Orioles’ Deal With Tyler Colvin Falls Through

JAN. 24: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that Colvin's physical revealed that he still has back issues, causing the Orioles to reduce their offer from a Major League contract to a minor league deal. As such, Colvin will not sign and remains a free agent. Heyman points out that Colvin can now seek a big league deal with a club, knowing that he can sign a minor league pact with the O's as a fallback (Twitter link).

JAN. 22: A source tells ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick (Twitter link) that the Orioles found an issue with Colvin's physical, which could be creating an obstacle to the deal.

JAN. 15: The Orioles have agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Tyler Colvin, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun (Twitter links). Only a physical stands in the way of the deal, Connolly says, which is believed to be a guaranteed MLB contract. Colvin, 28, is represented by Relativity Baseball.

The left-handed swinging Colvin has seen MLB action in parts of five seasons. In 2012, his first year with the Rockies, Colvin posted a promising .290/.327/.531 triple-slash in 452 plate appearances. But he took a step back last year, earning only 78 MLB plate appearances and registering a meager .160/.192/.280 line in the process. He continued to hit at the Triple-A level, however, slashing .275/.377/.480 in 269 trips to the plate for Colorado Springs.

Colvin started his career with the Cubs before heading to Colorado in the Ian Stewart trade. The 13th overall choice in the 2006 draft, Baseball America considered Colvin the game's 75th-best prospect after the 2007 season.

Colvin joins a long list of outfielders that will join the O's for Spring Training. (The Sun's Eduardo Encina counts 12, on Twitter.) Other offseason outfield additions include Delmon Young, Quintin Berry, Xavier Paul, David Lough, and Francisco Peguero.


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100 Comments on "Orioles’ Deal With Tyler Colvin Falls Through"


JoeWantsPeace
1 year 7 months ago

Quantity > Quality

~Orioles FO

FS54
1 year 7 months ago

they do know that you can only have 25 men on roster, right?

Lilstackhustla
1 year 7 months ago

Acquire all marginal outfielders.

Daniel Copans
1 year 7 months ago

Only a physical stands in the way, huh? What could possibly go wrong?

$3513744
1 year 7 months ago

my favorite comment of the day. perfect mix of humor and cynicism.

Daniel Copans
1 year 7 months ago

Heh, looks like my cynicism was justified. God dammit Orioles.

$3513744
1 year 7 months ago

well i guess it wasn’t cynical after all.

Mike1L
1 year 7 months ago

Jeff Todd clearly has a wry sense of humor.

DarkBob
1 year 7 months ago

He wasn’t joking.

Max Pogacar
1 year 7 months ago

AND THEN IT HAPPENED! This must be a bad joke.

MagicalDiesel
1 year 7 months ago

This is literally the funniest comment in the world right now. LOL

CG
1 year 7 months ago

Your joke has turned into reality.

Rabbitov
1 year 7 months ago

The O’s doctors are so good that they can find health problems that don’t even exist!

Michael
1 year 7 months ago

They’ll discover it’s due to thumb prints on the x-rays. Then heads are going to roll.

not_brooks
1 year 7 months ago

Uh oh… Colvin doesn’t have a solid minor league OBP…

What’s Duquette going to say about him?

OhthePossibilities
1 year 7 months ago

Maybe that he’s put up solid numbers in the majors when healthy?

not_brooks
1 year 7 months ago

Outside of Coors Field? When?

OhthePossibilities
1 year 7 months ago

2010 in Chicago

not_brooks
1 year 7 months ago

Oh right. Four years ago, when he hit .254 with a .316 OBP and a bunch of strikeouts.

A guaranteed MLB deal for this guy is a joke.

OhthePossibilities
1 year 7 months ago

Way to overlook the .500 slugging and .246 iso

not_brooks
1 year 7 months ago

Not really overlooking it. Everyone knows that Colvin can hit for power.

The question is can he hit for enough average and get on base enough? At Age 28, after all the injuries and the horrible numbers outside of Coors last year, I don’t think so.

And I’m not super excited to see my team throwing out guaranteed money to take a chance on a guy who shouldn’t get anything more than a minor league deal and an invite.

OhthePossibilities
1 year 7 months ago

It’s not like we’re in Garrett Atkins territory here.

not_brooks
1 year 7 months ago

But we are in division title territory if we add the right pieces, and all we’ve added is a bunch of minor league fliers.

OhthePossibilities
1 year 7 months ago

Who do you want them to sign? Nelson Cruz? Kendrys Morales?

No thanks.

Rabbitov
1 year 7 months ago

I want them to sign a pitcher, a real pitcher, and ideally more than one. There are still plenty of good options out there.

OhthePossibilities
1 year 7 months ago

None of those guys are signing right now. They’re waiting for Tanaka to choose a team so they can shop themselves to the teams that lost out who may be hesitant to add them right now.

Andrew Ochs
1 year 7 months ago

Corey Hart, Raja Davis, David Murphy, Kelly Johnson, Curtis Granderson,

There were a bunch of guys out there that the O’s wouldn’t have to break the bank for that would of been just fine.

Rabbitov
1 year 7 months ago

Atkins ::shudder::

jed_hoyer
1 year 7 months ago

better than a mlb contract for you

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 7 months ago

Actually, this may never happen!
It sounds ominous about the physical!
The word on the street is that Colvin has hang nail and dandruff!

calicub
1 year 7 months ago

the problem with Colvin is that he does best when he gets regular playing time. Historically, with the Cubs, every time he lost any amount of regular playing time, his stats dipped dramatically.

Will Statter
1 year 7 months ago

Has all the tools

BeantownGreen
1 year 7 months ago

The money is really starting to flow into buying quality free agents

WrigleyTerror37
1 year 7 months ago

Glad to see Colvin get another chance, he was one of my favorites. Cubs gave up on him to early. After getting the bat into his chest it would take a year or so to adjusts back to normal.

also how many lh OF bats do the O’s have this year ?

OhthePossibilities
1 year 7 months ago

2 bats, but all the players have to share

Rabbitov
1 year 7 months ago

I always saw Colvin as sort of a left-handed hitting Nolan Reimold, any thoughts on this?

OhthePossibilities
1 year 7 months ago

Hopefully at least one of them can put their injuries behind them

WrigleyTerror37
1 year 7 months ago

Never really thought about that, but that’s a great comparison that I never saw before. I’d say spot on tho id give Colvin the edge on defense.

Nashville_Os_Fan
1 year 7 months ago

6 – Markakis, Lough, Borbon, Berry, Paul and now Colvin

Baloo
1 year 7 months ago

I don’t think Borbon or Berry make the team.

Nashville_Os_Fan
1 year 7 months ago

I would think no more than one of Borbon, Perry or Paul does. I don’t know that the choice among them is obvious.There are also RH OF Reimold and Pearce There not may be room for them if they keep Colvin and Young in addition to the three starting OF and Machado starts the season. . With Flaherty and Casilla as back-ups there would be room for 5 outfielders/DH types. Or if they keep Reimold, all three are probably gone

FOmeOLS
1 year 7 months ago

Be Still my heart…

Will Statter
1 year 7 months ago

This is so sad. I remember the Orioles when they were in the majors

Matt Bennett
1 year 7 months ago

The Orioles have averaged 89 wins over the past two seasons. Yet, they aren’t even considered as “in the majors”?

Kayrall
1 year 7 months ago

Another former highly touted Cubs center-field prospect that fell out of grace that has joined Baltimore.

raymondrobertkoenig
1 year 7 months ago

Colvin’s now closer to the Hall of Fame.

Rabbitov
1 year 7 months ago

A major league contract? Why?

Lookouts400
1 year 7 months ago

As much as I don’t see this as a bad signing, a major league deal is perplexing.

Christian
1 year 7 months ago

Looks like the other half to our DH platoon…Young/Reimold vs. LHP and Colvin/Urrutia against RHP…Could be worse, but I am excited to see how it shakes out during spring training. Only a few weeks to go!!!

MasahiroTanaka
1 year 7 months ago

why does this guy tank every other year?

Jack Ball
1 year 7 months ago

Come spring training it looks like the Orioles will be getting the other major league teams reserve outfielders ready for this season.

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

I think this is a solid move. He can play both corner OF spots and 1B. Might be a good bat off the bench, given his power.

FrankRoo
1 year 7 months ago

Again?

AlphaICaesar
1 year 7 months ago

The Orioles found something wrong with his physical…shocking.

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 7 months ago

Any surprise here?
Maybe the Orioles should set-up a program for all up and coming Doctors to finish their residency at Camden Yards, rather than a teaching hospital!

Alpez16
1 year 7 months ago

Not this again…

PittsburghPirates0022
1 year 7 months ago

Do they find problems in every deal?

Manny Being Manny
1 year 7 months ago

Angelos balks at any injury concerns after being burned on the Albert Belle deal 15 years ago.

Manny Being Manny
1 year 7 months ago

Here we go again.