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Friday Bird Droppings: The arbitration streak continues

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Peter Angelos associate Russell Smouse is known for his prowess in handling arbitration cases (8-0 per Roch Kubatko), but is not running the show this year. It appears to not have mattered all that much as the O's came out on top in their first hearing of three this season.

Caleb Joseph to make $700,000 after arbitration decision goes in Orioles favor - Baltimore Sun Framing strengths aside, three extra base hit and zero ribeyes didn't help Joseph's case.

Report: Orioles have met with Bourn's agent | theScore.com It seems like this has been a longterm flirtation this offseason. Given the minor league deals getting handed out the last few weeks, hard to imagine what the the hold up is if there's legitimate interest.

The Best and Worst Team Defenses | FanGraphs Baseball
According to Fangraphs, the Orioles weren't terrible last year, but are projected to be a bit better this year.

How Orioles can improve 2017 outfield defense | MLB.com
Trumbo? Trumbo.

Orioles: Grading the Offseason - Baltimore Sports and Life What letter grade would YOU give the front office?

Eight players to watch at this week's Caribbean Series | MLB.com
Dudes, there IS baseball being played right now. As to how much of your life you want to invest in a series where Yuni Betancourt is a plyer to watch, I leave to you.

On this day in 2016, former Orioles Dennis Martinez and Pat Hentgen were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

It's the birthday of Fred Lynn. The former ROY/MVP, gold glover had an injury-riddled tenure in Charm City. Former farmhand Quincy Latimore also celebrates a birthday.