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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where it’s time for the Winter Meetings

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The winter meetings are here, the Orioles made a minor league signing, and the timeline is the timeline.

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Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! The winter meetings start today in San Diego, so get ready for the Orioles to start their spending spree! Haha just kidding. But that would be something, right?

It will be interesting to see what, if anything, the Orioles do at the winter meetings, though. At last year’s meetings the team didn’t have a manager, though rumors began to surface about Brandon Hyde towards the end. He wasn’t officially hired until Dec 14th.

CBS Sports published a primer on the meetings if you want to know more.

Links

Orioles Winter Meetings Shopping List: Starting Pitching - Birds Watcher
The Orioles might sign some starting pitchers, but don't expect anyone you'll get excited about.

A look at the Rule 5 draft with Baseball America's J.J. Cooper - Steve Melewski
The Rule 5 draft is pretty much useless (no offense to Ryan Flaherty), but what else are Orioles fans supposed to focus on?

Orioles Sign Dilson Herrera To Minor League Deal - MLB Trade Rumors
Dilson made his MLB debut in 2014 with the Mets but has mostly been in the minors since. He did play 53 games with the Reds in 2018.

Elias: Orioles 'Open For Business' In Offseason | WBAL NewsRadio 1090/FM 101.5
Mike Elias: "The timeline's the timeline." Buckle in, folks.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have two Orioles birthday buddies. That’s not many, but what is lacked in quantity is made up in quality. Today is the 51st birthday of Hall of Famer Mike Mussina. Mussina spent the first 10 seasons of his 18-year career with the Orioles, going 147-81 with 45 complete games and a 3.53 ERA in 288 starts. He is one of the greatest players in Orioles’ history.

There have been 323 days since Mussina was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Orioles have not yet announced any plans to retire his jersey number or add his statue to Camden Yards.

It’s also the birthday of infielder José León, who played in 88 games with the Orioles from 2002-04. He turns 43 today.