The Orioles have signed switch-hitting outfielder Aaron Hicks to a major league deal after the recent injury to Cedric Mullins. Our Stephen Heckman has all the details:
Tag Archives: Mike Elias
Best transactions of the Mike Elias era in Baltimore
Our Zack Bucklew reviews and goes over some of the best transactions Orioles GM Mike Elias has made during his tenure in Baltimore:
Patience is a virtue for the Baltimore Orioles
The Orioles are being much more patient and disciplined at the plate as of late, and it’s no coincidence. Our Justin Sutphin breaks down the philosophy the O’s front office and coaching staff have implemented:
Rodriguez to debut today for O’s in Arlington
O’s top pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez will make his major league debut this afternoon against the Texas Rangers! Our Stephen Heckman gets you hyped for the right-hander’s first appearance:
The Baltimore Battery’s 10 hot takes for Orioles 2023 season: Numbers 10-6
With the 2023 season quickly approaching, The Baltimore Battery staff gives you our 10 hot takes for the 2023 Orioles season, starting with numbers 10-6:
Cowser, O’Hearn lead Orioles to walk-off victory
The Orioles defeated the Phillies in walk-off fashion today by a score of 10-7, thanks to Ryan O’Hearn’s three-run homer! Our Stephen Heckman recaps who stood out for the O’s and provides post-game comments from Cole Irvin, Anthony Santander and Brandon Hyde:
What if Manny Machado was extended and not traded from Baltimore?
Our Stephen Heckman takes us through a “What if?” scenario, as he dives into what the Orioles could have looked like if Manny Machado was signed to an extension, rather than get traded:
O’s SpringNotes: Day 2
Our Stephen Heckman provides the latest news out of Orioles training camp, including D.L. Hall’s progression, possible closing scenarios for Cionel Pérez and Bryan Baker and much more:
O’s SpringNotes: Day 1
With the first day of O’s workouts under way, our Stephen Heckman provides the latest news and updates, including the latest injury and contractual statuses around the organization:
Around the Nest: Edition 11 – Time for Orioles baseball
With pitchers and catchers set to report tomorrow for the Orioles, our Stephen Heckman reports on who has already arrived to camp in Sarasota and which spring storylines to keep an eye out for on this edition of Around the Nest:
O’s, Michael Wacha: Would possible deal make sense moving forward?
Should the Orioles make it a point to sign Michael Wacha, the last remaining quality starter left on the free agent market? Our Kyle April breaks down the variables of making a deal with the veteran, determining if a deal would benefit the club moving forward:
3 reasons why signing pitching next offseason makes more sense for O’s
The Orioles have been quite dormant when it comes to signing free agent pitching this offseason. Our Zack Bucklew explains how this could be beneficial to the O’s this year:
5 players O’s could pursue via trade in 2023
With the Orioles staying fairly quiet in free agency, could that make them more active in the trade market? Our Kyle April lists five players the O’s could pursue via trade in 2023:
O’s avoid arbitration with 5 of 6 eligible players
As reported Friday afternoon, the Orioles reached agreements with five of six players to avoid arbitration. Our Stephen Heckman breaks down each deal:
Around the Nest: Edition 7 – Birdland Caravan returns for 2023
The Birdland Caravan is back for 2023! Our Stephen Heckman provides you with all the details on each event coming to your community on this edition of Around the Nest:
Grading Orioles offseason moves thus far
The Orioles haven’t made a big splash in the market this offseason but have made upgrades in positions of need to fill out their club. Our Kyle April grades each addition to the 2023 club by position:
5 Orioles who could be traded by Opening Day
The Orioles haven’t been big spenders in free agency this offseason, but will they be active in the trade market? Our Stephen Heckman has five O’s players who could be traded prior to Opening Day:
5 remaining free agents O’s could pursue
With the 2023 season fastly approaching, the Orioles still have time to add pieces via the free agent market. Our Kyle April has five free agents the O’s could pursue:
O’s acquire James McCann from New York Mets
The Orioles made their first trade of the offseason late last night, as they have acquired catcher James McCann and cash considerations from the Mets in exchange for a player to be named later. Our Justin Sutphin has all the details:
Mychal Givens returns to Orioles, signs 1-year deal
After being traded by the Orioles in 2020, right-hander Mychal Givens has returned to Baltimore on a one-year deal, with a mutual option for 2024. Our Stephen Heckman has all the details:
Orioles sign Adam Frazier to 1-year deal
The Orioles have signed second baseman Adam Frazier to a one-year, $8 million deal. Our Stephen Heckman has all the details:
(O’)pen letter to Orioles GM Mike Elias
With many Orioles fans scratching their heads due to the inactivity of the organization in the free agent market, our Stephen Heckman writes an open letter to GM Mike Elias, addressing his thoughts on the matter:
The Heckman Opinion: Why all the upset?
The O’s have been quiet so far this offseason, and fans have a right to be upset and impatient after comments made by GM Mike Elias. Our Stephen Heckman gives a different perspective than the average fan might be having:
O’s continue to add depth, sign Nomar Mazara to minors deal
The Orioles are staying active in the Winter Meetings, as they have signed outfielder Nomar Mazara to a minor league deal. Our Stephen Heckman has all the details:
Orioles sign RHP Kyle Gibson to 1-year deal
The Orioles have signed right-hander Kyle Gibson to a one-year deal, pending a physical. Our Zack Bucklew has all the details:
O’s 3 big questions for 2023 season
With the offseason in full effect, our Stephen Heckman discusses three main questions the Orioles and their fans have heading into the 2023 season:
Why declining Lyles’ option is right move for O’s
The Orioles declined Jordan Lyles’ $11 million club option for 2023 on Wednesday. Our Jared Watson explains why this was the smart and correct move for Baltimore:
O’s claim outfielder Daz Cameron off waivers
The Orioles have started the offseason by claiming outfielder Daz Cameron off waivers from the Detroit Tigers. Our Stephen Heckman has all the details:
Baltimore Orioles 2022 season recap: Part 1 – Front office evaluation
The 2022 Baltimore Orioles had a year to remember, as they secured their first winning season since 2016! Our Zack Bucklew begins our four-part season recap reviewing the front office moves made prior to and during the season:
Grayson Rodriguez: Return of baseball’s top pitching prospect
After three long months, the top pitching prospect in baseball, Grayson Rodriguez, has returned to game action, making rehab starts at both High-A Aberdeen and Double-A Bowie! Our Stephen Heckman has all the details on the return of Gray-Rod:
O’s sign former Marlins slugger Jesús Aguilar to minor league deal
The Orioles have signed first baseman Jesús Aguilar to a minor league deal, placing him on the taxi squad! Our Justin Sutphin has the details:
O’s call-up top prospect Gunnar Henderson for postseason push
The Orioles are officially calling up top prospect Gunnar Henderson to the big leagues just in time for their postseason push! Our Stephen Heckman reports all the details:
Trade front goes quiet, it’s all about pitching depth
The O’s traded away two fan-favorites in Trey Mancini and Jorge López at the MLB Trade Deadline, but they recieved six prospect pitchers in the process. Our Steve Katz highlights O’s GM Mike Elias’ approach of restocking his pitching depth in the minors, while not adding to the big league club:
O’s draft selections: Day 3
The Orioles were once again pitcher-heavy on the final day of the 2022 MLB Draft! Stephen Heckman reports:
O’s draft selections: Day 2
The O’s went pitcher-heavy on Day Two of the MLB Draft, with sprinkles of college bats thrown in! Our Stephen Heckman reports:
And the No. 1 pick is…
The Orioles have the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s MLB Draft! Who will they select? Our Stephen Heckman reports:
O’s are at .500: Where to go from here
The Orioles have reached the .500 mark and have won nine straight games! But the question is – Where do the O’s go from here? Our Stephen Heckman reports:
Orioles claim relief pitcher Louis Head off waivers from Miami
The O’s and GM Mike Elias have added to an already impressive bullpen by claiming right-hander Louis Head off waivers from Miami. Justin Sutphin reports:
Jorge López: Trusting the process of baseball and life
It’s not been a smooth ride for O’s closer Jorge López in his big league career. But a change from rotation to bullpen, along with the inspiration of courage and bravery from his son Mikael, López has become one of the game’s best out of the bullpen in 2022. Stephen Heckman reports:
O’s Matt Harvey suspended 60 games by MLB
Orioles right-hander Matt Harvey has officially been suspended 60 games for distribution of a banned substance. Stephen Heckman reports:
Rutschman promotion mostly guesswork for now
Adley Rutschman’s promotion to the big leagues is quickly upon us! But when exactly will that day be? Steve Katz tells us how it’s anyone’s guess at this point in time:
The O’s two-headed hitting coach concept
The Orioles have scored just 12 runs in six games this season, and they have two hitting coaches. Steve Katz reports on the two-headed hitting coach concept:
Orioles re-sign Matt Harvey to minor league deal, trade Mason McCoy to Mariners
The Orioles have re-signed right-handed veteran Matt Harvey to a minor deal and have traded infielder Mason McCoy to the Seattle Mariners. Stephen Heckman reports:
Thoughts on first outing for Rodriguez, Correa contract & more
Grayson Rodriguez’s up and down outing, Carlos Correa’s unique contract and much more. Steve Katz reports:
O’s add catching depth, add Beau Taylor on minors deal
The O’s have added to their catching depth by signing Beau Taylor to a minor league deal. Stephen Heckman reports:
O’s sign veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos to 1-year deal
After the Orioles officially announced the signing of right-hander Jordan Lyles this evening, GM Mike Elias has made another depth move.
Thoughts on new CBA and free agent frenzy
The first question I had, after being thrilled to hear MLB’s owners and players had settled their differences Thursday, was: Why is it only a five-year agreement?
O’s, GM Mike Elias had interest in free agent Carlos Correa prior to lockout
Multiple sources have confirmed that the Orioles and GM Mike Elias had interest in free agent shortstop Carlos Correa prior to the MLB lockout. Would a deal to bring Correa to Baltimore make too much sense? Justin Sutphin reports:
Orioles begin 2022 with 5 players on Baseball America’s Top-100 Prospects
Anyone who has followed Orioles baseball since the hiring of GM Mike Elias has seen the incredible upturn of the once barren O’s farm system. And in the last three years, that farm system, quite literally, has gone from worst to first.
Orioles sign 24 international free agents during 2022 signing period
Only a couple of years ago, the Dan Duquette era of Orioles baseball did not “philosophically believe” in the international market. In just a few short years, this organization has turned the corner in a very good way under GM Mike Elias.
Orioles sign RHP Jordan Lyles to 1-year deal
In a last second move before the MLB work stoppage, the Orioles signed right-hander Jordan Lyles to a one-year deal, pending a physical.
O’s claim LHP Cionel Pérez off waivers
The Orioles now have a full 40-man roster, as they have claimed left-hander Cionel Pérez off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
OPINION-BASED: Back in 2018, the Baltimore Orioles entered one of the dreaded stretches any fan hates to hear: REBUILD.
O’s trade SS Freddy Galvis to Phillies for RHP Tyler Burch
In a day that everyone expected Paul Fry, Tanner Scott, and maybe Trey Mancini to be donning new colors, the big news of the day was Freddy Galvis getting traded to where he begin his career, the Philadelphia Phillies.
O’s claim LHP Ryan Hartman off waivers from Houston
Shortly after the news of Shawn Armstrong being traded to Tampa Bay, Orioles GM Mike Elias stepped in to fill the open spot on the 40-man roster. This time, it’s a former Elias draft pick, LHP Ryan Hartman.
O’s trade Shawn Armstrong to Rays for cash considerations
Wow, what a trade deadline we are seeing! Some of the biggest names and biggest teams have been all over the baseball media the last few days, and we have a few more hours left!
Are we there yet?
Baltimore Orioles fans experienced a return of magic to the Charmed City for a period of five years, from 2012-2017. There was Chris Davis crushing home runs, Chris Tillman defying sabremetrics, and a 20-year-old kid, who made playing third base as natural as Brooks Robinson made it look. There was a Division Title, two WildContinue reading “Are we there yet?”
Orioles No. 2 prospect Grayson Rodriguez promoted to Double-A Bowie
Finally, some good news! In an appearance on 105.7 The Fan Friday morning, Orioles GM Mike Elias announced that Grayson Rodriguez, the organization’s No. 2 prospect, will make the jump from High-A Aberdeen to Double-A Bowie for his next start.
SpringNotes 2021: Edition 3
With Opening Day in our sights, there are a few things O’s fans should know before the start of the 2021 season. This is the third edition of SpringNotes!
Mike Elias snags Angels’ 7th overall prospect in Alex Cobb trade
Since his arrival, Mike Elias has been all about replenishing the farm system here in Baltimore. In order to do that, trading away some pieces that don’t fit the plan is necessary, and 33-year-old Alex Cobb is the next guy on Elias’ list to go, as he is heading to the Angels. In exchange, theContinue reading “Mike Elias snags Angels’ 7th overall prospect in Alex Cobb trade”
Orioles 2020 Season Recap: Part 3 – Front Office moves
The 2020 MLB season was one we have never experienced before, and as fans and players alike, we hope it’s one we never see again. However, baseball was still played, and here at The Baltimore Battery, we have come to give readers an extensive breakdown of the 2020 Baltimore Orioles’ season!
Orioles send Rule 5 picks Bailey and Rucker back to old teams; other roster moves
The first Friday in March saw a few moves for the Baltimore Orioles, a couple of them questionable. First let’s start with the players moved to minor league camps.
Orioles sign catcher Davis and righty Rodgers to minors deals
The Orioles continue to add depth to the organization, as the team announced Thursday that they have signed catcher Taylor Davis and right-handed pitcher Brady Rodgers to minor league contracts.
Monday Thoughts: Edition 2
Week of January 13, 2020: Happy Monday, everyone! Welcome to the second edition of Monday Thoughts! Last week, we talked about the Orioles still not having their veteran middle infielder. Well, they found him (about 15 minutes after my posting of Edition 1), and his name is Jose Iglesias! Let’s start this week’s edition withContinue reading “Monday Thoughts: Edition 2”
Elias makes more cuts; Clark, Beyeler, and Wasdin won’t return to Orioles in 2020
With the offseason just starting for the Baltimore Orioles, General Manager Mike Elias has already been a busy man. It has been announced that assistant hitting coach Howie Clark, bullpen coach John Wasdin, and first base coach/outfield instructor Arnie Beyeler have been dismissed from their duties.