Brian Roberts


On Monday, the Orioles get two chances to make a first-round pick in the First Year Player Draft. They have the 25th and 36th choices.


It was obvious. Colby Rasmus was just not that into the Orioles. The Houston Astros outbid the Orioles for the enigmatic outfielder.


After the Orioles worked out in Kansas City eight days ago, I was listening to ESPN Radio’s postseason coverage when I heard a familiar voice.


BALTIMORE – Jim Johnson was released by the Oakland Athletics on Friday, and it would not be a surprise if the Orioles signed him to a minor league deal.


BALTIMORE – One of the hallmarks of a winning team is getting contributions from the unexpected. Players who are barely known become overnight stars late in their career.