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Monday Bird Droppings: Five years with the Davis contract

The Orioles brought back a pitcher, we’ve been saddled with the Chris Davis contract for five years, and more in today’s Bird Droppings

Baltimore Orioles v Washington Nationals Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

Happy Monday, Camden Chatters! If you’re an NFL fan, there was plenty of action to pay attention to this weekend as the playoffs continue. Unfortunately for the Ravens fans in the crowd, their season has come to an end after a disappointing game in Buffalo.

In baseball news, the division rival New York Yankees signed pitcher Corey Kluber to a one-year contract to help with their starting rotation. Kluber has been dealing with a shoulder injury so it’s hard to know what to expect from him.

Your Baltimore Orioles also signed a pitcher this weekend! Well, re-signed. Thomas Eshelman is back in the fold on a minor league deal. I mean no offense to Eshelman when I say that I hope he doesn’t make any starts for the Orioles this year.


Five years ago, Chris Davis’ wait for a contract ended. The Orioles’ wait for it to be over continues. - Baltimore Sun
There was a dubious anniversary over the weekend as we marked five years since the Orioles signed Chris Davis to what has turned out to be the a much worse contract than any of us could have imagined. The good news about that is that it means there are only two years left.

Notes on Villar, spin rates and more - Steve Melewski
Jonathan Villar keeps popping up as a shortstop the Orioles might be interested in bringing back into the fold. I don't really get it.

Birthdays and History

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have so many Orioles birthday buddies. The big two who share your special day are pitcher Scott McGregor, who turns 67 years old today, and outfielder Brady Anderson, who turns 57.

McGregor spent his entire major league career, 1976-1988, appearing in 356 games with a 3.99 ERA. He also spent several years after his playing career coaching in the Orioles’ system.

Anderson played for the Orioles from 1988-2001, playing in a total of 1759 games for the team. He appeared in three all-star games and led the league in being hit by pitches three times.

Other Orioles born on this day in history are Mike Fornieles (b. 1932, d. 1998), Mickey McGuire (80 years old), Kevin McGehee (52), Brian Falkenborg (43), and Brandon Fahey (40).

On this day in 2009, the Orioles traded pitcher Garrett Olson to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Félix Pie.