A few notes

*As a reminder, the deadline for teams to offer contracts to arbitration-eligible players is this Friday and the Orioles’ biggest tender question is Mark Reynolds. I wrote about that situation here and continue to believe, although this is purely speculation, Reynolds will be non-tendered unless he agrees to a sizable paycut.

*The Orioles have signed several independent league pitchers lately, most recently right-handed pitcher Marcel Prado, according to a tweet from the American Association. The 25-year-old Prado was 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 44 relief appearances with El Paso.

The O’s added independent league pitchers Logan Mahon and Chase Johnson on minor league deals, as well outfielder Buddy Sosnoskie, according to the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks website. Sosnoskie played for the Redhawks this past season.

*I’ve been asked a few times about the Orioles Spring Training schedule and that’s due to be officially released any day now. Last year’s schedule came out Nov. 29 and the organization has the same timeframe this year.

*There’s no timetable for the hiring of a third base coach to replace the departed DeMarlo Hale, although manager Buck Showalter is going through candidates now. Hale accepted a bench coach position with the Toronto Blue Jays. The rest of Showalter’s coaching staff from last season has agreed to new deals to return in 2013.

*This is not baseball-related, but –as some of you who follow me on Twitter know- I’m a runner  and wanted to pass it along.

Today is the last day to purchase tickets online for the 4th Annual Back on My Feet Baltimore Bash, which is this Thursday, November 29, from 6:30PM – 10:30 p.m. at the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. The Bash is an evening of celebration, music, food, dancing and has a silent auction –including some sports items– with nearly 100 percent of the event’s proceeds going toward the non-profit organization.

Back on My Feet Baltimore promotes the self-sufficiency of the homeless population by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. The Baltimore chapter launched in March 2009. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities you can go here: http://bomf.ticketleap.com/4th-annual-back-on-my-feet-baltimore-bash/#

Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

1 Comment

I hope the Orioles don’t expect too much “lightning in a bottle” from these independent league guys. I live in York, PA and we have an independent league team here – The York Revolutions so I have seen independent league ball close up. Granted, there are many former big leaguers playing for these teams but basically almost all players in these leagues wouldn’t stand much of a chance in the majors.

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