A few things
*Left-handed reliever Clay Rapada was released yesterday –after being designated for assignment following the Jeremy Guthrie trade — and he’s now a free agent. Best of luck to Rapada, who played Minor League baseball in Lansing, Mich. and always enjoyed a good Michigan vs. Michigan State debate. (Although, in my opinion there’s no debating the Spartans’ superiority.)
*The decision to void the Orioles contract with Seong-Min Kim makes sense for all parties. Major League Baseball wants to keep ties with Sout Korea friendly and the Orioles are free to pursue and sign Kim again, within the proper protocol of course, if they still feel the need. It’s still unknown if MLB will hand down a fine to Baltimore, which issued a formal apology last week, or issue any other punishment.
*Gotten a lot of questions about Zach Britton’s status and his throwing session today –and whether he’s plagued by shoulder inflammation during it — will dictate his progression moving forward. The main problem is Britton’s been unable to get in his proper arm slot because of that inflammation, although right now the problem is being categorized as minor. You can read more on that here.
*Spring Training will get going over the weekend, although there’s a good group already down in Sarasota, and I wrote a preview earlier this week on some of the main issues. Obviously, there’s still plenty of questions surrounding the Orioles and you can count on daily stories on Orioles.com, as well as pictures/analysis and other breaking news here on the blog and on Twitter.
Finally, today marks the official two-year anniversary of my start date as the beat writer for Orioles.com. It seems like just yesterday I was getting lost on my way to Ed Smith Stadium with my printout of names and faces that took weeks (ok, months) to really get down. I thank all of you for reading, listening, criticizing, asking questions and sparking debate based off my articles, blog posts, Tweets, etc. Here’s to better things in the future.