Baltimore Orioles: Winter Meetings 2016 (Day 2 Thread)
It’s Day 2 of the 2016 Winter Meetings! Stay here all day where we’ll keep you updated on all the rumblings regarding the Baltimore Orioles!
Welcome to Day 2 of our 2016 Winter Meetings coverage! Yesterday, the Orioles did as we all expected; nothing. But the Orioles lost a bat to the Toronto Blue Jays, so there’s that.
However, it’s a new day! If you’re watching the Winter Meetings on MLB Network, Dan Duquette will be on Hot Stove at 9:15 a.m and Buck Showalter will be on at 10:45 a.m.
Now, let’s begin the Winter Meetings rumblings!
9:04 a.m: This morning, contributor Josh Sadlock wrote a piece which entertains the trade idea between Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson and Brad Brach.
While the Orioles and Mets spent most of yesterday discussing the potential trade, it seems trade talks are dead according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports:
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The one thing that probably deterred the trade was the money owed to Granderson. The Mets owe Granderson $15 Million in 2017, but the Mets weren’t going to eat it and the Orioles already have approximately $90 Million committed to payroll next season.
11:04 a.m: FanSided recently revealed the order of the “Fandom 250”. The Baltimore Orioles ranked No. 191. Don’t worry, we know Orioles fans are the No. 1 fans around!
2:15 p.m: Last offseason, the Orioles targeted Dexter Fowler, appeared to have sign him, only for there to have been no deal in the first place. What did Fowler do? He signed with the Chicago Cubs where he won a World Series ring in October.
So Fowler is a free agent again. Are the Orioles going to pursue him again?
The answer is no, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN:
"We won’t get fooled again.Not that it’s going to surprise anyone who’s been paying close attention, but the Orioles don’t expect to solve their right field riddle by plugging in free agent Dexter Fowler."
6:09 p.m: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the Boston Red Sox made the American League East tougher than anticipated by trading for Chris Sale. So where does that leave the Baltimore Orioles? Well, the Orioles have been trying to engage in trade talks today, but they were never in on Sale. The Orioles weren’t even potential trade partners with the Chicago White Sox, reports Roch Kubatko:
6:31 p.m: The Baltimore Orioles originally had a four-year offer on the table for Mark Trumbo but have since taken it off. Now, that doesn’t mean the Orioles don’t want Trumbo. The idea of Trumbo returning to the Orioles is still very much alive.
However, there are other teams getting into the mix, and the Colorado Rockies could be the reason the Orioles will have to look elsewhere for a power bat.
7:55 p.m: Jose Bautista is struggling to find a market. Just don’t expect the Orioles to be in the “Jose Bautista Sweepstakes”. Why, you ask? Well…
Next: What would it take for the Orioles to move Brad Brach?
Make sure to follow along on this post all day long as we update everything from Day 2 of the Winter Meetings!