Orioles odds and ends

*The Orioles Minor League Free Agent list on Baseball America came out today and it’s listed below in full. The names that jump out as possibilities to return and resign with the organization are outfielder Lew Ford, infielder Steve Tolleson and left-handed pitcher Zach Phillips. Ford was signed out of independent ball in part because of the familiarity with him by some of the coaches/front office personnel, and Tolleson is also well thought of by the Orioles and manager Buck Showalter in particular.

The trio all rejected their outright assignments which were announced Friday.

Here’s the list:
RHP: Eric Beaulac (HiA), Matt Bischoff (HiA), Greg Burke (AAA), Brandon Erbe (HiA), Robert Hinton (AA), Oscar Melendez (HiA), Kyler Newby (AA), Joel Pineiro (AAA), Oscar Villarreal (AAA), Bobby Wilkins (LoA)
LHP: Zach Phillips (AAA), Rich Rundles (AAA), Pedro Viola (AAA)
C: Chase Weems (SS)
1B: Rhyne Hughes (AA), Billy Rowell (SS)
2B: Travis Adair (HiA), Ryan Adams (AAA)
SS: Blake Davis (AAA), Steve Tolleson (AAA)
OF: Josh Barfield (AA), Scott Beerer (AAA), Lew Ford (AAA), Jamie Hoffmann (AAA), Antoan Richardson (AA)

*In Arizona Fall League action, Orioles prospect Jonathan Schoop singled in a pair of runs to help the Solar Sox rally back for a win Monday night. More on that here.

*It being awards season and all, shortstop J.J. Hardy  — fresh off his first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award — was named the Orioles’ Defensive Player of the Year in awards given by Wilson and announced Sunday night on MLB Network.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named the American League Defensive Player of the Year, while Michael Bourn earned the same honor in the National League, leading the Braves to be named Wilson’s Defensive Team of the Year.

Each team had one player selected as its top defensive player for 2012 in a set of awards in its inaugural year. Unlike the Gold Glove Awards, which are voted on by Major League managers and coaches, these winners were determined by statistical metrics, using the same “shredder system” seen on the sabermetrics-heavy show “Clubhouse Confidential,” along with input from MLB Network analysts.

*If you need an easy way to keep track of free agents this offseason, MLB.com’s Hot Stove Tracker is up and running here. You can browse by team, position, etc and sort your way through an always-interesting time of year.

*Baseball’s general manager meetings start this week in Palm Springs, Calif. and many deals that happen later in the winter are started over the few days the GMs convene, which this year is Nov. 7-9. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette had just taken over in Baltimore prior to last year’s GM meetings and obviously he will be a lot better equipped this time around to hit the ground running. MLB.com has a group of reporters present and any Orioles-related news/rumors will be on Orioles.com.

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