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BALTIMORE -- Dan Duquette insists the Orioles aren’t done assembling their 2014 team.
“We’re going to see what we can do to add a veteran pitcher between now and when spring training starts. We think we have the core of a good staff, but if we can add a veteran starter that would stabilize the staff,” Duquette said on Saturday morning at FanFest.
“I think it’s taken patience in this marketplace for us to get to a point where we can sign players, and I hope that patience is rewarded when we are able to sign a pitcher to two to help this team.”
Duquette had taken questions from season ticket holders, some of whom were not pleased with the team’s offseason.
“Baltimore is going to make a living, the Orioles, by bringing up their best players through the farm system, and our very best players are not going to come to our big league team through free agency. They’re going to come through our farm system,” Duquette said.
“If people have the expectation that we’re going to sign a lot of high profile free agents, and that’s going to be the answer, that is not who the Orioles are about. We’re going to have a good, solid player development operation, and that’s going to be the core of our ballclub.”
The team will go to arbitration with Matt Wieters if the two sides don’t agree on a contract in the next several days. Duquette is hoping that can be avoided.
“We’re going to try to get Matt’s contract resolved this week. We’re going to do our best to resolve that with an agreement if we can. If we can’t, then of course, we go to arbitration. We’re going to try to resolve that,” Duquette said.
The Orioles have not had long-term extension discussions with Wieters’ agent, Scott Boras, Duquette said.
Manny Machado’s visit with his surgeon, Dr. Neal ElAttrache went well, Duquette said.
“He’s worked very hard on his rehab to get himself ready to come back.”
Duquette said that he’s not satisfied with the club he has yet.
“We have some more work to do this offseason,” Duquette said. “If we can get the work done that we’ve been trying to get done, we’ll have a very good team.”