NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dan Duquette says there was more activity at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday. The Orioles met with about five teams the Orioles GM said, but no deals yet.
“We’d like to get something done. We continue to work on trade discussions,” Duquette said. “But they haven’t borne fruit yet. People like our young pitching. I can tell you that. We like our young pitching, too.”
The Orioles met with the agents for Nate McLouth and Joe Saunders. McLouth is the more immediate target because the Orioles have a hole to fill in left field, whether with him or someone else
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to conclude those by the end of the week,” Duquette said.
“We want to be prepared in the event we can’t reach an agreement with Nate. We want to make sure while there are other people on the market that we avail ourselves to the whole market. Hopefully, we’ll come home with a signed player.”
The Orioles have not spoken with Mark Reynolds since he was non-tendered last Friday.
-Before reporters were allowed into the Orioles’ suite on Tuesday, four representatives of the Rakuten Golden Eagles, a Japanese team, left. Duquette said the teams are discussing a cooperative agreement.
-Duquette said the Orioles are preparing for Thursday’s Rule 5 draft and may be active. Last year, the Orioles took Ryan Flaherty.