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Thursday Bird Droppings: Holding our breath about Chris Davis and the Rule 5 draft

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Chris Davis wants a whole lot of money, Ubaldo Jimenez is getting married, and the Orioles (naturally) are going to be active in today's Rule 5 draft. This and more in your Thursday Bird Droppings.

Hello, friends.

There are now 114 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2016. If you multiplied that number by a million dollars, you'd be a little more than halfway to signing Chris Davis. Which is pretty crazy when you think about it.

The Winter Meetings come to a close today. It's been an eventful one for the Orioles this year, at least as far as rumors are concerned. As of yet there hasn't been any news. There probably won't be any real news today, although there is the Rule 5 draft, and you know how Dan Duquette is about that.

Orioles division rivals have made some moves so far - well, the typical dominant forces in Boston and New York, anyway. The Orioles need to get on that level. Hopefully whatever they end up doing will get them to that point. Now let's hit the links.

Around the blogO'sphere

Hot stove: Orioles go over $150M in bid for Davis, but there's still a gap - CBSSports.com
This was the big story yesterday, and it's still the big story today. Chris Davis is out there looking for $200 million. Aren't we all? The collective reaction to this seemed to be, "Well, bye."

School of Roch: Darren O'Day takes physical (and other notes)
Every expectation is that the physical went fine. As for the other notes - well, one of them is that Ubaldo Jimenez won't be at Saturday's FanFest because he is getting married this weekend. Sounds like a good reason to have an excused absence.

Astros, Orioles showing interest in Yovani Gallardo (MLBTR)
Do you have any feelings about Yovani Gallardo? I have one feeling, and that feeling is, "Meh."

Winter meetings notes: Orioles expect to be active in Rule 5 draft - Baltimore Sun
This is essentially the least surprising news of the offseason.

Steve Melewski: Looking ahead to the Rule 5 draft with Baseball America's J.J. Cooper
In this article, Melewski takes a break from being fooled by fake Ken Rosenthals for long enough to talk to a Baseball America prospect expert to get some thoughts on who the O's could target in the Rule 5 draft. They have the 15th pick, although not every team ahead of them will actually select a player.

Rather unusual for the Rule 5 draft, the team picking first, the Phillies, has already telegraphed that they'll be taking a player named Tyler Goeddel from the Rays.

Shorebirds, Orioles extend partnership through 2018 (Delmarva Now)
Next year will mark 20 years that the O's and Delmarva have been working together. It is nice having all but one of the farm teams in Maryland.

This last one does not involve the Orioles at all, but as you know, part of the beat of Camden Chat is to revel in any and all glorious Nationals failure. To that end:

Ben Zobrist chose Cubs despite larger offer from Nationals (Washington Post)
"The Nationals weren't close in the sweepstakes because Zobrist didn't feel as comfortable in the Nationals clubhouse." There's a phrase for this - what is it, maybe it's something in German? Hmm... oh yeah. I remember. LOL.

Birthdays and anniversaries

On this fateful day in 2009, the Orioles completed the trade that sent Chris Ray to Texas for Kevin Millwood. Also on this day, in 1973, the Orioles signed Dennis Martinez as an amateur free agent. I'd say that second one worked out a little better, wouldn't you?

Of all of the players to ever play for the Orioles, only two have birthdays today. One is Pedro Florimon, whom you may have blinked and missed in 2011. The other is Luis Polonia, who was here for 58 games in 1996.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, you also have these among your birthday buddies: Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, founder of the American School for the Deaf (1787), English mathematician Ada Lovelace (1815), poet Emily Dickinson (1830), Dewey Decimal System creator Melvil Dewey (1851), Dutch angle enthusiast Kenneth Branagh (1960), chef and TV personality Bobby Flay (1964), The White Stripes drummer Meg White (1974), and "That's So" Raven-Symoné (1985).

On this day in history...

In 1317, the Swedish King Birger took the opportunity of a banquet at Nyköping Castle to seize his two brothers, Duke Valdemar and Duke Eric, and throw them in the dungeon, where they later starved to death. The feast was supposed to be a reconciliation, but it turned out the King was still mad about his brothers plotting a coup seven years previously.

In 1541, two men, Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham, were executed for having affairs with Catherine Howard, who - unfortunately for those men - happened to be the wife of King Henry VIII.

In 1868, the first traffic lights in world history were installed, outside of the Palace of Westminster in London. So even one of the world's greatest cities was once a one stoplight town.

In 1884, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first published.

In 1965, the Grateful Dead held its first concert performance under that name. How many people do you think claim to have been at that show?

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