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Wednesday’s Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are approaching the Winter Meetings

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In other news: Sig Mejdal is amazing, DL Hall is a stud and the O’s raised money for the National Federation of the Blind.

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Baltimore Orioles Introduce Mike Elias - News Conference Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Good morning, Birdland!

Ah, the Winter Meetings. It’s really just one big business conference. The only difference is that this isn’t a meet up of marketers or IT folks, or some other mundane gathering that interests very few people outside of those in that actual industry. No, this is professional baseball, and it tends to be one of the sport’s busiest weeks of the entire year.

The whole thing kicks off this weekend in Las Vegas with a job fair. Woooooo! That Hot Stove is boiling. You better be careful, or you might burn yourself!

To be fair, you won’t see anything too crazy on the event’s official itinerary. For some reason, MLB refuses to just write down an event like “Orioles discuss any possible way they can get rid of Chris Davis” for Tuesday between the trade show and the Women in Baseball seminar. It seems the teams would prefer a little discretion.

The real action is happening behind the scenes. Players, agents, and executives are all meeting throughout the week to discuss possible deals or arrangements with one another. There is usually a notable trade or two and a handful of free agents may finally sign on the dotted line. And of course, it all wraps up with the Rule 5 Draft, in which the O’s will be very much involved.

It stinks that the Orioles stink. However, it has made this offseason fairly stress-free so far. There’s no pressure to fight other teams for a marquee free agent. There is no worry that you gave money to the wrong person. The team is bad, and you don’t do much at the major league level for a bad team. Even still, the O’s will almost certainly make a move of some kind before the end of next week. Get hype, Birdland!

Links

After disappointing year, Davis looking forward - MLB.com
Unless I missed it, this is the first story by Joe Trezza, the Orioles new beat reporter for MLB. Britt Ghiroli has moved on to cover the Nationals for the Athletic, so Trezza becomes an important follow for those of you on Twitter.

Orioles put focus on analytics as they aim to rebuild organization - Baltimore Sun
If you read one piece on the Orioles today, make it this one from Jon Meoli. It does a great job of summing up how things worked under the previous regime, and how that may change soon. Also, it continues what has been a non-stop celebration of the O’s adding Sig Mejdal to Mike Elias’s staff.

Looking a little deeper at the Orioles’ known managerial candidates - The Athletic
I have no real opinion or preference when it comes to who the Orioles should name their next manager. You could spin it and make any type of background make sense. Experienced coach with several years managing an MLB team to show the young guys how it’s done? Sure. Fresh-faced coach who has never worked in the majors but is familiar with emerging talent? Sounds good. I’m down for anything.

Notes on DL Hall and an outfielder that is not a fit for O’s - MASN Sports
You should expect to see DL Hall shoot up prospect lists sometime soon. The only thing holding him back is that the highest level the lefty has pitched at is Low-A, but he’s only 20 years old. As things stand, Hall might still be one of the better southpaw prospects in the game, and that would only be reaffirmed if he dominates in Frederick during the 2019 season.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy Birthday!

Gene Harris pitched in three games for the ‘95 Birds and turns 54 today. It is the 62nd birthday for Bill Swaggerty, who appeared in 32 total games for the O’s in four seasons between 1983 and 1986. Happy 63rd to Orioles Hall of Famer Gary Roenicke. And finally it is the 78th birthday of John Papa, a pitcher that tossed two innings for the O’s back in ‘61 and ‘62.

1998 - Will Clark signs a two-year deal with the Orioles worth nearly $11 million.