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The Orioles added one more minor league invite to camp with days to go: former Mets ace Matt Harvey.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 46 days remaining until the next scheduled Orioles game, which is Opening Day. There are just two days to go until pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota to begin spring training.

On Friday, the Orioles announced the spring training camp roster, including ten players who are non-roster invites and 22 who are “camp reserves,” a group of minor leaguers whose purpose seems to be for the O’s to trickle some extra players into big league camp to get them some extra face time before the minor league camps begin, which now may not be until April.

Saturday saw one more name added to the list of non-roster invites, as the Orioles have agreed on a minor league deal with Matt Harvey. The contract is still pending a physical, so you know, it could fall through. Harvey has had both Tommy John surgery (late 2013) and surgery to try to correct thoracic outlet syndrome (2016). It’s not like these are going to be surprises to the medical team, though.

Assuming the deal goes through, adding Harvey is similar to adding Felix Hernandez, in that they are both pitchers who used to be very good and now are several years removed from anything that could even generously be called adequate.

Harvey’s good years are not as numerous as Hernandez’s, and his last decent year is even farther in the past than Hernandez’s. In the most recent season, He pitched in seven games for the Royals, giving up 15 runs in 11.2 innings. That’s an 11.57 ERA, which is the kind of ERA you can end up with when you have a 2.743 WHIP.

No one should get their hopes up for Harvey. It’s a no-risk signing, though, with the Orioles able to offer an opportunity for a possible comeback tour that many other teams can’t offer. If it somehow pays off, great. If it doesn’t, Harvey will wash out before Opening Day and seldom be thought of in Birdland again.

In the meantime, everyone can make jokes about how Mike Elias is trying to recreate the best 2013 starting rotation that he can find. I’ll get in on it, too: What’s next, luring Cliff Lee out of retirement?

Around the blogO’sphere

Still wondering about Orioles as first workout looms (School of Roch)
Roch is curious about a number of things you’re probably also curious about as we head towards the start of spring training.

Which O’s prospects will get the call in ‘21? (Orioles.com)
Joe Trezza predicts as many as eight prospect debuts could be forthcoming in the 2021 season, but don’t get your hopes up on Adley Rutschman being one of them.

Why the Orioles prioritized hitting prospects over young pitchers on spring training roster (Baltimore Sun)
Perhaps you noticed there aren’t many/any top pitching prospects on the camp reserves list. With minor league seasons expected to be delayed, the Orioles don’t want to start ramping up their pitching prospects until they get closer to those seasons starting.

Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries

Of all the players to ever play for the Orioles, not a single one has been born on this day.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: Battle of Gettysburg general Winfield Scott Hancock (1824), Ferris wheel inventor George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. (1859), Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa (1913), journalist Carl Bernstein (1944), magician Teller (1948), and actor Simon Pegg (1970).

On this day in history...

In 1779, explorer James Cook was killed on Hawaii.

In 1859, Oregon was admitted as the 33rd state. On this same day in 1912, Arizona became the 48th state, and the most recent contiguous state.

In 1929, the Valentine’s Day Massacre took place in Chicago, in which seven people, including six members of a rival gang to Al Capone, were killed.

In 1990, Voyager 1 photographed the Earth from a distance of approximately six billion kilometers. The photo has come to be known as “Pale Blue Dot.”

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on February 14. Have a safe Valentine’s Day.