3/10/2014 12:55 P.M. ET
Britton's focus remains on competing for rotation
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Orioles lefty Zach Britton is well aware of the Ervin Santana rumors, but the 25-year-old lefty -- who is vying for a rotation spot this spring -- isn't letting the team's possible acquisitions change his approach.
"I haven't really looked into any of the stuff," said Britton, who is out of options, but could find himself in the bullpen if he doesn't make the rotation. "If we sign another guy, we sign another guy. That's been my mindset. I know when I'm healthy and I'm pitching the way I am, I can compete with anybody that we sign. Whether I get the opportunity to do that, it's out of my control. But just go out there and put on a good showing and hopefully I've got an opportunity on this team and kind of go from there."
Britton has given up one run in six spring innings and said after Sunday's game this is the best he's felt in years.
"When a quality hitter swings and misses the sinker, that's a pretty good sinker, especially at 93-95 [mph]," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's been sharp. I'm excited with how he's doing. Hopefully, he's following the same path as another guy [Chris Tillman] who was out of options last spring."
Britton, who would most likely be claimed off waivers if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster, credits his offseason work and new mindset for his performance so far in spring. While there's still progress to be made, the lefty is encouraged with where he's at in the second week of March.
"A lot of the focus has just gone toward what I can do on the field to be successful and stopped worrying about signings that we do or roster decisions," he said. "The focus is now completely out on the field and out on that mound and how can I improve and better myself this year."
Orioles reassign three more in next round of cuts
BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Orioles continued to trim down their spring roster on Monday morning, optioning left-handed pitcher Tim Berry and catcher Michael Ohlman to Double-A Bowie and reassigning catcher Brian Ward to Minor League camp.
The moves put the Orioles at 53 players in Major League Spring Training, including 15 non-roster invitees.
Ohlman appeared in two games, going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs while Ward went 1-for-2 in three games. Berry allowed a run on two hits over three spring innings (two appearances).
Manager Buck Showalter was particularly impressed by Berry, who was protected on the 40-man roster this winter, and will be part of the Baysox rotation.
"Very intriguing what the future may hold for him," Showalter said. "I think it's going to be a big year for Berry. I think he's got a chance to really pop."
'Two minutes with ...' O's pitcher Evan Meek
BRADENTON, Fla.-- The "Two Minutes with…" spring series continues with pitcher Evan Meek. The 30-year-old right-hander is a non-roster invitee and is vying for a spot in the Orioles bullpen. Meek has thrown four scoreless innings in his first three spring outings.
Favorite food: Peruvian food
Favorite movie: Boondock Saints
Special talent: I play the guitar, piano and the cello. I've played instruments my whole life. My folks played, but I picked it up when I was a kid
If I wasn't a baseball player I'd be…: A lawyer
Favorite offseason place: Maui
Prized possession: My GoPro [camera]
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.