates developer Joseph Pilates (1883), COBOL designer Grace Hopper (1906), actress Judi Dench (1934), footballer Dick Butkus (1942), actor John Malkovich (1953), Green Day drummer Tre Cool (1972), and gold medalist and famous face-maker McKayla Maroney (1995).

On this day in history...

In 1531, the Virgin of Guadalupe first appeared to Juan Diego in Tepeyac, in what is now Mexico City in Mexico.

In 1688, William of Orange’s forces defeated the Jacobites in the Battle of Reading during the Glorious Revolution, leading to James II’s flight from the country and de facto abdication of the English throne.

In 1872, P.B.S. Pinchback became the governor of Louisiana and thus, the first African-American governor of a state.

In 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted on CBS.

In 1979, the eradication of the smallpox virus was certified - still the only human disease to be eradicated.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on December 9 - or at least, unless something happens later, which with the way things are going over the last few days, it surely will... just probably not for the Orioles. Have a safe Saturday.