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Tuesday Bird Droppings: The Manny Machado question

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There's not a whole lot going on in Birdland or anywhere else in Birdland this week. In today's links, pondering if the O's will sign anyone soon, the ceiling of Manny Machado, and whether the Orioles will even get to enjoy that ceiling.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 104 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2017. That is still quite a long time. For comparison, if we go 104 days into the past, we arrive on September 7, when the Orioles lost to the Rays, though they still held a one game advantage for the second wild card spot over the Tigers.

Do you work somewhere that the phrase "it's almost Christmas" means that nobody is doing any work at all between now and the new year? Major League Baseball is more or less such a place. If players haven't signed by now, they're probably not going to be signed until January arrives. Some team could always surprise us, but probably not the Orioles.

Are you done all of your holiday shopping? If you're not, we're in this thing together. I have one person still to figure out. The Orioles also still have some holiday shopping to do, though they don't face a Christmas deadline, so there's no consequence to them taking their time, other than, you know, possibly all of the good players signing elsewhere while they're asleep. This may have already happened in November.

Let's hit the links.

Around the blogO'sphere

Can the Orioles make another acquisition before the holiday break? - Baltimore Sun
Did you ever have a teacher in school who thought he or she was being clever by responding to the question, "Can I go to the bathroom?" by saying, "I don't know, can you?" That headline has made me think of those teachers.

What is the ceiling for Manny Machado? - Steve Melewski
A question that it's hardly even worth pondering unless the Orioles extend Machado or sign him to a new contract. Speaking of that...

Trading Manny Machado something Orioles might have to consider - ESPN
Buster Olney now thinks there's no chance that the Orioles will reach a contract extension with Machado, and therefore, if they are out of the race in July, they need to trade him and dang near everybody.

Orioles, Nationals take different shopping approaches. | fredericksburg.com
I feel like I read more or less this exact same article two weeks ago, but there's nothing else to talk about right now, so I feel for the sportswriter who wrote it and those of us who have nothing fresh to discuss.

Colorado Rockies are still in pursuit of Mark Trumbo - Purple Row
Our friends over at SB Nation's Rockies blog react to the news that their team is still in on Trumbo. Please, let this be true, because I just don't want the Orioles blowing that cash on a DH.

Birthdays and anniversaries

On this day in 2000, the Orioles signed Mike Bordick for the second time, after having traded him to the Mets in July, and on this day in 1995, the Orioles signed B.J. Surhoff for the first time. That Bordick trade netted the Orioles Melvin Mora.

There is one lone former Oriole with a birthday today: Aubrey "Horseshit" Huff turns 40 years old. That was, of course, not his actual nickname, but it's what he said about Baltimore that one time and it got him booed the next Opening Day and I've been known to hold a grudge over things like that.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: Harvey Samuel Firestone, founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company (1868), baseball Hall of Fame player/manager Branch Rickey (1881), Van de Graaff generator inventor Robert J. Van de Graaff (1901), Law & Order master Dick Wolf (1946), and funny man Jonah Hill (1983).

On this day in history...

In 1192, England's King Richard I was imprisoned by Austria's Duke Leopold V while returning from the Crusades. Seems like kind of a dick move to me. The pope of the day agreed - Leopold was later excommunicated by Celestine III.

In 1606, the Virginia Company set sail with three ships of settlers. Destination: Jamestown, Virginia, which would become the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

In 1803, the United States and France completed the Louisiana Purchase in a ceremony in New Orleans.

In 1860, South Carolina became the first state to proclaim its secession from the United States, which history tells us upset more than a few people.

In 1968, the Zodiac Killer committed what are believed to be his first two murders, shooting Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday, a pair of teenagers on their first date in Vallejo, California. The Zodiac Killer was never caught or identified.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on December 20 - at least, unless something happens later, which I certainly don't expect, and you shouldn't either. Have a safe Tuesday!