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March 9, 2012
In the last installment of our position-by-position free agency primers, we will look at the safeties. The Ravens will likely have holes to fill at safety, but they aren't going to be in the market for a high-priced free agent, not with Ed Reed returning in 2012 and not after strong safety Bernard Pollard fit in so well in his first season in Baltimore. But Haruki Nakamura and Tom Zbikowski, reserve safeties whom the team drafted in 2008, are free agents and could leave for expanded roles elsewhere.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
It may be the oddest timing for a contract extension announcement in recent memory - on the eve of the first American League Championship Series game at Camden Yards in 17 years and just weeks away from free agency. But the Orioles took care of a major chunk of offseason business Thursday by agreeing to a three-year deal worth $40 million with shortstop J.J. Hardy. He's locked up through 2017 with a team option for 2018. “Is there ever a bad time to announce J.J. continuing as an Oriole?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2012
The bidding war for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is about to begin. The 26-year-old Cuban defector was granted free agency Wednesday by Major League Baseball, meaning teams can begin contract negotiations. This week, Cespedes established Dominican residency, which was the major hurdle for him to become a free agent. The Orioles are one of six teams -- along with the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Tigers, and Indians -- that Cespedes recently said have shown the most interest in him. Baltimore is indeed interested.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2014
NEW YORK - Shortstop J.J. Hardy reiterated after Monday's game that he would like to remain in an Orioles uniform for the rest of his career following reports out of New York that said the pending free agent would consider signing with the Yankees. Hardy has long made his desire to remain in Baltimore clear. He likes playing for manager Buck Showalter and enjoys the clubhouse chemistry that he has built. Since the Orioles acquired him in a trade with the Minnesota Twins after the 2010 season, he has been an instrumental part of the team's transformation from doormat to division champion.
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By Matt Vensel | March 22, 2012
Maybe it's because I was a star mathlete in high school, but I love numbers. And we've spent plenty of time crunching them these past 10 days while waiting for the Ravens to make moves -- or purposefully not make moves -- in the new league year. Here is a handful of relevant numbers from this quiet free-agency period: $120.6 million: The salary cap ceiling for teams (excluding the Cowboys and Redskins), slightly up from 2011. $4.7 million: The amount of cap room the Ravens had available for purchases as of Wednesday morning.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
Relatively quiet over the first 10 days of free agency, the Ravens dipped into the open market [Friday], signing four players in moves that will upgrade the team's linebacking and secondary depth and bolster special teams coverage units that struggled last season. The Ravens' biggest move was re-signing Jameel McClain, a starting inside linebacker the past two seasons, to a three-year deal. They also re-signed veteran linebacker and long-time special teams standout Brendon Ayanbadejo to a three-year pact, and agreed to terms with defensive backs Corey Graham and Sean Considine.
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By Matt Vensel | March 7, 2012
Unless you count Mario Williams , a defensive end who can also play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, there won't be any marquee lineback ers available in free agency this offseason . But there are a handful of solid start ers -- including a pair of Ravens -- scheduled to be available in a deep class of free agent lineback ers. Jarret Johnson, who has spent nine years with the Ravens, is among the top outside linebackers this...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2012
Orioles lefty Dana Eveland and catcher Ronny Paulino have both elected free agency, an industry source has confirmed. The move is pretty routine for veteran players not on a team's 40-man roster, as is the case for both Eveland and Paulino. They can test the free agent market, but the door is not closed in terms of them re-signing with the Orioles. Eveland, one of the first acquisitions of executive vice president Dan Duquette last offseason, was a rare spot starter and long reliever for the Orioles, going 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA in 14 major league appearance (two starts)
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By Aaron Wilson and Jeff Zrebiec | March 11, 2014
Check in here throughout the afternoon and evening to get the latest news from what's happening around the NFL and how it affects the Ravens. 8:32 p.m.:  Eugene Monroe's contract means the Ravens have a new salary cap figure to work with. Take a look at the numbers here .  6:05 p.m.: With the uncertainty surrounding Ray Rice's legal issues and Bernard Pierce coming off offseason shoulder surgery, the Ravens are keeping tabs on the running back market. But there's no rush.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2012
Free agency began four weeks ago today (though after waiting days and days and days for the Ravens to make moves, it feels like it started four months ago). The Ravens lost three starters during the first week of free agency and a few reserves. But they locked down a pair of promising, young defenders in cornerback Lardarius Webb and linebacker Jameel McClain. That's how the Ravens make a splash. The Ravens don't have much salary cap space, but they say they aren't done signing players.
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Peter Schmuck | July 31, 2014
If reports are true that the Oakland Athletics have made their second blockbuster deal of the summer and sent Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes, then there's really only one way to look at the situation: A's president Billy Beane has decided that it's now or never. He's already traded for starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, so this deal will complete an overhaul of his starting rotation during a season in which the A's already had one of the most effective pitching staffs in the game.
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By Aaron Dodson, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2014
All Ian Chiles wanted, whether he was drafted or not, was a chance to play in the NBA. The 7-foot-2, 260-pound former Morgan State center didn't hear his named called during the NBA draft June 26, but soon he'll get his long-awaited chance to play for an NBA team. On Monday, the Washington Wizards named Chiles to the team's 16-man roster for the Las Vegas Summer League, which begins Friday. The news came as a surprise to Ian's father, who knew the Wizards were considering his son but was unsure whether he'd make it. "I didn't know whether he made it or it was a tryout," Joel Chiles said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2014
NEW YORK -- The Orioles have signed 37-year-old left-hander Randy Wolf to a minor league contract and have sent him to Triple-A Norfolk, where he likely will work in the rotation. Wolf pitched five games and made two starts for the Orioles in 2012 before tearing a ligament in his elbow. He sat out all of last season with his second Tommy John surgery, but he made a comeback this year, going 1-3 with a 5.26 ERA in six games (four starts) with the Miami Marlins. He was designated for assignment Monday by the Marlins and granted free agency Wednesday.
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Mike Preston | June 2, 2014
In the past, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has been able to add some quality players in the second phase of free agency because of patience, and that won't change in 2014. In 2011, the Ravens added left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie shortly before the season began and last year signed inside linebacker Daryl Smith on June 5. Smith went on to lead the team in tackles last season with 123. As of Monday, the Ravens were quite comfortable with their 90-player roster. "Basically, most of the players have been pored over and picked through," Newsome said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Monday he wouldn't be engaging in contract extension talks with any players during the season -- meaning the future of pending free agents J.J. Hardy , Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis will be on hold until after this season ends. “We're not going to be exploring any extensions during the season. We are focused on the club during the season,” Duquette said. “Once the season starts, I think it benefits the team and the players and the fans to keep the focus on the field and the players on the field.” In May 2012, Duquette reached a six-year contract extension with center fielder Adam Jones.
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April 10, 2014
Got a question about the Ravens that you've been itching to ask? Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston will be doing an offseason mailbag to answer some of your inquiries about the makeup of the roster heading into organized team activities, the upcoming draft, free agency and any other topic you'd like to tackle. Email your question to sports@baltimoresun.com , and it could appear in the piece.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
The Ravens have arrived at a rare moment in franchise history. When free agency starts at 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Ravens will have the most financial flexibility they've had since coach John Harbaugh was hired six years ago. The Ravens are carrying $21.987 million in salary cap space, according to NFL Players Association figures. Only 12 other NFL teams have more room under the league limit of $133 million. The Ravens now have plenty of spending power should they choose to veer slightly from their usual tradition of bargain-hunting.
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By Childs Walker and Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
Leave it to Adam Jones to cut past any bromides about staying in the moment. "It is going to be dicey to see what goes on in the next year, year and a half," says the Orioles' All-Star center fielder, preparing for another day's work at the club's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla. "It will be real interesting this offseason, to be honest, because you have people being free agents and going into free agency [the following year]. " Maybe it seems premature to fret about the future when the present seems so promising for the 2014 Orioles, who evoke memories of past Baltimore contenders with their combination of power, sound glovework and young pitching.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
From a football standpoint, I don't think the upgraded charge on running back  Ray Rice  changes things too much. The Ravens planned on adding at least one running back before Rice's legal issues began and once they did, they were prepared for the possibility that even when the situation gets resolved, Rice would likely be facing some sort of NFL suspension. However, with all that being said, they better get moving unless they are just resigned to drafting a back in the middle to late rounds.
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