As the calendar flips to February, here are three things we’ll be keeping an eye on around the baseball world throughout the day today:
1. Orioles face decision on Camden Yards lease:
The Baltimore Orioles face a deadline today to pick up a one-time option that would extend the club’s lease at Camden Yards for five more years. Currently, the organization’s lease is set to expire on December 31st of this year. Orioles ownership, Commissioner Rob Manfred, and Baltimore mayor Brandon Scott have declared that the Orioles will remain in Baltimore long term, regardless of the uncertainty surrounding the club’s stadium situation going forward. Another temporary extension that pushes back the option, as the Orioles agreed to in 2021 when their extended their lease through 2023, would be an alternative that preserves the five-year option safety net. While shorter-term options abound for the Orioles organization, Nathan Ruiz of the Baltimore Sun notes that a longer-term lease would allow the Orioles to take advantage of a 2022 state law that would allow $600MM to be borrowed to make improvements to Camden Yards.
2. MLB celebrates National Girls & Women in Sports Day:
MLB Youth Academies across the country will be hosting events and activities today in celebration of National Girls & Women in Sports Day, with events taking place in Cincinnati, Compton, Kansas City, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. Events previously scheduled to take place in Houston and Dallas will be postponed until February 15th due to weather concerns. In addition to these events, the Commissioner’s office will be hosting a networking event and panel discussion that includes a tour of the MLB offices in Manhattan.
3. Signings to be made official:
Despite reports to the contrary, the Royals did not make their one-year agreement with future Hall of Famer Zack Greinke official yesterday. MLB.com’s Anne Rogers reports that the Greinke signing can be expected to be made official later this week, most likely on Thursday. Whenever the deal is made official, Kansas City will have to clear a 40-man roster spot to make room for Greinke. Another reported signing that has been left outstanding to this point is the deal between catcher Roberto Perez and the Giants. If that also proves to be a big league deal, the Giants will need to make a 40-man move as well.