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Wednesday Bird Droppings: Where Joey Rickard wants to be your valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day! I got you the first spring workout for pitchers and catchers.

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MLB: FEB 28 Baltimore Orioles Photo Day Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images

Hello, Camden Chatters. Happy Valentine’s Day! I remember years ago, former CC writer Andrew Gibson got a valentine from his girlfriend that was a picture of Jake Arrieta with a heart drawn around him and the words “Pitchers and Catchers.” Because that’s more exciting than a made up holiday (other than the chocolate).

Jake was the most handsome Oriole when he was here. Now that J.J. Hardy is gone, who will pick up that mantle for the Orioles?

We are now just 43 days from Opening Day! The two Orioles who wore that longest were Sidney Ponson (1998-2005) and Jim Johnson (2008-2013). It’s also a great prime number.

Pitchers and catchers reported yesterday and today is their first workout. So if you love cell phone pictures of ballplayers and green grass, keep an eye on the Twitter accounts of the beat writers.

In pursuit of left-handed bat, Orioles weigh non-roster possibilities with familiar names - Baltimore Sun
None of these names excite me. But this is the Orioles, so of course they don't.

Orioles agree with Gausman on $5.6 million deal, have all arbitration-eligible players signed - Baltimore Sun
So that's settled.

Rosenthal: Pondering a blockbuster trade that lands Manny Machado in New York – The Athletic
Ken Rosenthal takes a trip down fantasy land where the Yankees trade for Jake Odorizzi, then flip him to the Orioles along with Jacoby Ellsbury and Miguel Andujar. That's all I can tell you because I don't have a subscription to The Athletic.

Cal Ripken Puts $12.5M Maryland Estate on Auction Block |®
There is no reserve on the auction. Should we pool our money and turn Cal's mansion into the Camden Chat clubhouse?

What if the Orioles Just Want to Cut Payroll? - Camden Depot
Then they probably should have traded Manny Machado.

Orioles will watch Lincecum throw this week - School of Roch
This is what the Orioles are doing with their time.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Does it stink having your birthday on Valentine’s Day? Probably not has bad as having it on Christmas. You don’t have any Orioles birthday buddies. It is the birthday of Florence Henderson, so that’s something.