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Thursday Bird Droppings: The slugger market stays stagnant

There are a lot of sluggers still on the market, including some recent Orioles, but it's not moving very quickly. Also in today's links, wondering if the bullpen can keep it up, another reminder that the rotation was bad, and more.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 95 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2017. As I have been writing throughout the fall and winter, this is still entirely too many days before there will be baseball. We are getting there, slowly but surely. Emphasis on slowly.

The Orioles sure seem like they're playing the wait and see game for whatever they may still be seeking on the free agent market. Maybe it's Mark Trumbo. Maybe it's whoever costs the least. Maybe they'll still yet reunite with both Trumbo and Pedro Alvarez! Stranger things have happened. It wasn't the most exciting outcome at the outset of the offseason, and it may not be an exciting outcome even now.

Still not much going on today. Not very surprising. Is much getting done at your work between Christmas and New Year's? I'm going to guess probably not. But don't be afraid, because even on this quiet day, there are still links to get us through.

Around the blogO'sphere

Orioles bullpen a candidate for regression after strong 2016 campaign - Baltimore Sun
I've had this same opinion for the last four offseasons, because it's basically an accepted thing with baseball that relievers are volatile. The Orioles bullpen hasn't let me down yet... which doesn't mean it never will.

This, that and the other - School of Roch
In MASN's continuing war against letting you know what's actually in their articles, this headline gives no clue about the fact that third base coach Bobby Dickerson is managing in a winter league, or that the Orioles might want to turn Dariel Alvarez into a pitcher.

Diamondbacks keep tabs on Matt Wieters, catching market - AZ Central
The Orioles got the guy who was Arizona's catcher, so it would be pretty weird if Arizona then signed the guy who was the Orioles catcher.

A statistical look at the Orioles' 2016 team pitching - Steve Melewski
You guys, it turns out the starting rotation was bad and the bullpen was good.

Heyman: In Strange Market, After Encarnacion, Dozen Sluggers Remain
Jon Heyman has many thoughts on free agent sluggers, some of whom were recently Orioles and may be Orioles again soon.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are four former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2007 injury victim Jaret Wright, extremely bad 2006 reliever Jim Brower, 1978-81 reliever Dave Ford, and 1977 short-timer Ken Rudolph, who turns 70 years old today.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, your birthday buddies for today include: President Andrew Johnson (1808), British prime minister, the Right Honourable William Ewart Gladstone (1809), author William Gaddis (1922), actress Mary Tyler Moore (1936), funny man Danny McBride (1976), and actress Alison Brie (1982).

On this day in history...

In 1170, Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was assassinated inside of his cathedral. He was later named a saint and martyr in both the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church.

In 1845, the United States annexed the Republic of Texas, admitting it as the 28th state of the Union.

In 1860, with the launch of the HMS Warrior - a warship with an iron hull, iron armor, and screw propeller - all previous warships became obsolete. The Warrior herself was obsolete within a decade.

In 1890, the US 7th Cavalry regiment massacred 300 Lakota at Wounded Knee.

In 1940, the German Luftwaffe fire-bombed London, killing over 200 civilians. This night was called the Second Great Fire of London - and nearly claimed the historic St. Paul's Cathedral if not for a heroic effort by volunteer firefighters.


And that's the way it is in Birdland on December 29 - or at least, unless something happens later, which it probably won't, because it's December 29! Have a safe Thursday.