Dan Duquette is ready to act now. After several years of a slow start to the free agent market, the Orioles’ executive vice president of baseball operations has noticed something different in 2013.
“The free agent market is developing quickly, and I expect lots of action between now and the holiday,” Duquette said.
In talking with other clubs and agents, particularly at last week's GM meetings Duquette has seen the difference.
It’s getting like it used to be and I think there’ll be a lot of free agents signed between now and the Winter Meetings. This market is moving quickly,” Duquette said.
The Winter Meetings begin Dec. 9 in Orlando, Fla.
As for the Orioles, Duquette is working feverishly to improve the ballclub, both in the free agent and trade markets.
“We’re trying to add to our pitching depth and we’re actively involved in discussions with other clubs,” Duquette said.
On Monday, the Orioles signed left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz, and Duquette is pleased about him. “He’s got a good swing and miss ratio,” Duquette said.
NOTES: The Orioles announced that FanFest will be held on Saturday Feb. 1. The Orioles will play in the annual Civil Rights Game on May 30, 2014. The game against the Astros held in Houston’s Minute Maid Park, will air nationally on MLB Network.