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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1997
The Orioles can complete a coup in this year's just-completed amateur draft but will have to overcome history and an opening salvo of heated rhetoric with the agent for super-talented, two-sport athlete Darnell McDonald to do so.After taking catcher Jayson Werth with the No. 22 overall pick Tuesday, the Orioles followed up four spots later by selecting McDonald, a player many teams coveted but considered unsignable. The only team with two first-round choices, the Orioles used their flexibility to take a chance on the center fielder/running back.
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By From Sun news services | January 3, 2009
Gators' Harvin to play in national title game col. football Playmaker Percy Harvin is good to go for No. 1 Florida's national championship matchup against No. 2 Oklahoma on Thursday, Gators coach Urban Meyer said. "Oh, he's playing," Meyer said. "Unless there's a setback. He's good. He should practice [today]." Harvin was slowed during the regular season by a high ankle sprain that kept him out of the Southeastern Conference championship game against Alabama. The running back-wide receiver has 16 touchdowns and 1,133 yards of total offense in 11 games.
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By Jim Henneman | February 25, 1991
SARASOTA, Fla. -- It isn't unusual for Gregg Olson to be unsigned for the coming season, but there's a better explanation for it this year.Jeff Moorad, his agent, got married Feb. 9, which is enough on its own to slow negotiations. What made this special was that Moorad married the former Jan Johnson -- Olson's sister-in-law."It was an all-star wedding," said Olson's wife, Jill, who introduced the two via long distance. The guest list included several million dollars worth of athletes who are Moorad clients, including Olson, Cory Snyder of the White Sox and Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | January 24, 2003
Handed another lemon when free-agent catcher Ivan Rodriguez rejected their last offer, the Orioles might be better served if they stop trying to make lemonade. Maybe they should settle for not getting squirted in the eye. But two days of negotiations with agent Jeff Moorad at the B&O warehouse could produce something other than frustration after Rodriguez signed Wednesday with the Florida Marlins. Though unable to reach an agreement with one of the market's highest-profile players, the Orioles at least had an opportunity to consider their interest in two other Moorad clients, infielder John Valentin and pitcher Rick Helling.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | December 29, 2001
The agent for outfielder Juan Gonzalez confirmed last night that the Orioles have engaged in "very preliminary discussions" about signing the two-time Most Valuable Player, with no offer being made thus far. Jeff Moorad has informed all interested teams that talks involving Gonzalez, who became a free agent after his one-year deal expired with the Cleveland Indians, won't resume until after Tuesday. "The Orioles are one of the teams that I've communicated that to," Moorad said. Moorad wouldn't elaborate on negotiations with other clubs, but an industry source said the agent has received two firm offers for Gonzalez, with the New York Mets believed to be one of the teams.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | November 21, 1993
Negotiations between the Orioles and Will Clark, which appeared to be moving smoothly yesterday afternoon, suddenly hit a snag last night."We broke off discussions, certainly for the night, and have no definitive plans to meet," said Jeff Moorad, Clark's agent who earlier in the day had been optimistic. "We broke down."Both sides had been guarded after the first of two meetings yesterday, but the extent of the discussions was evidence that talks had reached a serious stage. After that early meeting, Moorad didn't say he felt a deal could be cut this weekend, but neither he nor general manager Roland Hemond ruled out the possibility.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | January 10, 1994
Gregg Olson has received a "significant proposal" from the California Angels, but it apparently contains little if any guarantees and won't interfere with the free-agent reliever's continued negotiations with the Orioles.HTC Jeff Moorad, the agent who represents Olson, met with the Angels on Friday, but the reliever did not participate in the talks."We had a discussion of how Gregg might fit into the Angels' plans for the future," said Moorad, "and the result was what I would consider a significant multi-year proposal."
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | December 30, 1993
Free-agent relief pitcher Gregg Olson has drawn interest from a number of other teams, but contract negotiations with the Orioles are set to resume next week.Agent Jeff Moorad has indicated that there is significant outside interest in Olson, who was left untendered by the Orioles on Dec. 20 because of the uncertain condition of his injured pitching elbow. Though other clubs figured to be equally wary of his physical condition, 10 teams reportedly have expressed at least mild interest, and the California Angels are expected to present an offer soon.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | February 10, 1994
Gregg Olson cleaned out his locker at Camden Yards yesterday, said goodbye to several public relations employees, left personal thank-you notes for others. It was a heartbreaking scene, and judging by the contract Olson signed with Atlanta, it should never have taken place.A $500,000 guarantee, $1 million for being on the Opening Day roster, incentives that could push his total salary to $3.5 million. Owner Peter Angelos said the Orioles would have leaped at that deal if Olson's agent, Jeff Moorad, had been agreeable to it on Dec. 20, the deadline for offering the reliever a contract.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Writer | February 5, 1994
Free-agent reliever Gregg Olson worked out at Yankee Stadium yesterday morning, but he apparently did not throw hard enough for New York officials to draw any conclusions about his physical condition."
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | January 10, 2003
The Orioles have played hardball with Ivan Rodriguez in recent weeks, and while he's trying to remain patient, the free-agent catcher vented a little frustration yesterday. Rodriguez is a 10-time All-Star and a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, but now he's having trouble getting David Segui money. The Orioles have yet to budge with Rodriguez after offering a three-year contract worth about $18 million. The Chicago Cubs made a similar offer last month, but those talks also have stalled, and no other team has emerged as a threat to steal Rodriguez from this depressed marketplace.
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By Peter Schmuck | December 22, 2002
Free-agent catcher Ivan Rodriguez is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He filed for free agency the year that baseball finally decided to display some fiscal responsibility, and now he has to decide if his pride really will goeth before the fall. The bidding has been so light that agent Jeff Moorad is hinting that the 10-time Gold Glove Award winner may give up on major-league baseball and try to sign with a Japanese team. The Orioles had been the most interested party, but Rodriguez and Moorad were so insulted by the club's recent multi-year offer that they backed away from further negotiations.
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By JOE CHRISTENSEN and JOE CHRISTENSEN,SUN STAFF | December 15, 2002
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Orioles continued to concentrate their attention on signing free-agent catcher Ivan Rodriguez yesterday, discussing the length of a potential contract with agent Jeff Moorad without making an actual offer. Orioles executive vice president Jim Beattie shot down a report that the club offered Rodriguez a three-year $36 million contract. "We have not made an offer" Beattie said, "and we both agreed that we'll continue to talk." Beattie said the discussions could last through the winter meetings and go into next week.
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By FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM | December 4, 2002
ARLINGTON, Texas - The clock ticks for the Texas Rangers and Ivan Rodriguez. The Rangers could be less than a week away from severing all ties with their All-Star catcher. To keep Rodriguez, who is a free agent, the Rangers must either work out a deal this week or offer him arbitration by midnight (EST) Saturday. Arbitration doesn't appear to be an attractive option for the Rangers, although general manager John Hart said that no decision has been made. There also has been little in the way of negotiations between the Rangers and Rodriguez's agent, Jeff Moorad.
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By Rock Kubatko and Rock Kubatko,SUN STAFF | January 9, 2002
An Orioles official denied last night that the club modified its initial offer to Juan Gonzalez, and the free-agent outfielder apparently was close to signing with the Texas Rangers, according to a source with the organization. Jeff Moorad, who represents Gonzalez, was negotiating last night with the Rangers and appeared on the verge of reaching an agreement. Moorad had flown to Puerto Rico to meet with the two-time Most Valuable Player and didn't return calls. Syd Thrift the Orioles' vice president for baseball operations, said the team hadn't upgraded its offer by guaranteeing a third year or adding vesting options.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | January 5, 2002
Left mostly with empty palms in their free-agent dealings this winter, the Orioles reached out to Juan Gonzalez last night by making their first formal offer to a player who represents the cleanup hitter and corner outfielder they've sought since ending the season with 98 losses and gaping holes in their lineup. The Orioles have made a two-year offer for Gonzalez that includes a club option for 2004. Syd Thrift, the vice president for baseball operations, confirmed the years but wouldn't discuss financial parameters.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Writer | February 7, 1994
Free-agent reliever Gregg Olson probably will sign a contract by tomorrow, and he appears to be leaning away from the Orioles, though the club has not given up hope of persuading him to stay.Agent Jeff Moorad said yesterday that he was in contact with the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves during the weekend, but he would not say which club was most likely to sign the Orioles' all-time save leader.Olson worked out for Yankees officials on Friday, and they are believed to be seriously involved, despite a lukewarm appraisal of the audition by Yankees general manager Gene Michael.
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By Jim Henneman | January 6, 1994
It was a lonely day at Camden Yards yesterday. Orioles pitching coach Dick Bosman was there, but he didn't have much company.Bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks, who comes with the territory and is always on hand for the informal off-season workouts, was there. So was minor-league pitching coach John O'Donoghue Sr., and left-handed reliever Brad Pennington, the only player on the Orioles' major-league roster in attendance.But, the most notable attendee was Gregg Olson, the free-agent reliever on the comeback trail after an elbow injury that sidelined him the last two months of the 1993 season.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | December 29, 2001
The agent for outfielder Juan Gonzalez confirmed last night that the Orioles have engaged in "very preliminary discussions" about signing the two-time Most Valuable Player, with no offer being made thus far. Jeff Moorad has informed all interested teams that talks involving Gonzalez, who became a free agent after his one-year deal expired with the Cleveland Indians, won't resume until after Tuesday. "The Orioles are one of the teams that I've communicated that to," Moorad said. Moorad wouldn't elaborate on negotiations with other clubs, but an industry source said the agent has received two firm offers for Gonzalez, with the New York Mets believed to be one of the teams.
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