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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Guess we can all stop wondering what the New York Yankees are going to do with the $25 million annual increase in their national television revenues. They spent almost that much per year on Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka , if you combine their reported seven-year, $155 million deal with the $20 million posting fee they must pay to Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles to pry him out of his existing contract. That's just crazy, of course, but why should anyone be surprised? Not only did the Yankees get that boost from the new national TV contracts that kick in this season, but they also will save about that much if Alex Rodriguez and his lawyers don't find a federal judge to strike down his one-year Biogenesis suspension.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
I don't really have cute in me today. This is the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's local sports headlines. - Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal broke American hearts last night with a late equalizer to give the U.S. a 2-2 draw . As always, hit up our World Cup guide for all your information, and read how the U.S. can still advance here. - The Orioles proved to be the first team who could figure out Masahiro Tanaka, with an 8-0 rout Sunday . Chris Tillman gave the team seven shutout innings, and Caleb Joseph hit his first home run . - Zach Britton offered some perspective on the I-95 shuttle Kevin Gausman is enduring this year . - With mandatory minicamp in the rear view, we have news, notes and observations on the Ravens.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2014
NEW YORK -- It may have started in gut-punching fashion, but the Orioles left the Bronx on Sunday night feeling like they had just accomplished something significant. Not only did they dominate in Sunday's rubber match with an 8-0 blowout of the New York Yankees, but they beat pitching sensation Masahiro Tanaka and captured the series even after losing Friday night on a walkoff homer in the ninth inning. “It's huge, especially with being a division game on the road,” Orioles designated hitter Steve Pearce said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2014
NEW YORK -- It may have started in gut-punching fashion, but the Orioles left the Bronx on Sunday night feeling like they had just accomplished something significant. Not only did they dominate in Sunday's rubber match with an 8-0 blowout of the New York Yankees, but they beat pitching sensation Masahiro Tanaka and captured the series even after losing Friday night on a walkoff homer in the ninth inning. “It's huge, especially with being a division game on the road,” Orioles designated hitter Steve Pearce said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
NEW YORK -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones made headlines for his frank comments about fans who storm onto the field during games , as happened in the eighth inning Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Jones' comments have become a national story, prompting discussion on player safety in the game. Meanwhile, Major League Baseball is reviewing Jones' comments, an MLB spokesperson told The Baltimore Sun this afternoon. That's not the only place Jones has been seen over the past 24 hours.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
I don't really have cute in me today. This is the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's local sports headlines. - Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal broke American hearts last night with a late equalizer to give the U.S. a 2-2 draw . As always, hit up our World Cup guide for all your information, and read how the U.S. can still advance here. - The Orioles proved to be the first team who could figure out Masahiro Tanaka, with an 8-0 rout Sunday . Chris Tillman gave the team seven shutout innings, and Caleb Joseph hit his first home run . - Zach Britton offered some perspective on the I-95 shuttle Kevin Gausman is enduring this year . - With mandatory minicamp in the rear view, we have news, notes and observations on the Ravens.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Grant Balfour will be pitching in the American League East after all. And he'll have up to 19 chances in 2014 to show a little “Balfour Rage” against the Orioles, the team that spiked a free-agent deal with him in December. The 36-year-old Australian right-hander signed a two-year deal Thursday with the Tampa Bay Rays, one of his former teams, that is reportedly worth $12 million total. Balfour had converted 62 of 67 save opportunities since becoming the Oakland Athletics' full-time closer in 2012.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
Christmas may be over, but the Orioles still have plenty of items left on their offseason shopping list. There are seven weeks until pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota for spring training, and the club has plenty of holes to fill. A lot has been written in this space recently about the Orioles' closer situation after they stepped away from a two-year, $15-million deal with free agent Grant Balfour over concerns with his physical. But given the team's other needs - a starting pitcher and another bat - closer might not be the Orioles' biggest priority, even if it does seem to be its biggest hole.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
The Orioles have money to spend - perhaps as much as $17 million for this upcoming season - and are still looking to do so, according to the club's top executive. Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the New York Yankees on Wednesday as the free-agent market appeared to open for a second act. The ongoing negotiations with Tanaka - which did not include the Orioles, who never agreed to pay the $20 million posting fee to talk with him - seemingly had held free agency hostage after a flurry of activity in early December.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
The bidding for Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka ends on Jan. 24. The Orioles won't be in on it. Tanaka, who is 25 and was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League last season, is probably in line for a seven-year contract that will push well above $100 million. Considering the Orioles have never gone beyond three years for a MLB free-agent pitcher, Tanaka is well out of their comfort zone. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said that - point blank - earlier this month.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
NEW YORK -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones made headlines for his frank comments about fans who storm onto the field during games , as happened in the eighth inning Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Jones' comments have become a national story, prompting discussion on player safety in the game. Meanwhile, Major League Baseball is reviewing Jones' comments, an MLB spokesperson told The Baltimore Sun this afternoon. That's not the only place Jones has been seen over the past 24 hours.
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Peter Schmuck | February 25, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. - Maybe Dan Duquette knew it all along, though if that were really the case, he isn't letting on. It certainly appears that he played the new "qualified" free agent system like a Stradivarius to pick up solid starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and slugger Nelson Cruz in a played-out market. He waited and weathered a frustrating winter during which he appeared to be playing a dangerous game with the hard-earned loyalty of a once disaffected fan base. He spent three months looking like a guy with all the wrong phone numbers and listening to a steady drumbeat of media criticism.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Even though the Orioles handed out a historic four-year deal to right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, the club believes it has gotten a deal given the money being handed out on the free-agent market. As much as fans in Baltimore have railed that they'll never see the Orioles open their wallets for a high-profile free agent, today is their day. Jimenez's deal is worth roughly $50 million. He is the fifth free-agent starter to receive a deal of four years or more, but out of the five, his $12.5 million average annual salary is comparable to the others.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Grant Balfour will be pitching in the American League East after all. And he'll have up to 19 chances in 2014 to show a little “Balfour Rage” against the Orioles, the team that spiked a free-agent deal with him in December. The 36-year-old Australian right-hander signed a two-year deal Thursday with the Tampa Bay Rays, one of his former teams, that is reportedly worth $12 million total. Balfour had converted 62 of 67 save opportunities since becoming the Oakland Athletics' full-time closer in 2012.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Guess we can all stop wondering what the New York Yankees are going to do with the $25 million annual increase in their national television revenues. They spent almost that much per year on Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka , if you combine their reported seven-year, $155 million deal with the $20 million posting fee they must pay to Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles to pry him out of his existing contract. That's just crazy, of course, but why should anyone be surprised? Not only did the Yankees get that boost from the new national TV contracts that kick in this season, but they also will save about that much if Alex Rodriguez and his lawyers don't find a federal judge to strike down his one-year Biogenesis suspension.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
The Orioles have money to spend - perhaps as much as $17 million for this upcoming season - and are still looking to do so, according to the club's top executive. Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the New York Yankees on Wednesday as the free-agent market appeared to open for a second act. The ongoing negotiations with Tanaka - which did not include the Orioles, who never agreed to pay the $20 million posting fee to talk with him - seemingly had held free agency hostage after a flurry of activity in early December.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Even though the Orioles handed out a historic four-year deal to right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, the club believes it has gotten a deal given the money being handed out on the free-agent market. As much as fans in Baltimore have railed that they'll never see the Orioles open their wallets for a high-profile free agent, today is their day. Jimenez's deal is worth roughly $50 million. He is the fifth free-agent starter to receive a deal of four years or more, but out of the five, his $12.5 million average annual salary is comparable to the others.
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Peter Schmuck | February 25, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. - Maybe Dan Duquette knew it all along, though if that were really the case, he isn't letting on. It certainly appears that he played the new "qualified" free agent system like a Stradivarius to pick up solid starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and slugger Nelson Cruz in a played-out market. He waited and weathered a frustrating winter during which he appeared to be playing a dangerous game with the hard-earned loyalty of a once disaffected fan base. He spent three months looking like a guy with all the wrong phone numbers and listening to a steady drumbeat of media criticism.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
The bidding for Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka ends on Jan. 24. The Orioles won't be in on it. Tanaka, who is 25 and was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League last season, is probably in line for a seven-year contract that will push well above $100 million. Considering the Orioles have never gone beyond three years for a MLB free-agent pitcher, Tanaka is well out of their comfort zone. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said that - point blank - earlier this month.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
Christmas may be over, but the Orioles still have plenty of items left on their offseason shopping list. There are seven weeks until pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota for spring training, and the club has plenty of holes to fill. A lot has been written in this space recently about the Orioles' closer situation after they stepped away from a two-year, $15-million deal with free agent Grant Balfour over concerns with his physical. But given the team's other needs - a starting pitcher and another bat - closer might not be the Orioles' biggest priority, even if it does seem to be its biggest hole.
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