Winter meetings end with no new signings

Winter meetings end with no new signings
December 12, 2013, 10:00 am
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Dan Duquette will stick around the winter meetings until Friday. It’s not that something is imminent. The Orioles’ minor league director Brian Graham is being honored with an award Thursday night.

While he remains in Florida, the Orioles’ executive vice president of baseball operations will continue to work on getting a closer. The Orioles remain interested in Grant Balfour.

“There are a couple of players we have started negotiations with that we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to sign,” Duquette said. “We’ll be able to add a couple of more players based on the work we did in the next week or so.”

If the Orioles don’t sign Balfour, they have could go for John Axford, Joaquin Benoit, Chris Perez or Fernando Rodney.

"We should be able to add a closer to our team. There are some good choices that are available on the market. We’re talking to a lot of people, and we hope to be able to fill that job soon," Duquette said.

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The Orioles added two players in the Rule 5 draft, third baseman Michael Almanzar and outfielder Julio Borbon. Almanzar has to be kept on the roster all next season or offered back to Boston. Borbon was taken in the Triple-A draft and has substantial major league experience.

“The meetings have been helpful for us to staff our team,” Duquette said. “We’re going to come out of here with the addition of a pitcher (Ryan Webb) and these two players we added today and we’re going to continue to work on some of the groundwork we laid on trades. Hopefully that will bear some fruit with players to bring back to Baltimore.”