There are now 118 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2016. That's still too many days to be excited about counting down, so at least there are a few days more of the winter meetings to give us something to talk about.
And boy, was there a lot to talk about on Monday, with the evolving saga of whatever was going on with the Orioles pursuit, or lack of pursuit, of Mark Trumbo, once and future forever Oriole Steve Pearce signing with the Blue Jays, and the Orioles and Metstalking about outfielders and relievers. Busy day, and we haven't even gotten into the links!
Do you have an Orioles-related rumor that gets you the most excited? Or, by the opposite token, is there one of these things that fills you with dread more than any other? I think we're probably all sitting around hoping the Orioles announce a Manny Machado extension this offseason, but, according to something Dan Duquette said on Sunday, the Orioles aren't actively engaged in Machado extension talks, so, probably don't hold your breath on that one.
Let's roll through some links.
Around the blogO'sphere
With Meetings In Backyard, Nats And Orioles Take Different Approaches (FanRag)
Basically, the Nationals are about to trade for Chris Sale and the Orioles are getting really serious about who they're going to take in the Rule 5 draft.
Talking O's prospects with MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis (video) - Steve Melewski
Jim Callis has some hopes for Chance Sisco developing into an MLB-caliber catcher but he's not convinced that Sisco is there quite yet.
Covering a lot of ground with Dan Duquette - School of Roch
"There's a lot of interest in our bullpen because it's a good bullpen and that's been one of the staples of the team, so we want to keep that strength intact. But we do have some good solid relievers," said executive vice president Dan Duquette.
Schuerholz's journey: From City High to teacher to Hall of Famer - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Towson University graduate and former Dundalk teacher John Schuerholz sent a letter to the Orioles owner 50 years ago and now he's in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Orioles quietly embark on search for a veteran catcher - Baltimore Sun
As if the Orioles do anything that isn't quietly.
As winter meetings begin, similarities between Mark Trumbo, Chris Davis free agency emerge - Baltimore Sun
This is not going to be a welcome development for anybody who wants to have the Orioles collect the pick for Trumbo leaving and not actually spend any of their limited funds on him.
Looking for a house in Monkton? Nick Markakis' old place is for sale - Baltimore Sun
You might recall that Cal Ripken's house is also for sale right now, and I gotta say, I think Nick Markakis has the better house.
Let’s Find a Home for Edwin Encarnacion | FanGraphs Baseball
On Fangraphs, Dave Cameron is really trying to make the idea of Edwin Encarnacion to the Orioles happen. I don't think it's going to happen so it's hard for me to even try to sort out what to feel about it.
Birthdays and anniversaries
On this day in 2010, the Orioles acquired Mark Reynolds from the Arizona Diamondbacks for David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio. They got some dingers out of that trade.
There are three former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 1984-89 outfielder Larry Sheets, 1977 three-gamer Mike Parrott, and 1981 short-timer Jeff Schneider.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, your birthday buddies for today include: lesser-known Bach, Johann Christoph (1642), poet and World War I soldier Joyce Kilmer (1886), songwriter Ira Gershwin (1896), Take Five composer Dave Brubeck (1920), and funny movie man Judd Apatow (1967).
On this day in history...
In 1768, the first edition of the Encylopaedia Britannica was published.
In 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, banning slavery.
In 1922, a year after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, Ireland came into existence as an independent state.
In 1971, Pakistan broke off diplomatic ties with India, initiating the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. The war, which was decisively won by India, led to the independence of Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan).
And that's the way it is in Birdland on December 6 - or at least, unless something happens later. Which, you know, it might, because the winter meetings are going on and it's always possible the Orioles will do something, or one of their competitors will do something that affects them. Have a safe Tuesday.