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Connolly's Corner By Dan Connolly

Is Orioles Catching Prospect Chance Sisco Ready For The Majors?

Dan Connolly says just because catcher Welington Castillo is no longer with the Orioles doesn't mean the Chance Sisco era needs to begin immediately, as the Orioles prospect may need more time to work on his defense in the minors.

To Improve Starting Pitching, Orioles Must Be Willing To Make A Trade

Dan Connolly says Dan Duquette is going to find starting pitching any way he can, but the most logical route is to trade for it -- and trades can easily blow up on you, too.

Skill Was Always There, What's Separated Jonathan Schoop Is The Work Ethic

Despite his breakout, All-Star season, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop is still working every day to be better. And Dan Connolly says that's what sets him apart.

It's Hard To Buy Into The Plan Of Hope The Orioles Are Selling

Dan Connolly says the Orioles' trade deadline moves show the organization is hoping the team's struggling starting rotation just works itself out, but in baseball, it doesn't usually work out that way.

At A Crossroads, No Easy Answer To Which Path Orioles Should Take

Dan Connolly says decisions made during the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline may have a profound impact on the Orioles' organization for years to come.

Orioles' Reluctance To Spend On International Amateurs Is Hindering Farm System

Dan Connolly says the Orioles excel at recognizing talent in other organizations and acquiring those players at minimal cost, but there's a conspicuous boulder in the way of making the farm system as good as it should be.

Thoughts On Curtailing Boorish Stadium Behavior From A One-Night Heckler

Dan Connolly admits he was "that guy" once -- the drunken idiot at a sporting event screaming at a professional athlete -- and he says other fans can help police outrageous behavior in the stands.

Five Reasons Why The Orioles Will Be Better In 2017

Dan Connolly lists five reasons he thinks the Orioles will be one game better in 2017, and he says he still believes in Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.

World Baseball Classic Isn't Perfect, But It Should Continue

Dan Connolly says he understands the criticism the World Baseball Classic receives, however, U.S. aside, it's important to the countries that participate and their fans, which is really what it's all about.

Orioles' 2017 Success Hinges On Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman

Dan Connolly says, fair or not, the 2017 Orioles will rise or fall based on the performances of young right-handers Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy.

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Dan Duquette: Orioles May Have To Be More Aggressive In Free-Agent Pursuit

"There are so many teams looking for pitching," Dan Duquette said during the first day of the MLB Winter Meetings. "We might have to be more proactive. ... We've probably got to move a little bit quicker."

'Financially Enhanced' Trades, Such As Giancarlo Stanton Deal, Shouldn't Be Allowed

Jim Henneman says the Marlins' trade of Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees is just the latest example of a team buying its way out of a contract it couldn't afford in the first place, and MLB shouldn't allow these types of deals.

Former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro Wants Another Shot At The Major Leagues

Do you think the Orioles could use a 53-year-old left-handed hitter? Apparently, Rafael Palmeiro thinks they -- and any other major league team -- could.

Orioles' 2017 Winter Meetings Preview

The MLB Winter Meetings will take place Dec. 10-14, and Rich Dubroff highlights five things to look for as the Orioles begin to make plans for next season.

Could The Orioles Sign LHP CC Sabathia?

Would free-agent pitcher CC Sabathia be a good fit for the Orioles? Rich Dubroff says Sabathia could provide the big-game experience and maturity the O's don't currently have in the rotation.

In Addition To Starting Pitching, Orioles Have Other Positions To Fill

As the Baltimore Orioles continue their search for starting pitchers, Rich Dubroff looks at three other positions they'd like to improve.

Reports: Welington Castillo Reaches Agreement With White Sox

Former Orioles catcher Welington Castillo has reportedly reached agreement on a two-year deal with the Chicago White Sox for $15 million with an $8 million option for 2020.

Could The Orioles Bring Back RHP Miguel Gonzalez?

Could the Orioles sign right-handed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez? If Chris Tillman signs elsewhere, Gonzalez could serve as a mentor for Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.

Small Scouting Staff For Latin America Makes It Hard For Orioles To Find Another Jonathan Schoop

With limited scouting resources dedicated to Latin America, can the Baltimore Orioles find another player like Jonathan Schoop?

Baseball Hall Of Fame Candidates With Orioles Ties

Rich Dubroff takes a look at the eight players with Orioles connections on this year's Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, from Mike Mussina to Aubrey Huff.

Could The Orioles Sign Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez?

Would free-agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez be a good fit for the Orioles? The Orioles need another left-handed hitter, and Gonzalez, who has played exclusively in right field for the past three seasons, would be an upgrade over Seth Smith.

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