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More Spring quotes

A few quotes from today’s first full-squad workout…

DERREK LEE
[on his familiarity with Baltimore baseball]
“I’m learning quick. I’ve always known the history and tradition here. A great tradition. I’ve always heard about how great the fans are. I’m growing to know this team. Buck had a great message last night. I think we’re headed in the right direction.

[On Sunday's night team movie]
It was awesome. I was ready to fight [Mike] Tyson last night. We didn’t know what to expect. I was thinking, ‘Wow, that’s weird, [a] 6 o’clock meeting. ‘ [Buck] had a great message, put the movie clips on, it was pretty good.

I was fired up. I had goose bumps last night. I think we’re going to have to show that movie before Opening Day, too, and maybe after the All-Star break.

[on having the whole team in camp]
The first day is always exciting. This is the time to cross the t’s and dot the I’s, get the little stuff done. It’s not always the most fun part. It’s tedious but it’s needed throughout the season., These next seven to eight day,s we’ll really bear down and get the fundamentals down before we start playing games next week.

ADAM JONES
[on Sunday's team activity]
It’s something that I’ve never seen, and I’m sure these guys have never seen unless you’ve been with Showalter before.

[was the message well received?]
Of course it was well received. You got veterans talking about it, along with the younger guys. We’ve got the message.

[on the different atmosphere in the clubhouse]

You walk into the clubhouse you can feel the vibe yourself right? I’ve never honestly walked into a clubhouse and felt that way until I walk[ed] in here. There’s a sense of pride. Everybody knows what’s at stake. We want to go out and stop getting our [butts] kicked and starting kicking people’s [butts]. Point blank.

NICK MARKAKIS
[on the direction of the Orioles organization]
“For the past two years or so, it’s been going in the right direction, we just haven’t got there yet. We have our young guys up here [now], and we have what we have. They’re here. It’s just a matter of filling in the pieces here and there. We got it this year and we’re looking forward to, I don’t want to say do big things but to go out there and do what we are capable of doing. And hopefully that leads to big things.

[on the vibe around the team]
It’s definitely a different clubhouse from years in the past. Things are going smoothly right now, guys are just getting to know each other, so it’s headed in the right direction.

Arbitration and Non-tender deadlines nearing

The baseball news should pick up this week, starting with tonight’s midnight deadline for free agents to accept arbitration if offered by their club.

The Orioles did not offer arbitration to either Koji Uehara or Kevin Millwood so there’s no decisions on that front. The wonderful website MLB Trade rumors  has done a great job keeping track of the decisions and you can click here for the American League and NL updates.
 
Most big-name free agents are a lock to decline, but there’s always some middle-of-the-pack guys who opt to test the market in hopes of a pay raise and/or better situation. Teams that offer arbitration and are declined get compensation in the form of Draft picks, depending on if the free agent is a “Type A” or “Type B”.

Thursday is is the non-tender date, which has been moved up from recent years. This is the deadline for the Orioles to tender a contract to any arbitration-eligible players. That includes six guys: Matt Albers, Jeremy Guthrie, Jim Johnson, Felix Pie, Adam Jones and Luke Scott. Albers, who seemed to constantly be in jeopardy of losing his roster spot, has shown he can be an effective Major League reliever at times. The O’s will decide whether he’s a part of their plans for next season.

Any player tendered a contract is considered a signed player; the question becomes whether a deal is worked out or the sides go to an arbitration hearing to decide a salary.

On the flip side of the non-tender deadline, as I noted in today’s Winter Meetings preview Part 1, the Orioles will be monitoring closely who other clubs non tender.  It’s not often a non-tender emerges as a bona fide Major League contributor, but there are certainly bargains to be had.

Jones in NY vidoes

Here are the two videos from Adam Jones’ day in New York yesterday… (You can read about it here.)

This is Jones at MLB Network.
And this is Jones discussing the state of the Orioles.

Jones goes to New York

Thought I’d pass this along..

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By Thomas Boorstein / MLB.com
NEW YORK —
Thanks to night games, a typical day for a Major League baseball player rarely involves many morning activities. But for Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, Tuesday began unusually early.

Two days after Baltimore’s regular season ended, Jones embarked on a day-long tour of interviews and appearances that took him from the WFAN-AM studios in Manhattan’s West Village to the MLB Network studios in Seacaucus, N.J. — and several more stops in between.

“In New York, usually, I just hang out,” Jones, 25, said of his typical routine before a 7 p.m. game. “Definitely go out to lunch. I just walk around, kill some time. I usually wake up around 11, so that helps move the day along. Definitely don’t do as much as I’m doing right now, but it’s fun.”

This year’s playoff teams include several young players in critical roles — Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton, Buster Posey and Jason Heyward to name a few. Jones, a 2009 All-Star and Gold Glove winner, helped lead an Orioles club that played 57 of its 162 games against these playoff clubs. That includes 18 apiece against Rays and the Yankees, Baltimore’s foes in the American League East. If any player is qualified to discuss the eight remaining teams and their postseason chances, Jones is.

So Jones, a San Diego native who still returns to Southern California during the offseason, spent one day of his week-long stay in New York talking about the 2010 playoffs with several media outlets.

Jones capped his day on MLB Network’s “Path to the Pennant” in the field-mimicking Studio 42. There he talked to Greg Amsinger and Mitch Williams about the reasons — “accountability and credibility” — for the Orioles’ 34-23 finish under new manager Buck Showalter. With Texas’ Cliff Lee and Tampa Bay’s David Price set to square off in Game 1 of the AL Division Series on Wednesday, Jones discussed with Al Leiter his approach against the dominant lefties. Then he showed Billy Ripken how his positioning in center field compares with Upton’s.

Eight hours earlier, at 9:20 a.m., Jones had started his day with a trip to the WFAN studios for an appearance with Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton. He unveiled his World Series prediction — Rays against the Phillies — and listened as Esiason and Carton jokingly offered to represent the outfielder as he entered his first year of salary arbitration.

After his WFAN appearance, Jones traveled back to Midtown for a satellite interview with Jay Crawford of ESPN’s First Take. With Minnesota set to face CC Sabathia in Wednesday’s Game 1 of the ALDS, Crawford asked Jones for the reasons behind a 9-for-27 (.333) career mark against Sabathia.

“I just look at him as a pitcher who gets ahead,” Jones said. “He pitches me in a certain way. I try to get to him before he gets to me. When he gets two strikes, he is one of the best strikeout pitchers in baseball.”

Jones and Crawford talked of the outfielder’s plans to help Orioles teammate Rick VandenHurk in a series of clinics in VandenHurk’s native Netherlands in November. The host listed Dutch delicacies and asked Jones what he would be willing to sample. Paling, an oily freshwater eel, was dismissed — “Not eating that,” Jones said — but hagelslag, chocolate sprinkles added to bread, did get the seal of approval.

Jones followed his ESPN interview with two phone interviews — one with Kyle Stack of amNewYork and another with Jorge Ortiz of USA Today. Then he went to Sports Illustrated’s offices, where he met with reporter Richard Deitsch and answered questions from the magazine’s baseball writers and editors before doing a video interview for SI.com. After a live telephone interview on ESPN Radio’s The Scott Van Pelt Show, Jones headed across the Hudson River to the MLB Network’s studios.

Jones maintains an active Twitter account (The_Adam_Jones) and provided updates of his day. “Got the belt I so desperately needed,” he posted in the late morning. After visiting MLB Network, he posted a picture with the caption: “I got to sign the Wall of Fame. Such an honor.”

“I’ve been trying to keep up with it,” Jones said of Twitter. “Sometimes it gets me in trouble, sometimes it gets annoying. But that’s the fun part about it, you get to hear people’s true opinions, and that’s all a part of it.”

One of those opinions came from Deitsch himself on Twitter. Soon after Jones stopped by, Deitsch posted, “Intelligent & thoughtful guy. Honest answers to Q’s. I was impressed.”

At 25, Jones has some time to think about his post-career plans, but his early taste has him considering building on Tuesday’s appearances.

“It’s a long way off, but it’s something that’s a personality thing,” Jones said. “Not everybody can be on TV, not everybody can sound educated. So it’s pretty cool to be able to use my personality.”

Showalter on getting to know Jones

An interesting comment that went largely unused in Sunday’s 4-3 walkoff win was by manager Buck Showalter in discussing Adam Jones’ RBI bunt.

“I thought that was a great…what’s the word…what’s
best for the Orioles,” Showalter said of Jones’ perfectly placed bunt, which scored Brian Roberts in the first inning.  “I said to [bench coach Jeff] Datz as he started the at-bat, ‘Look where the
third baseman is playing him.’ Especially with [Andy] Pettitte probably not wanting to
push the leg a little bit. It’s a great play. Look what they give you and take
it. All of a sudden, it gets around the league and they start playing in and
some of those balls he hits now go through.

“That’s impressive, especially with,
quite frankly, a guy with 19 home runs and you know how badly he wants to hit
20, but you want to let it happen in the flow of the season and not there.
Everything’s a little chapter when you’re kind of trying to identify what’s
going on with guys. You see stuff like that, it’s not the first time. It kind
of gives you a little opening about what they might be about.”

Patton here too, Jones in lineup, Gonzo out etc

*Lefty Troy Patton was told late last night that he would be coming to join the Orioles in New York. So with his car packed to go home, he drove to Baltimore and then flew here.

He will join David Hernandez and Pedro Viola in a crowded bullpen, and is expected to be used in long relief. Patton has been called up twice before but not used. Here’s hoping he’s get a chance this time.

*Also, Adam Jones is back in the lineup tonight and feeling good.

*The Orioles might start to alter their six-man rotation after this weekend’s set in Detroit, but for now it will go as scheduled.

*Michael Gonzalez is dealing with some back tightness and wasn’t available yesterday. He pitched back-to-back outings Saturday and Sunday and would only be used in an emergency situation today. 

Orioles/Yankees lineups

*Manager Buck Showalter is hoping this is the day Adam Jones is mad at him. Jones isn’t in the lineup but is taking pregame batting practice and could be available later in the game if he states his case. Either way, look for Jones –who had a cortisone shot in his left shoulder prior to Thursday’s game — to be in the lineup Tuesday night.

*David Hernandez is throwing an inning for Bowie  today and could be activated after that. Showalter said the team thinks he’s close, although much of that will depend on how he fares in tommorow’s inning. Having Hernandez back could help set Rick VandenHurk up for a spot start or two later this month. 

Given that the O’s have a six-man rotation right now, VandenHurk probably wouldn’t get a start until the team shuts down one of their younger arms. You want to see what you have in VandenHurk- who is out of next options next spring — but you don’t want guys pitching on seven or eight days rest, either.

*There’s no word yet on whether the Orioles will call up any more arms in the final few weeks. The Minor League season ends today and Double-A Bowie is fighting for a playoff spot. Norfolk is out of contention.

*As I blogged yesterday, a trio of top prospects –including third overall pick Manny Machado – are headed to Frederick.   

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Brian Roberts 2B
Felix Pie LF
Nick Markakis RF
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Ty Wigginton 1B
Corey Patterson CF
Cesar Izturis SS
Josh Bell 3B

LHP Brian Matusz

YANKEES LINEUP:
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames LF
Jorge Posada DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF

RHP A.J. Burnett

Orioles/Rays lineups and tidbits

*Adam Jones will be out until at least Monday. He’s still not 100 percent after getting a cortisone injection in his left shoulder prior to Thursday’s game.

*Chris Tillman arrived in Baltimore late last night and spoke with reporters at length. Will have his quotes up for you later.

Not much news to report as the Os try to snap a season-high three game skid under Buck Showalter’s time at the helm…

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Felix Pie LF
Matt Wieters C
Julio Lugo 3B
Corey Patterson CF
Cesar Izturis SS

Jeremy Guthrie RHP

RAYS LINEUP:

John Jaso C
Ben Zobrist 2B
Carrl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Matt Joyce RF
Brad Hawpe DH
B.J. Upton CF
Jason Bartlett SS

James Shields RHP

Jones update, plus who the Os might bring up

As expected, Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones was not in the starting lineup and unavailable for Friday’s series opener against the Rays.

Jones received a cortisone injection in his left shoulder prior to Thursday’s 6-4 loss to the Red Sox and his timetable remains “open-ended” according to manager Buck Showalter, who didn’t rule out the possibility of the team recalling another position player for depth.

“Most of the people that would fit are non-roster” said Showalter who cited infielder Scott Moore -making his first start in Triple-A after being sidelined with a lung issue – as a possibility. “But it’s not something we couldn’t get around if there was a real vibrant need for a player.”

The Orioles could designate pitchers Franka Mata or Armando Gabino to clear a spot on their 40-man roster if needed, although Moore’s callup isn’t imminent. Having utility infielder Robert Andino also gives Showalter some flexibility for now, and what the team does going forward will be determined by how Jones responds to the injection in the next day or two.

The Orioles were helped by the return of outfielder Corey Patterson to Friday’s lineup. Patterson, who played center field in place of Jones, has been bothered by a sore neck suffered from a pair of recent collisions with the wall and wasn’t available to swing on Thursday. But Patterson was deemed a full-go after some early batting cage work on Friday afternoon and didn’t expect any lingering issues.

Jones gets cortisone shot

Adam Jones received a cortisone injection in his left shoulder prior to Thursday’s 6-4 loss to the Red Sox, and will be sidelined until at least the end of the week.

Jones, who got the shot on the top of his shoulder, said he’s a fast healer and was hopeful he would get in Saturday’s game, although much of his timetable will be dictated by how his shoulder responds on Friday.

Jones exited Wednesday’s game prior to his seventh-inning at-bat, and said on Thursday afternoon that the discomfort in his upper back/shoulder region is more intense and in a slightly different area than where he was hit last week.

He took a pitch from White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd to the left shoulder blade on Aug. 24 and missed the following five games with lingering soreness. Wednesday’s injury came on a swing in his fourth-inning at-bat, and the tightness didn’t go away, forcing him from the game with an elevated level of discomfort.

“Before, it was just kind of sore. This is actual pain,” said Jones who consulted with the team’s doctors before deciding to go with the cortisone injection.

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