It’s been a relatively quiet week for the Orioles as final preparations are being made for spring training, which begins on Feb. 12. While most Orioles fans have switched from orange gear to purple for the week, the team is getting ready for 2013.
Nearly every day has brought news of additional minor league signings or rumored ones. Manager Buck Showalter has more important business to take care of this week. His daughter is being married on Saturday, and after that he can head to Sarasota, Fla. for spring training.
Showalter will have countless choices when it comes to deciding who’ll get the innings in spring training games, and he’ll have many other choices when it comes to who’ll fill out the rosters for those games.
The Orioles continue to stockpile arms for their minor league camp, too. Wednesday’s big news was the signing of Manny Delcarmen to
a minor league contract.
Once a mainstay in a powerful Boston Red Sox bullpen, Delcarmen suddenly lost it, and the 30-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010.
Delcarmen had a 2.05 ERA in 44 appearances with Boston’s World Series winner in 2007 and was traded in 2010 to Colorado.
He’s been with the Seattle, Texas and New York Yankees organizations since, but not in the majors.
Though he hasn’t been officially invited to spring training, Delcarmen’s name is prominent enough that he’ll probably pitch in the late innings of some exhibition games.
The Orioles always bring a handful of players from minor league camp along to games for emergency use. That’s how Stu Pomeranz was discovered last spring.
Outfielder Adam Greenberg, who returned to the majors for one at-bat with Miami last season after missing years after a scary beaning, also has a minor league spring training invite. Greenberg will probably make the short drive over from the minor league complex to Ed Smith Stadium a few times, too.
-Steve Delaney and outfielder Chris Pettit were also signed to minor league contracts on Wednesday.
Delaney has five major league appearances with Minnesota and Tampa Bay. He last pitched in the major leagues with the Rays in 2011.
Pettit was 2-for-7 as an outfielder with the Angels in 2009, and played in one game in 2011.
-ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reported that the Orioles were among several teams that scouting pitchers Kip Wells, Ryan Rowland-Smith and Mark Lowe on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old Wells has pitched for nine major league teams. Last year, he was 2-4 with a 4.58 ERA in seven starts for San Diego.
Rowland Smith is a 30-year-old Australian who last pitched in the majors in 2010 when he was a horrifying 1-10 with a 6.75 ERA with Seattle.
Lowe, a 29-year-old reliever was 0-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 36 games with Texas last season.
-When the Orioles announced their minor league staffs for this season last week, Wilson Alvarez’s name was on the list. Alvarez, who pitched a no-hitter against the Orioles in 1991 with Chicago, will be Gulf Coast’s pitching coach.
Alan Mills returns for his second season as Aberdeen’s pitching coach.
-Bill Hall signed a minor league contract with the Angels. Hall played in seven games with the Orioles last season and had a home run in his first one.
-The Orioles-Red Sox game in Sarasota on March 25 will be televised by ESPN. Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin and Doug Glanville will be the announcers.