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Saturday Bird Droppings: A quiet week ahead?

A KBO star to be posted, Kyle Gibson’s time with the O’s, and waiting for the Winter Meetings.

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Good Morning, Birdland!

Man...there is not a whole lot going on in the baseball world right now, huh? That’s not surprising. After all, executives, players, and agents celebrate holidays too. There’s plenty of time to get deals done between now and spring training. I’m just being impatient.

The next big mile marker of the offseason will be the Winter Meetings. They get going on December 3. That’s one week from tomorrow! While not all of “big” moves will happen during that one week inside of a convention center, it is a significant time. Remember the “Arson Judge” debacle of 2022?

The point here is that the Thanksgiving holiday has been rather dry on the hot stove front, and that could very likely continue for the next week. But we should get some juicy news once all of the big wigs get together in Nashville. Will the Orioles be among those making waves?

The free agent pool is rather shallow this year, and Mike Elias has made comments in that past that make it seem like he doesn’t love the idea of adding a top-tier pitcher on the open market like that. Although maybe he could be swayed to give a veteran arm two or three years if the fit is right.

There should be several viable trade options that make sense for the Orioles and their hitter-heavy minor league ranks. The roster balance is near its breaking point, and you have to think the team looks to move some of their older (and talented!) prospects to give them a better chance to winning in 2024.

For now, no rumors are swirling. Not just in Baltimore, but anywhere. Hopefully that changes as the calendar flips to December.

Links

Jung Hoo Lee Likely To Be Posted In Early December | MLB Trade Rumors
The Orioles do not need another outfielder. But it would be neat to see the team get involved with these sorts of international free agents at some point.

Reviewing three more unexpected developments in the Orioles’ 2023 season | Roch Kubatko
I don’t know about you, but sometimes what happens in April feels like an entirely different season from what happens in September. Remember Terrin Vavra? This Roch blog does.

Appreciating Kyle Gibson’s time as an Oriole | Steve Melewski
Kyle Gibson was exactly what the 2023 Orioles needed. The veteran righty was a slight improvement from Jordan Lyles, and he seemed to bring a unique blend of leadership and charisma that worked well with this roster. He will be missed, but hopefully the Orioles can replace his innings with someone that brings a little more on-field upside.

A Black Friday free-agent deal for every MLB team | The Athletic
This article sees Kenta Maeda as a fit for the back half of the Orioles rotation. Eh...count me out there. He hasn’t thrown more than 106.1 innings in a season since 2019. That includes a 2022 campaign entirely lost to injury, and he will be entering his age-36 season. Now, if he would be interested in transitioning to a full-time relief role then we can talk about it.

Orioles workers protest outside team merchandise store on Black Friday | CBS News
Asking that a previously agreed to contract be honored and for employees to have health insurance seem like very reasonable requests.

Orioles birthdays

Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!

  • Jimmy Paredes turns 35. The utility man spent parts of two seasons with the O’s from 2014 through 2015. For a second there in 2015, he looked like a hidden gem that the team had unearthed.
  • Nate Karns is 36 years old. He tossed just 5.1 innings for the 2019 O’s.

This day in O’s history

Not much has happened on this day in Orioles history, according to Baseball Reference, so instead here a few things that have occurred beyond Birdland:

1783 - The last British troops leave New York City, three months after signing the Treaty of Paris.

1915 - Albert Einstein presents the field equations and general relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences.

1984 - Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is recorded to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.