Yanks Go Yard Radio Show Rewind: 2016 Baltimore Orioles Preview

For this week’s episode, we began our look at the other teams in the AL East, starting with the Baltimore Orioles

On the last episode of the Yanks Go Yard Radio Show (recorded Thursday), we began our look at the State Of The AL East. Over the next month, we will be talking with writers/bloggers from the other four teams in the AL East to get their thoughts on their respective team’s offseasons and how they think their team will do in the regular season.

First up was the Baltimore Orioles. Last season, the O’s finished the year in third place in the division with a 81-81 record after winning the AL East and making it all the way to the ALCS in 2014. This offseason, the main storyline for the Orioles was that they brought a lot of their players back such as catcher Matt Wieters (signed a qualifying offer), first baseman Chris Davis (seven years, $161 million), and reliever Darren O’Day (four years, $31 million).

Buck Showalter does have some new faces on his team as the Orioles traded for outfielder/designated hitter Mark Trumbo, they signed pitcher Yovani Gallardo to a two-year, $22 million deal (option for a third year) to fill the void left by Wei-Yin Chen signed with the Marlins), and they signed Hyun Soo Kim out of Korea to be their new left fielder.

To get insight on the Orioles, I spoke with Domenic Vadala, who is the editor over at Birds Watcher. Domenic gave his grade for the O’s offseason, discussed the Gallardo signing, and gave his thoughts on the Dexter Fowler situation. Plus, is this the last chance for Dylan Bundy in the bullpen, who are some prospects we need to watch this season, and what are Domenic’s thoughts on the AL East heading into this season?

Later in the show, my guest was frequent co-host and YGY staff writer, Harrison Marder. Harrison and I gave our thoughts on the 30-game suspension Aroldis Chapman received under the new domestic violence policy and whether or not Major League Baseball and Commissioner Rob Manfred got it right. In addition, we gave our takeaways from the first couple of spring training games and discussed the concern around Brett Gardner‘s wrist injury.

Be sure to tune in Thursday night at 9 PM ET as we will continue our look at the AL East by looking at last year’s AL East winners, the Toronto Blue Jays. My guest for that show will be Keegan Matheson, the editor over at Jays Journal.

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