No signings, no trades for Orioles so far

No signings, no trades for Orioles so far
December 9, 2013, 6:30 pm
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – There were no headlines for the Orioles in the first day of the winter meetings. No big signings, no trades.

“We met with several agents and a couple of teams on the trade front. We were trying to find what our options are on the left-handed hitter. We’ve been working on that most of the day, and we’ve been taking a look at the pitcher market,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said.

“We met with a lot of people. I can tell you that. We’re getting a little bit closer on exactly what the market is on some of these pitchers. I think you’ll see some of these pitchers fall in the next couple of days.”

The Orioles are in the market for a left-handed hitter, an additional starting pitcher and a closer to replace Jim Johnson.

“We should be adding a couple of players by the end of the week,” Duquette said. “We’re looking at some trade options and we’re also looking at some signing options.”

Two of the players the Orioles have been mentioned as having interest in, pitcher Bartolo Colon and outfielder/DH Nelson Cruz, have somewhat checkered pasts. Colon was suspended last year for 50 days for PED use, and Cruz was caught up in the Biogenesis mess.

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Duquette refused to say that it was an eliminator.

“The club has to do its due diligence on all the players, and the performance-enhancing drugs are just another area the clubs have to look carefully at,” Duquette said. “It’s really a fact of life now.”

Duquette anticipates claiming a player in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft.

NOTES: The Orioles outrighted infielder Cord Phelps to Norfolk. The team now has 37 players on the 40-man roster. … Right-handed pitcher Ryan Webb will take his physical in Baltimore on Tuesday. He agreed to a two-year contract with the Orioles on Friday. … Duquette said that the team will also consider offers to players who are rehabbing from injuries. Gavin Floyd, who pitched for the Chicago White Sox, has interested them in the past. … Henry Urrutia was named to the Arizona Fall League Top Prospects Team as a designated hitter.