There are now 111 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2017. Eleventy-one, if you count like a hobbit, though unlike Bilbo Baggins, I will not be leaving you now.
We've still got a lot of days to get through, and more significantly, a lot of days where the biggest news is, at best, that the Orioles signed Logan Ondrusek again. Are they trying to assemble Team Logan here? Personally, if they're going to get all of the Logans, I hope they find a way to get Wolverine. Although since Wolverine is a fictional character, probably not.
The other thing about yesterday is that the Orioles probably aren't going to sign Welington Castillo any more. I've got to tell you, I'm not super upset about it, although the reason that they back away from Castillo may turn out to be upsetting.
Do you think anything big like the Orioles addressing one of their major needs will be addressed before the calendar turns to 2017? Although Dan Duquette claimed the Orioles would sign a catcher before January, I'm not sure that I believe him, because sometimes he says things that aren't true and other times he says things that are BS.
Let's hit some links.
Around the blogO'sphere
Why the Orioles should look into trading baseball's best closer - Baltimore Orioles- ESPN
People are STILL writing Trade Zach Britton articles. This wasn't a great idea to begin with and now that the Dodgers have re-signed Kenley Jansen, it's an even worse one.
Orioles show no interest in hedging for the future at winter meetings - Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun observes what we've all noticed: The Orioles aren't selling off assets for the future and are instead aiming to win now. I mean, duh?
Slugger talk: Notes on Bautista, Ortiz and Trumbo - Steve Melewski
Steve Melewski writes some words about Jose Bautista and, for some reason I don't really know, the Vandal, David Ortiz.
What new CBA means for free-agent contracts of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and other stars (ESPN)
Hint: It means that they're going to get a whole hell of a lot of money.
Pitchers Won’t Throw Strikes, So Batters Are Getting Better At Hitting Bad Pitches | FiveThirtyEight
This isn't an Orioles-focused article, although it does have a picture of Chris Davis breaking a bat over his leg as its lead art. Whether the Orioles themselves are getting better at hitting bad pitches is not something answered by the article.
The Orioles just won't trade Kevin Gausman to the Rockies - Purple Row
The Rockies keep asking the Orioles for Kevin Gausman in trades. Our friends over at the SB Nation Rockies blog react to this piece of information.
Birthdays and anniversaries
On this day in 2010, the Orioles signed Koji Uehara as a free agent. An overlooked deal for how important it has gone on to be for the franchise. And in 1996, they signed Mike Bordick, which also affects the franchise to this day, in a slightly different way.
Only one former Oriole has a birthday today: Billy Loes, a 1956-60 swingman, who passed away in 2010 at age 80.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: Scottish poet William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585), Siemens founder Werner von Siemens (1816), World War I Medal of Honor winner Sgt. Alvin York (1887), actor Dick Van Dyke (1925), actor Steve Buscemi (1957), sports broadcaster Mike Tirico (1966), Evanescence vocalist/songwriter Amy Lee (1981), and singer-songwriter Taylor Swift (1989).
The Wikipedia for Sergeant York includes this sentence about the action that won him the Medal of Honor:
By the time six Germans charged at York with fixed bayonets he was out of rifle ammunition, so he drew his pistol and shot them all.
On this day in history...
In 1577, Sir Francis Drake set sail from Plymouth, England for an around-the-world voyage. This was the second world circumnavigation, and Drake would become the first captain to survive one. He didn't return to England until 1580.
In 1862, Union and Confederate forces waged the Battle of Fredericksburg, in which General Robert E. Lee's rebel forces defeated the army of Union Major General Ambrose Burnside.
In 1939, in World War II, German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee was engaged by three British cruisers in the Battle of the River Plate, near Uruguay. This was a British victory because Graf Spee suffered sufficient damage that her captain chose to scuttle the ship in neutral waters.
And that's the way it is in Birdland on December 13 - unless something changes later, which it might, because teams other than the Orioles are at least going to be trying to sign players and that will affect the O's sooner or later. Have a safe Tuesday.