Happy Friday, Birdland! We hope this finds you well. Yesterday was another day filled with Orioles news as the rumor mill continues to churn, and Birds Watcher is here to get you up to speed.
Would Josh Bell be a good fit in Baltimore?
With dimensions suited to their skillset and the B&O Warehouse looming as a target, the Orioles acquiring a left handed power hitter will always be an intriguing proposition no matter the circumstances. There are a few current free agents that fit this mold, but Josh Bell is one that could be a realistic option for the club. Our very own Andrew Bassan examined Bell’s résumé and decided whether or not it would behoove Mike Elias and company to inquire about his services.
Orioles News 11/18/22 – Josh Bell, Camden Yards ASG snub, and other MLB news
Camden Yards snubbed (again)
On Thursday, Major League Baseball announced that Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas would host the 2024 All Star Game, yet again passing over Camden Yards despite Baltimore not having held the event since 1993.
This marks yet another year that one of baseball’s premier stadiums has been denied the chance to host All Star festivities, presumably in part because of the Orioles involvement in the ongoing MASN lawsuit with the Washington Nationals. Birds Watcher’s Josh Linn believes there’s no justifiable reason for denying Baltimore the Midsummer Classic and that this is nothing more than a puerile attempt by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to punish Orioles ownership for continuing to dispute the Nationals’ claims through the judicial system.
Non Tender Deadline Day
Friday marks the deadline by which teams must decide whether or not they will tender contracts to players under team control. There are several intriguing players awaiting their fate that if non-tendered could be of interest elsewhere, potentially adding new wrinkles to the free agent market. R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports names Dodgers OF Cody Bellinger, Marlins 3B Brian Anderson, and Brewers 1B Keston Hiura as names that could find themselves searching for new homes as free agents.
Check back tomorrow for more Orioles news and updates around the league!