Orioles discussing long-term extension with Chris Tillman


Joel Sherman of the New York Post has the story:

Since rejoining the Orioles rotation full time in July 2012, Chris Tillman is 38-16 with a 3.42 ERA and Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette said he values the righty as one of the best starters in the AL.

To that extent, he and Tillman’s representatives continue to work to see if they can reach a long-term agreement.

Sherman hears that the negotiations probably won’t carry over into the regular season, so the two sides have about two weeks to get something done. Tillman scored $4.315 million this winter in his first year of salary arbitration. That was the second-highest figure ever for a first-time arbitration-eligible starting pitcher. The 26-year-old is currently scheduled to become a free agent after the 2017 season.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”