The Orioles have talked with the Mets about Ike Davis, but it sounds like the asking price coming out of Queens is a touch high. The Mets tried to get the O's to part with top pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez in a deal but, unsurprisingly, Baltimore said no. Davis to GM Dan Duquette & Co. may not happen, but Orioles fans would like to see something significant go down. More out of Baltimore..
- Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com looks at Fernando Rodney as a closer candidate for the Orioles in the wake of Grant Balfour's non-deal. Rodney offers a big strikeout rate, a power arm, and decent groundball numbers, all characteristics that surely make him attractive to the O's. However, his $10MM asking price is likely a turnoff for the cost-conscious Orioles.
- Peter Schmuck of The Baltimore Sun fears that the Orioles' window of opportunity might be closing as the New Year approaches. Nobody expected Baltimore to go out and get Robinson Cano or Jacoby Ellsbury this winter, but the Jim Johnson trade and the collapse of the Balfour agreement have left them with a lot of uncertainty at a time when division rivals have combined to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on free agents and will do even more.
- In today's column, ESPN.com's Buster Olney ranks the top ten defenses in baseball. The Orioles are at the top of the heap thanks in part to third baseman Manny Machado, who is "the best at his position, and it’s not close," according to one talent evaluator. Newcomer David Lough also helps their case as he posted one of the best UZR/150 ratings among outfielders with at least 650 innings last season. Baltimore acquired Lough in exchange for Danny Valencia earlier this month.