Spring Training, Changes, Arbitration & Rick Dempsey

Peter Schmuck of the Sun reports that the Orioles have released their Spring Training schedule. It’s very interesting to see who they are playing and one can expect that tickets for some games/venues in Florida (based on my experience barnstorming the state over the years) may be hard to come by.

As reported, the Orioles will not be playing the Nationals at all in Florida, and play the Yankees and Red Sox a combined total of nine times during that period.


This week, the Orioles lost a front office member as Wayne Krivsky — who according to the Baltimore Sun was the special assistant to the president of baseball operations — decided to take another position, this time with the Mets.

Right now, there’s really not any news why he left and from what I saw last season, I didn’t hear much about him at all. I would presume he did a lot of work behind the scenes with scouting and player development.


On Tuesday, according to the Orioles.com website, the team declined to give arbitration to these players: Melvin Mora, Danys Baez, Mark Hendrickson and Chad Moeller. The article notes that only Melvin Mora would have been a Type B free agent — meaning the Orioles would have to have given up a draft pick. Also, Mora had an $8 million dollar option for 2010 and one would assume that he would take if offered arbitration.


Finally, if you all be in Fells Point this weekend, Rick Dempsey, 1983 Orioles World Series MVP will be lighting the Fell’s Point Christmas Tree on December 5th.