There are now 143 days until Orioles Opening Day 2016.
Teams are already out there making moves. It can be done. The Yankees made a couple of different trades where they unloaded dudes they don't really need for dudes they could use more. That's the way to do it. The Orioles tend to unload dudes that it turns out later they really could have used, and in return they get dudes who underwhelm us. OK, Andrew Miller was pretty good, but the rest of those trades, not so much.
There are even teams out there trying to sign free agents! This can also be done. OK, so the Orioles probably don't need or want A.J. Pierzynski, who's like the one guy of any note to sign or be rumored to have agreed to sign so far. But they could do something and get somebody if they wanted. Or they can just twiddle their thumbs and hope the 4/5 starting pitchers who aren't about to be free agents work out better next year.
Time will tell, but not quite yet, since we're still a day away from finding out which free agents (probably all of them and hopefully all of the Orioles guys) decline the qualifying offers that were extended to them.
Around the blogO'sphere
Offseason preview: 10 Baltimore Orioles storylines to watch - SweetSpot - ESPN
You probably already have ten ideas of Orioles storylines to watch for yourself without clicking on this article, but maybe you'd like to know what ESPN Senior Writer Eddie Matz has to say. You can't spell Matusz without Matz, and that's got to mean something. Wait, no it doesn't.
School of Roch: Machado denied Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award
The gist here is that Wilson felt left out that Rawlings gives out all the Gold Gloves, so they try to act like they're better by giving out only one award per position, so Nolan Arenado was the winner at third base. He is pretty good too.
Steve Melewski: Will the Orioles make a big play for Darren O'Day?
I have always been told that it's good for a lawyer never to ask a question of a witness unless the lawyer already knows the answer to the question. In my personal experience, however, a sportswriter should never ask a question to which he or she already knows the answer.
So that's about all that's vaguely going on with the Orioles right now. Here are a couple of our fellow SB Nation blogs openly coveting Orioles free agents.
Royals reportedly interested in relievers Joakim Soria and Darren O'Day - Royals Review
You may recall that the last former Oriole to end up joining the Royals turned heel in a big way, so for that reason alone I would like to not see it again. But if they offer O'Day the most money I can hardly blame him.
What if the Tigers sign free agent Chris Davis? - Bless You Boys
My fellow blog manager Rob's opinion of this subject is made pretty clear by the fact that he has "not-gonna-happen-lol-still-funny" in the URL of his article.
Birthdays and anniversaries
On this day in 1980, Steve Stone won the AL Cy Young award. This is the most recent Orioles winner of that award. Which do you think we will see first: An Orioles World Series title or an Orioles Cy Young winner?
Also on this day in 1998, the Orioles signed Mike Timlin to a four-year contract. Barf.
There are two former Orioles with birthdays today. One is Sammy Sosa, who you probably wish you could forget was ever an Oriole. The other is the late Don Johnson, who pitched in 31 games for the 1955 team. Johnson passed away earlier this year in Portland, OR at the age of 88.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those two former Orioles, you have some birthday buddies spanning history, including Ming dynasty general Qi Jiguang (1528), French admiral Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729), suffragist/abolitionist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815), the second-most famous person named Karl Marx (1897), and actress and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly (1929).
You've also got a variety of still-living birthday buddies, including claymation boxing referee/judge Mills Lane (1936), The Princess Bride actor Wallace Shawn (1943), singer-songwriter Neil Young (1945), Japanese voice actress Aya Hisakawa, voice of Sailor Mercury (1968), infamous figure skater Tonya Harding (1970), smooth operator Ryan Gosling (1980), and reigning PGA Championship golfer Jason Day (1987).
On this day in history...
In 1439, the town of Plymouth, England became the first place in the country to be incorporated by Parliament.
In 1793, the first Mayor of Paris, Jean Sylvain Bailly, was executed for refusing to offer testimony against Marie Antoinette.
In 1948, seven Japanese officials, including General Tojo, were sentenced to death by an international war crimes tribunal for actions committed during World War II.
In 1970, journalist Seymour Hersh first published the story breaking news about the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.
In 1980, Voyager I took the first pictures of the rings of Saturn.
And that's the way it is in Birdland on November 12 - at least, unless something happens later. Have a safe Thursday.