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Thursday Bird Droppings: The Orioles Rule 5 draft adventure is about to begin

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It's the biggest party of the year for the Orioles front office: Rule 5 draft day. In today's links, the door still open for Matt Wieters, outfielders in whom the O's seem to be interested, and still more praise for Chance Sisco.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 116 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2017. There are now zero days remaining until the Orioles select a fringe player who will probably be on that Opening Day roster. That's right: It's Rule 5 draft day! If you're checking in later in the morning or in the afternoon, the draft has already happened before you even read these words.

The winter meetings have been full of big happenings, even if none of them involved the Orioles directly. Does the Rockies signing Ian Desmond ripple into the Mark Trumbo market? Is a team going to come along willing to meet the O's price for Brad Brach, or will the O's end up lowering that price? Those were a couple of yesterday's questions.

This next thing here is not a link but it is something that was actually said by Buck Showalter on Wednesday as he addressed local media at the meetings:

I've often felt that Wright's Baltimore career was very similar to Arrieta's Baltimore career. Of course, Wright comes without any of Arrieta's upside. And if the Orioles couldn't get Arrieta going, what makes Showalter think they can get Wright going? Very smart people sometimes say things that sound ridiculous to an outside observer.

Around the blogO'sphere

Orioles notes: Hyun Soo Kim set for bigger role in 2017; no WBC for Zach Britton - Baltimore Sun
Showalter says that he hopes to see Kim play more against lefties in 2017, which... you know, that one's kinda up to you, Buck.

Boras: On Wieters' market; Alvarez and the outfield; Britton and extension talks - BaltimoreBaseball.com
"When Matt Wieters is behind the plate, the Orioles are in the playoffs," Boras said. In fact, two of the three seasons the Orioles made the playoffs are two of the four seasons where Wieters has played the fewest games in his career.

More from Day Three of the Winter Meetings - School of Roch
MASN continues its resistance to any principles of SEO. In this article, one day after Duquette expressed surprise at how much free agent asking prices are, he talks about how he's surprised by trade asking prices.

Orioles Notes: Dyson, Gardner, Trumbo - MLB Trade Rumors
Different people think that New York's Brett Gardner and Kansas City's Jarrod Dyson might be good fits for the Orioles outfield next season. It all depends on the cost, really.

ESPN's Keith Law on Chance Sisco, Mark Trumbo, Zach Britton and more - Steve Melewski
Law never gives much credit to the team for its success at the big league level, but he's a big supporter of the idea that Sisco will be a catcher at the big league level. He also thinks the Orioles should at least explore getting a big return for Britton.

A look at the Orioles' 2016 draft with Baseball America's John Manuel (video) - Steve Melewski
It's a rare day with a Double Melewski, but here we are. Another prospect writer, John Manuel, shared some thoughts on the O's 2016 draft class. He is a fan of Cody Sedlock, Keegan Akin, and Austin Hays.

MLB Rumor Central: Baltimore Orioles called on Chris Carter? - MLB Rumor Central- ESPN
One can make a very reasonable argument that the Orioles would be better off signing Carter for one year than committing big bucks to Trumbo. Although the Orioles themselves don't seem to believe that. More's the pity.

Birthdays and anniversaries

On this fateful day in 2011, the Orioles made two moves that radically altered the fortunes of the franchise. First, they drafted Ryan Flaherty in the Rule 5 draft. They also traded for Taylor Teagarden.

There are two former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2002-04 infielder Jose Leon, and the greatest Orioles pitcher of my lifetime, who will be a baseball Hall of Famer as soon as the writers get their heads out of their butts, Mike Mussina. It's Mussina's 48th birthday today.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include the following: Mary, Queen of Scots (1542), General Motors and Chevrolet founder William C. Durant (1861), The Doors singer Jim Morrison (1943), Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band (1947), singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor (1966), NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick (1975), and rapper Nicki Minaj (1982).

On this day in history...

In 1660, a woman appeared on a public stage in England for the first time. The woman - either Margaret Hughes or Anne Marshall; history is insure - performed the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare's Othello.

In 1813, Beethoven premiered his Seventh Symphony in Vienna at a charity concert for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau.

In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his "a date which will live in infamy" speech about the previous day's attack on Pearl Harbor, immediately after which the U.S. declared war on Japan.

In 1963, Pan Am Flight 214, a Boeing 707, was struck by lightning and crashed near Elkton, Maryland. All 81 people on board were killed in the crash. Later, in 1969, a Douglas DC-6 belonging to Olympic Airways struck a mountain outside Keratea, Greece, killing 90. And in 1972, a Boeing 737 crashed for the first time ever when United Airlines Flight 553 crashed after aborting a landing attempt at Midway in Chicago. There were 45 fatalities from this crash.

If you're flying today, I'm sorry for all of that. Here's one cheerful one to conclude:

In 1980, John Lennon was shot and killed in front of The Dakota in New York City.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on December 8 - until something happens later, which it definitely will, because it's Rule 5 draft day! Are you excited? I'm excited. I'm not really excited. Have a safe Thursday.