It doesn’t mean much of anything and its not going to shake up the AL East standings at this point in the season, but the Orioles continue to win ballgames under new manager Buck Showalter.
The O’s topped the Rays 8-4 on Saturday night in Baltimore thanks to an inspired pitching performance by right-hander Jeremy Guthrie and a big night at the plate by catcher Matt Wieters.
According to MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli, it was Showalter’s 900th managerial win, and he was as humble as ever when notified of the accomplishment:
“I’ve had a lot of losses, too,” Showalter said. “I
remember just about every one of those. Just reminds you how lucky you
are to do this, to have a chance to do it. It means I’ve had some good players and someone’s given me an opportunity to do this a long time. That’s about the extent of it.”
The Orioles are now 18-13 under Showalter’s watch. He won 313 games with the Yankees, 250 games with the Diamondbacks and 648 games with the Rangers for a career record of 900-846. Buck sits between Don Zimmer (885) and Jimy Williams (910) for 64th on the all-time managerial wins list.
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”