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Saturday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are on the cusp

Delmon Young is back in the fold with the Orioles, the time could be now to extend Chris Tillman, and one news publication picks the Cubs to win the 2015 World Series. This is heavy, Doc.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 86 days until Orioles Opening Day, which means there are 86 more days until we can 86 the offseason. Gosh, that is a long time. But then we've also come a long way since November. We will make it.

If you didn't see the news yesterday, the Orioles officially announced the signing of Delmon Young. Even if you did see the news, you can also click on that article if you feel the urge to re-watch that clutch ALDS Game 2 hit once again, which some shameless blogger (namely me) inserted into the post.

How are you doing on your New Years resolutions? The year is now ten days old. Get cracking!

Here are a few O's news-y links to help you along through your Saturday...

Extension Candidate: Chris Tillman – MLB Trade Rumors
On MLBTR, a look at some possible contours of a hypothetical Chris Tillman extension. How does 5 years, $55 million strike you? More importantly, how do you think it will strike the Orioles and Tillman?

Orioles agree to minor league deal with J.P. Arencibia - Baltimore Sun
A little capsule from the Sun on the newly-inked (to a minor league deal) Arencibia. Did you know his wife is Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry? Baseball players!

On the Cusp: Baltimore Orioles | writer Bernie Pleskoff looks at some of the O's prospects who should have an impact with the team in 2015, like Dylan Bundy and Christian Walker.

And here's one that has nothing to do with the Orioles, but everything to do with one of my favorite movies:

Why we picked the Cubs to win the 2015 World Series | MLB | Sporting News
The Sporting News wants you to believe they had a bunch of baseball reasons for picking the Cubs to win the World Series this year, but as anyone who's seen Back to the Future Part II knows, it's really just fulfilling a prophecy.

Today's lone former Oriole with a birthday is Rick Bauer, whose 4.51 ERA over 125 games from 2001-05 you may or may not remember. With that ERA, maybe better if you don't - but it was actually about league average over that stretch.

On this day in 2012, the O's signed Wei-Yin Chen. That is a positive on the ledger for this date. Regrettably, this is also the day in 1991 where the O's and Astros consummated the Glenn Davis trade. Long shall we curse its memory.

And that's the way it is in Birdland on January 10 - at least, unless something happens later. Have a safe Saturday.