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Baltimore Orioles Acquire Outfielder L.J. Hoes from Houston Astros

November 25th, 2015 at 12:47 PM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles made a trade on Wednesday, acquiring OF L.J. Hoes from the Houston Astros.

Yes, you could consider it "re-aquiring" Hoes, who was traded from the Orioles to Houston back in 2013 as part of the deal that brought RHP Bud Norris to Baltimore.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was the first to report the trade.

Hoes, 25, was recently designated for assignment by the Astros and the O's acquired him today for cash considerations…yes the Orioles got Hoes for cash. Enjoy the chuckle, we did.

Per MASN's Roch Kubatko, the Orioles designated infielder Andy Wilkins for assignment in order to clear room for Hoes on the 40-man roster.

Baltimore originally drafted Hoes in the third round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of St. John's High School in Washington D.C. as a second baseman. Obviously, since then he has become an outfielder that is capable of playing all three outfield positions.

In 337 career plate appearances in the big leagues, Hoes owns a .237 batting average with a .289 OBP while hitting four home runs, 12 doubles and two triples. In 2015 with the Astros, Hoes got just 15 at bats collecting four singles and a RBI. In his minimal major league experience, Hoes has hit left handed pitching better at a .248/.306/.391 clip as opposed to .229/.275/.280 against right handers.

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News and Notes: Eight Minor League Free Agent Signings, Kevin Gausman Gets Lasik

November 25th, 2015 at 8:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes. In today's pre-Thanksgiving edition, we talk about the eight minor league free agent deals announced Tuesday, as well as Kevin Gausman getting lasik surgery.

Orioles announce signing of eight players to minor league deals

The O's officially announced on Tuesday the signings of eight players to minor league contracts: 1B Ji-Man Choi, RHP Pedro Beato, RHP Todd Redmond, LHP Cesar Cabral, LHP Ashur Tolliver, INF Steve Tolleson, INF Ozzie Martinez and C Audry Perez.

Although most of the agreements had already been reported by various outlets, it's always nice to see the official announcement come out as well. In addition, the other key part to the O's official announcement is that all eight deals include invites to big league spring training.

That is key to point out because roster spots can and likely will be won by guys who are in big league camp on a minor league deal with a spring training invite….remember Delmon Young?

We have already touched on the Choi signing when the news first came out, and wrote about Tolleson in Tuesday 's edition of news and notes.

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News and Notes: Chris Davis, Three Minor League Free Agent Signings, and So Much More

November 24th, 2015 at 7:59 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes. In today's packed to the brim edition, we talk about Chris Davis, Gerardo Parra, Trey Mancini, three minor league free agent signings, and Ah-seop Son.

Orioles' owner Peter Angelos "personally involved" in effort to re-sign Chris Davis

It's no secret that Orioles' fans everywhere are either holding onto hope that Baltimore can re-sign the MLB home run champ, or are just waiting to see which team out there gives Davis the mega-deal.

On Monday, ESPN's Buster Olney may have provided a little hope for O's fans who are hoping Crush returns to Baltimore when he tweeted this out:

It shouldn't be much of a surprise to see that Angelos is involved because after all, he is the majority owner and he would be writing the check so-to-speak. The good news is that the Orioles may actually be trying to re-sign Davis if Angelos is involved. Time will tell.

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News and Notes: Baltimore Orioles Make Minor League Signing, L.J. Hoes Rumors, & More (VIDEO)

November 23rd, 2015 at 8:08 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes. In today's weekend catch-up edition, we talk about a minor league free agent signing made by the O's, the Orioles interest in bringing back L.J. Hoes, and an O's prospect makes a web gem in Australian Baseball League.

Orioles sign Ji-Man Choi

Late Saturday night, the news came out that the Orioles had made a minor league free agent signing of first baseman Ji-Man Choi.

What's the big deal? Well, it's not the typical minor league free agent signing as the deal also includes an invitation to Major League spring training for the 24-year-old first baseman.

Choi, who has five years of minor league experience in the Seattle Mariners organization, has some impressive career minor league numbers. Over 335 games in the minors, Choi owns a .302 batting average with a robust .404 on base percentage and a .886 OPS. He is not a big-time power bat by any stretch, having hit just 35 home runs in his minor league career, but he can certainly get on base and hit for a high average, that's for sure (at the minor league level at least).

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Orioles101 Mailbag: Darren O’Day, Baltimore Orioles’ Trade Market, Dylan Bundy

November 22nd, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It's Sunday, and you know what that means at Orioles101, it's Mailbag Day! This week, as expected, the major focus was on MLB Free Agency and the Baltimore Orioles trade market, while Dylan Bundy was also a topic.

'J. Peterman Counterfeit Mailbag' photo (c) 2012, Bry D. - license:

As we always do, we want to remind you that if we receive multiple questions on the same topic, we answer them with one general response as opposed to answering each one and repeating ourselves.

Should Orioles give Darren O'Day a four-year contract?

Earlier this week, reports came out that O's free agent reliever Darren O'Day is looking for a four-year deal, worth $28-36 million.

So the question is, should the Orioles be willing to give O'Day a four-year deal if it comes down to it?

We could see the O’s paying $8-9 million per year for O’Day, but find it hard to believe they would do so on a four-year deal. If O’Day would settle for a deal on the lower end of that scale that would make the average annual value $7 million, that could bring the Orioles back into the mix.

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