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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
The Orioles and representatives for free agent right-handed pitcher Brett Myers have not had any conversations since the groups arrived in Nashville on Sunday night and no meetings have been set up at this point. If the Orioles have any interest in Myers, as was reported Sunday by FoxSports.com, it would be considered minimal and preliminary, the source said. That could change as the market develops, but at this point the 32-year-old Myers does not seem to be a priority for the Orioles.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
BOSTON  -  Orioles executive director of international recruiting Fred Ferreira plucked Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez from the Mexican League, signed him to a minor league free-agent deal and saw him blossom into a major league starting pitcher. Now he hopes another pitcher - ironically, one with the same name - can reach the same heights. The Orioles have signed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, an 18-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, to an international free-agent deal.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | April 30, 2012
The Ravens won't announce their latest undrafted free agent class until the players officially pass physicals and sign contracts, which will happen at some point before the start of the rookie mini-camp in the second week of May. But most - if not all of the names have come out and been confirmed - either on the player's Twitter accounts, by their college athletic departments or in media reports. Below are the undrafted free agents on the defensive side of the ball. The offensive players were discussed in a follow-up entry.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
The Ravens' Justin Tucker has not only been one of the league's best kickers in his first two seasons in the NFL, he's also been one of its bigger bargains. Such is life when you originally make the team as an undrafted free agent. Tucker, who beat out Billy Cundiff for the kicking job as a rookie, signed a three-year, $1.44 million deal with the Ravens before the 2012 season. He's due a base salary of $570,000 in 2014, the final year of the deal, and then he could potentially be a restricted free agent next offseason.
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By Matt Vensel | March 13, 2012
We're two hours into free agency and the national news continues to come fast and furious. Now we have a bit of Ravens news being reported by a pair of national outlets. CBS Sports reports that Ben Grubbs will meet with the New Orleans Saints tomorrow. ESPN says that Cory Redding is visiting the Indianapolis Colts tonight. Grubbs is widely regarded as the second-best guard in free agency behind Carl Nicks, who was a Pro Bowl player for the Saints in 2011. The fact that Grubbs is reportedly visiting the Saints suggests that Nicks and the Saints are headed to Splitsville.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2010
In the Andy MacPhail era, which is marking its fourth offseason this winter, the Orioles have never been a major player in free agency, preferring to give shorter, more conservative contracts to role players and former stars looking for resurgence. The largest free-agent deal the Orioles have doled out since MacPhail took over as president of baseball operations in June 2007 was the two-year, $12 million contract signed by reliever Michael Gonzalez last winter. This offseason, that philosophy could change, albeit slightly, because MacPhail and the Orioles are searching for a legitimate power bat — and that could be pricey.
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The Washington Post | December 28, 2012
That the Boston Red Sox are talking to free-agent outfielder Adam LaRoche, which was reported Wednesday, isn't exactly new. The Red Sox were among a handful of teams - the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays also on that list - that had contact with the former Washington National earlier in the winter. But that the Red Sox, presumably in more advanced discussions than before, are back in the conversation is an interesting development in the free agency of LaRoche, and for various reasons.
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By Dan Connolly | December 12, 2011
The Orioles have decided to non-tender Jo-Jo Reyes, allowing him to become a free agent. Reyes was snagged off the waiver wire from the Toronto Blue Jays at midseason and posted a 6.16 ERA for the Orioles in nine games (five starts). With the acquisition of Dana Eveland last week, and the Orioles' interest in other starting pitchers in the market, Reyes, 27, became expendable. The Orioles also have non-tendered Luke Scott, though they hope to bring him back at a salary lesser than the $6.4 million he made in 2011.
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By Sports Digest | March 17, 2010
The Washington Mystics signed free agent Katie Smith , whom general manager Angela Taylor called "the LeBron James of this free-agency process" and "the Wilt Chamberlain or the Michael Jordan of the WNBA." Smith, 35, is the third-leading scorer in WNBA history and, when points from the American Basketball League are added in, the highest scorer in U.S. women's professional basketball. The 5-foot-11 guard helped the Detroit Shock win two WNBA championships and was the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 Finals.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | March 20, 2012
Free agent defensive end Mark Anderson, who had 12 1/2 sacks in 19 games for the New England Patriots last season, was at the Ravens complex in Owings Mills today to meet with team officials, according to league sources. It's unclear if the Ravens made him a contract offer, but Anderson would certainly help upgrade the Ravens' pass rush, which was one of general manager Ozzie Newsome's offseason priorities. Anderson could replace starting defensive end Cory Redding, who signed a free agent deal with the Indianapolis Colts last week, or the Ravens could use him as an outside pass rusher and replacement for Jarret Johnson, who signed with the San Diego Chargers last week.
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By Cody Goodwin, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Owen Daniels remembers one of the first times he went on camera to deliver the weather. For a guy who makes his living on the football field, it was a nerve-racking experience. Like most first-timers, he said, he butchered his performance, blaming it, in part, on the lack of a teleprompter. But he improved with practice and discovered that his career in the NFL could open doors to experience the world of meteorology, his other passion. Before Super Bowl XLVIII earlier this year, Daniels, a 6-foot-3, 249-pound, two-time Pro Bowl tight end who signed with the Ravens in early April, didn't strap on his pads to play in the big game, as he definitely would have preferred.
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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 Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - From the first time Nelson Cruz stepped into the batter's box at Camden Yards this season, he has heard that unmistakable sound from the home crowd - the long, steady chant of his last name. With the success he has had so far this season, the Orioles outfielder has heard the cheer many times, but he still takes it in each time. It's a reminder of the twisted road he has taken through his major league career, a journey driven by hard work that has now landed in Baltimore, where he's emerged as one of the top offensive players in baseball.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
The timing couldn't have been much worse for offensive tackle James Hurst when he broke his left leg during North Carolina's bowl game in late December. As a senior last season, Hurst was projected by draft analysts to land in either the second or third round, until he got hurt. Because of the injury, Hurst could not play in the Senior Bowl or participate in the NFL scouting combine. And he still wasn't 100 percent by his pro day workout this spring. If not for that unfortunate set of circumstances, Hurst probably would have been drafted instead of being signed to a free-agent deal by the Ravens this week.
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Sports Digest | May 13, 2014
Maryland linebacker Marcus Whitfield and cornerback Isaac Goins , Towson offensive lineman Eric Pike and Morgan State offensive lineman Karim Barton were among the undrafted area players who signed free-agent contracts with teams this weekend. Whitfield signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Goins with the Miami Dolphins, Pike with the Indianapolis Colts and Barton with the Philadelphia Eagles. Meanwhile, Towson cornerback Jordan Love was invited to participate in New England Patriots rookie minicamp.
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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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By Jeff Zrebiec | March 14, 2012
Cory Redding became the first Ravens' free agent to find a new home today as the veteran defensive end agreed to a three-year, $10.5 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts. The deal was first reported by ESPN. In Indianapolis, Redding will reunite with Chuck Pagano, the Colts' head coach who was the Ravens' defensive coordinator this past season. Pagano is installing a 3-4 hybrid defense in Indianapolis, and it was expected that the he would go after a couple of his former players that have flourished in the system.
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By Aaron Wilson and Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
With little salary cap room and other priorities, the Ravens knew that they'd lose several key contributors from the team that beat the San Francisco 49ers last month to win Super Bowl XLVII. Their first free agent defection came less than an hour after the market opened today as outside linebacker Paul Kruger agreed to terms on a five-year deal with the Cleveland Browns worth $40 million, according to league sources. Kruger's loss was expected after the 27-year-old linebacker had a breakout 2012-13 season, leading the Ravens with nine sacks to go along with 42 tackles, one interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
Ubaldo Jimenez's baseball career is well-documented. His ups and downs in the major leagues have been thoroughly dissected. A wunderkind who once was among baseball's best young pitchers, Jimenez's career trajectory plummeted dramatically in the past few seasons before he resuscitated it with a tremendous second half last year. And that led the Orioles to give the 30-year-old right-hander a four-year, $50 million deal, the most lucrative contract the club has ever handed out to a free-agent pitcher.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
- As Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette sat in his office at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on a sunny afternoon earlier this month, overlooking a well-manicured cloverleaf of fields, a bitter winter seemed like an eternity ago in more ways than one. Duquette and the Orioles went through a relatively stagnant offseason that left fans frustrated and experts predicting a fifth-place finish in the American League East. He had to defend the lack of moves as recently as the first day of February at the team's FanFest event, promising that the Orioles wouldn't go into Opening Day without improving the club.
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