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Tuesday Bird Droppings: The waiting game continues into 2024

The calendar has flipped, but the Orioles remain mostly silent on the hot stove so far.

MLB: OCT 08 ALDS - Rangers at Orioles Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Good morning, Camden Chatters.

The new year has arrived. Folks are returning to the office after their holiday breaks. It’s back to business as usual. And hopefully that means we’ll see something actually start to happen in the MLB offseason, which has been a slow burn so far.

With about a month and a half before teams start to report to spring training, it seems like there are lot of teams with a lot of holes still to fill, the Orioles among them. Adding a starting pitcher was at the top of the O’s priority list when the offseason began, and they’ve yet to find one as of now. If they’re not going to sign one — with Blake Snell, Jordan Montgomery, and Marcus Stroman among the most high-profile free agent options remaining — then they’ve certainly got the prospect capital to make a trade for one, such as Dylan Cease or Corbin Burnes.

My prediction: the Orioles will swing a trade for a starting pitcher, but it won’t be for Cease or Burnes or anyone who is even thought to be on the block. It’ll be some out-of-nowhere acquisition that’ll catch fans by surprise, which isn’t to say it’ll be a bad pitcher. Mike Elias has a tendency to make under-the-radar moves that, more often than not, pan out quite well. He’s got a few more weeks to figure out exactly who that player is.

Links

As 2024 begins, Orioles continue to look for a starting pitcher - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Rich Dubroff recaps some of the available pitching options. If Frankie Montas is getting a $16 million deal after pitching just one game in 2023, it’s all the more reason to expect the O’s not to sign anyone.

Trainer on Coby Mayo: “We started seeing that he’s the real deal" - School of Roch
Jackson Holliday might not be the only game-changing rookie who’ll be arriving with the Orioles in 2024. It’s hard not to be pumped about Mayo’s power potential.

Ravens and Orioles win division titles in same year for first time in history – Baltimore Sun
In case you missed this nugget, 2023 was quite the year for Baltimore sports.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Two members of the 2023 Orioles have Jan. 2 birthdays: right-hander Reed Garrett (31), who pitched two games before getting waived, and outfielder Kyle Stowers (26), who remains in the organization after an injury-plagued year. Former Orioles born on this day include Maryland-born righty Garrett Stephenson (52) and outfielder Royle Stillman (73).

On this date five years ago, the Orioles hired Koby Perez as their senior director of international scouting. It was a huge step forward for an O’s team that, until the hiring of Mike Elias two months earlier, had almost completely ignored the international amateur market for decades. In the five years since, Perez has helped the Orioles build a much-improved pipeline of international talent, led by baseball’s #46 prospect, Samuel Basallo.