There are now 123 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2017. We can be reasonably sure of this, barring some fluke weather circumstance, now that MLB and the players have reached an agreement on a new five year Collective Bargaining Agreement. There will be no repeat of the work stoppage of 1994-95.
Does it mean much for the Orioles? Check back on this very website later this morning for my breakdown.
Maybe now that the CBA is signed, and now that it's December, the Orioles will wake up from their December nap. It's not a sure thing how interested the O's ever would have been, but another bargain option in right field has signed elsewhere: Matt Joyce inked a two year, $11 million deal with the Athletics. That tier of player is getting gobbled up with a quickness here.
Before we get to next week's winter meetings, there's still the non-tender deadline awaiting on Friday. Figure on at least T.J. McFarland getting shaved off the roster, and don't be surprised if, now that the O's acquired Logan Verrett, Vance Worley gets a non-tender as well.
Let's run through some links, shall we?
Around the blogO'sphere
Not a sexy buy, but here's a free agent that could fit for the Orioles - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Dan Connolly bangs the drum for Angel Pagan as the solution to the O's right field vacancy.
The curious case of Alvarez's 2016, and how it affects his 2017 value - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Doubling up on Connolly today because he's the only guy out there writing much interesting right now. And he thinks Pedro Alvarez is the most likely O's free agent to return.
The Thames deal and wondering if Carter may impact Trumbo - School of Roch
If you can get Chris Carter for cheap, why would you want Mark Trumbo for not-cheap? It's a reasonable question to raise, although it doesn't take a deep familiarity with either player to arrive at an answer.
Will the Orioles have a tough call on Vance Worley? - Steve Melewski
I don't think it'll be a tough call at all, because what's $3.3 million, anyway? But with both Verrett and Tyler Wilson in the fold, it seems like Worley may be a guy the Orioles view as redundant. Verrett and Wilson wish they could be Worley, so a non-tender would be a bad idea. The Orioles do things that are bad ideas with depressing frequency.
Yankees 2017 Potential Free Agent Target: Chris Carter - Pinstripe Alley
We wrote about Carter earlier this week. If you're wondering what another team's fans think about the guy, here's the Yankees blog writing about how they want to get Carter because they want the dingers.
Cam Bedrosian’s controversial remarks about In-N-Out Burger creates rift in Angels’ pitching staff - Halos Heaven
The headline of this article simply delighted me so I'm linking to it even though I haven't read it.
Birthdays and anniversaries
On this day in 1954, the Orioles and Yankees completed the trade that is still the largest in MLB history, swapping 17 players. The trade actually began on November 14. This was also the date of the Taylor Teagarden trade (2011) and the Pat Dobson trade (1970). And on this day in 1998, the Orioles signed Albert Belle to an ill-fated five-year contract. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
There is only one former Oriole with a birthday today. Happy 51st birthday to 1991-94 backup catcher Jeff Tackett.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: Madame Tussauds Wax Museum founder Marie Tussaud (1761), Soviet WWII marshal Georgy Zhukov (1896), funny man Richard Pryor (1940), The Rose actress Bette Midler (1945), English actor Jeremy Northam (1961), singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe (1985), and current Washington football receiver DeSean Jackson (1986).
On this day in history...
In 1824, with no candidate having received a majority of votes in the Electoral College, the House of Representatives was tasked to choose the next President of the United States - John Quincy Adams - as provided in the 12th amendment to the Constitution. That vote didn't take place until the next February.
In 1913, the Ford Motor Company introduced the world's first moving assembly line.
In 1941, Japan's Emperor Hirohito gave the final approval to attack and begin a war against the United States. That attack would be carried out six days later, a date that will live in infamy.
In 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man.
In 1969, in order to provide troops for the Vietnam War, the United States held its first draft lottery since the end of World War II.
And that's the way it is in Birdland on December 1 - or at least, unless something happens later. Which it might, because the CBA is signed, the winter meetings are a-comin', and hot stove season is ongoing! But probably not for the Orioles, because, you know. Have a safe Thursday.