Winter meetings Day 3: very quiet on Orioles front

Winter meetings Day 3: very quiet on Orioles front
December 11, 2013, 11:45 am
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Wednesday morning was status quo at the winter meetings. The bevy of relievers linked with the Orioles remained unsigned, and there was no indication that the team would complete a deal by the end of the meetings.

On Tuesday, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette sought to tamp down speculation that a deal was near for a reliever, saying that the team wasn’t close to a deal.

John Axford and Grant Balfour continue to be the hot names associated with the Orioles. There are other accomplished relievers in the mix, Joaquin Benoit, Chris Perez and Fernando Rodney, but there isn’t much Orioles buzz around them.

Duquette said he met with some teams trying to work out a trade, and with some agents. He did say the team made an offer to an unnamed player, who wasn’t a closer.

The Orioles are also looking for a left fielder and a left-handed hitting designated hitter. Shin-Soo Choo’s asking price may be as high as $140 million over seven years.

Starting pitcher is also on the Orioles’ wish list. Bronson Arroyo and Matt Garza are probably out of the Orioles’ price range, and Bartolo Colon, who also interests them, is asking for a two-year contract.

Duquette said on Tuesday the Orioles weren’t focused on pitchers who’d sign for a single year. Chad Gaudin, who was with San Francisco last year and could serve as a swing man, would be in the one-year category.