Guthrie, Roberts and other offseason tidbits

A few tidbits here from FanFest…Thanks to all those who said hello and those who sat in and listened to the media forum….

*Jeremy Guthrie -who is up for arbitration – said the two sides have discussed the possibility of a long-term contract, although as it stands the two parties haven’t agreed on a length and there is still a possibility it could go to a hearing.

“But I love Baltimore,” Guthrie said.  “I love pitching here and anytime you can provide your family with security, it’s a great option. I’m very happy to also play it out year-by-year and have the motivation to go out and do the best that I can. Whatever happens, I’ll be a good spot.”

Guthrie added that he’s in close contact with his agent and seems pretty involved –or at least interested — in the process.

*Brian Roberts said his back feels great and he’s been working out this offseason with no problems. He will be a full go in camp, which is something we’ve heard before, but it’s nice to hear directly from him. 

*Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said the team still has about four active discussions and although they’ve gone above their payroll range, principle owner Peter Angelos has allowed them to still do some things.

As for Vlad, they have no timetable on when he wants to make a decision and MacPhail also confirmed that the O’s watched Justin Duchscherer throw a bullpen on Friday. They are expected to see him again throw –in a bigger, open tryout — next week.

Showalter said he’s talked to Luke Scott about the possibility of the team adding a DH, and Scott’s fine with it. He’d prefer to play left field anyways.

“I don’t really want to project what happens if this happens, but Luke wants to play defense,” Showalter said. “I asked him last night, in a perfect world, what would he want to do. He said, ‘I’d rather play left field.’ A lot of guys in his shoes don’t want to play in the field; he does. That creates some options for us going forward, regardless if we make an addition or not.”  

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Guthrie was awesome at Fan Fest today. He was posing for photos with fans and sat in unannounced at the 12:40 autograph session with Nick and Jake. I was glad I brought an extra baseball! He’s one of those players that is easy to root for because he’s such a gentleman. I hope he stays in Baltimore.

The Fan Fest was great. Everything went off as scheduled, and the Fan Forums with the players, coaches and media were great. Roberts showed a lot of his personality and the players seemed to have a good time with it.
Having it in January, right before spring training is a great idea. It gets us all in the mood for baseball. On the way to my car, I took a walk down Eutaw Street and looked out on the snow covered field, wishing I could see some green grass.

Congratulations to the Orioles organization for staging a great event and running it so smoothly.

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