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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 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 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 | 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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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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Sports Digest | March 14, 2014
Et cetera Horse owner Arnold Heft dies; he pitched in minors, co-owned Bullets Arnold Heft , a longtime horse owner who pitched for the minor league Orioles in 1938, refereed in the NBA from 1945 to 1961 and co-owned the Baltimore Bullets from 1964 to 1968, died in his sleep Wednesday night at Sunrise at Fox Hill Senior Living Facility in Bethesda. He was 94. Heft pitched four minor league seasons, finishing with a 30-25 record, including 22 victories for Owensboro in the D League in 1941.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Ervin Santana sweepstakes have come to a conclusion. After being courted heavily by the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays recently, Santana has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves, the club announced Wednesday. The deal is reportedly worth $14.1 million, the amount of the qualifying offer he rejected from the Kansas City Royals in the offseason. The longer Santana remained unsigned this week -- especially after the Orioles and Blue Jays emerged as frontrunners over the weekend -- it appeared that the 31-year-old would eventually go to the Braves, who suddenly need rotation help after injuries to starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
With the Orioles adding free agents during spring training, The Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck joins CineSport's Noah Coslov talk about the impact the moves are having on the players.
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Peter Schmuck | March 8, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. - If you want another indication of how the landscape has changed over the past month at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, consider the Orioles' Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon. It was just another exhibition game, or so it seemed. The Orioles play 30 of them and - for the most part - they don't generate a whole lot of buzz, unless a marquee player gets hurt or something really strange makes its way onto the SportsCenter rail. Neither of those things happened on Saturday, but it was an afternoon on high alert after news started to trickle out that free-agent pitcher Ervin Santana had reduced his contract demands and was about to choose his new team from a very short list that included the Orioles.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
Every offseason, there is handwringing about who the Ravens lose, and that will likely start again on March 11 when free agency opens and guys like Arthur Jones , James Ihedigbo and Michael Oher likely become the latest players to join the annual offseason exodus out of the organization. But here's a question worth pondering: how many times have the Ravens actually lost a player or potential free agent that they made a significant effort to keep? It's happened before, but not often.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
The Ravens continue to engage in contract talks with tight end Dennis Pitta and have made him a major negotiating priority as they urgently try to lock up the pending unrestricted free agent, according to league sources. No deal is imminent, though, as negotiations remain active, according to a source. Pitta's representatives met with Ravens vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty on Saturday at the NFL scouting combine, per a source. When reached for comment, Pitta's agent, Justin Schulman, declined to comment on negotiations.
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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 Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles' sudden spring training spending spree continued Saturday as the club agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, according to industry sources. The deal, which is pending a physical and was first reported by ESPN Deportes, is worth $8 million with $750,000 in incentives, according to a source. After spending much of the offseason in a holding pattern, the Orioles' acquisition of Cruz would be their third free-agent acquisition in a little more than a week, raising their projected Opening Day payroll to approximately $105 million - the highest in franchise history - and addressing two of their biggest offseason needs.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - The ink has only just dried on the Orioles' monumental four-year deal with starter Ubaldo Jimenez, but the club remains interested in acquiring at least one other big-ticket free agent. The Orioles have intensified their pursuit of free-agent designated hitter Kendrys Morales and right-handed starter Ervin Santana, according to industry sources. The club has been linked to both players throughout the offseason, but did not appear to be in serious negotiations recently as Jimenez signed a four-year, $50 million deal, the largest and longest contract given to a free-agent pitcher in franchise history.
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