The latest Baltimore Orioles news includes the latest roster moves, Brady Anderson turmoil, World Baseball Classic, and the countdown to Orioles Opening Day.
There is no lack of intrigue when it comes to the latest Baltimore Orioles news and the status of the Orioles roster.
On Sunday, the Orioles roster began to take shape as we near Orioles Opening Day by making their most significant round of cuts yet to the spring training roster.
According to Eduardo A. Encina from The Baltimore Sun, relieve pitcher Jesus Liranzo was among the four players cut from the Orioles spring training roster over the weekend. The 22-year old Liranzo, who was added to the 40-man roster back in November, was optioned to Double-A Bowie where he will continue to develop as he nears his Major League debut.
In addition, the Orioles reappointed 30-year-old outfielder Logan Schafer, utility player David Washington, and catcher Austin Wynns to Twin Lakes Park to join the team’s minor league camp according to The Baltimore Sun.
The Brady Anderson dilemma
Former Baltimore Orioles player Brady Anderson, now vice president of baseball operations, has seemed to stir up some hostility in the Orioles clubhouse, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
The story by Rosenthal, that seemed to come out of left field, goes in-depth on Anderson’s role in the organization with quotes from former Orioles’ pitching coaches Dave Wallace and Dom Chiti. Here’s what Wallace and Chiti, who both were with the Orioles last season, had to say about the Anderson situation:
"“I like Brady. Everybody likes Brady,” former pitching coach Dave Wallace said. “But one of the problems is, when you have a role in an organization where you have total autonomy and really no accountability, that’s tough.”"
"“I’m not going to deny that Brady was part of why I left,” but declined further comment."
Wallace and Chiti both inked two-year deals with the Atlanta Braves this offseason where Wallace is now a special assistant pitching coach and Chiti is the director of pitching for the Braves.
After reading the article, I get the sense that the current players on the Orioles roster have no issues with Anderson’s role with the team as most of Rosenthal’s quotes came from former Orioles.
Machado, Jones dominating headlines at World Baseball Classic
Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado and Adam Jones have generated a surplus of highlights from the World Baseball Classic. Other Orioles participating in the World Baseball Classic include newly acquired Welington Castillo, Jonathan Schoop, and Mychal Givens.
Check out the highlights from the most talked about play of the World Baseball Classic below (GIF from GF Baseball):
Adam Jones mesmerizing catch to rob Machado of a home run
Baltimore Orioles news and notes from around the web
More minor league players getting major time for Orioles this spring [The Baltimore Sun – Eduardo A. Encina]
"This spring, more minor leaguers have gotten into games because of the longer spring training and the drain on players caused by the World Baseball Classic."
Showalter on Álvarez’s hot bat and Drake’s struggles [MASN – Steve Melewski]
"When Showalter was asked about Álvarez possibly making the roster if he is not ready on defense, the skipper answered a question with a question: “Where would you play him?” he said to reporters. The designated hitter spot is taken right now."
The strange case of Brady Anderson’s role with the Orioles [Camden Chat – Mark Brown]
"Whether they’re succeeding because of Anderson, in spite of him, or if he doesn’t factor in much either way is not something that even a thoroughly-reported article from Rosenthal can really say."