Duquette on the offseason

Here are some more offseason-minded quotes from executive vice president Dan Duquette, who briefly held court after Tsuyoshi Wada’s press conference. Duquette didn’t say much, but he touched on a few topics. Here are the highlights..

[on what the organization still needs to do] “Our offseason shopping list was upgrade the pitching staff and also sign a catcher. We’re still looking for a left-handed hitter for the outfield. And we also were interested in adding some infielders, and we’ve done that. We also need to be aware of a DH. We’re going to continue to look to upgrade the pitching staff and see if there’s an additional outfielder out there who can help our ballclub and then see if there’s additional bats that can help us.”

[on free agents and if they are close on anything]: “We’re still interested  in adding players to help our ballclub and we’ve got a couple trade discussion that are still alive.”

“We’re going to continue to work on building our team. I can’t speculate whether we’re going to add people tomorrow or next week, but we’re working on it every day.”

[on adding lefties in Dana Eveland and Wada]: “Whenever you can sign a good left-handed pitcher…certainly a pitcher of Wada’s caliber…Wada has to be terrific, in terms of his concentration, he has to be a very good fielder and precise with his pitches. You can’t get to the level that he’s at to be the top in your league without preparation, good mental toughness and understanding the game, so he has all those traits. He’s a very uniquely skilled player and we’re glad to have him. The fact that he’s left-handed is a big bonus because a lot of those teams build their club around left-handed hitters.”

[on how comfortable is he with the current pitchers]: “I believe we have improved our pitching. We’ve added two left-handed pitchers who threw over 185 innings, so certainly that’s additive to what we have. And we’re hoping that our other pitchers mature in the big leagues. We’re looking to continue to add to our depth. It’s a long season. We’re looking to sign as much good pitching as we can.”

[on if adding starters puts Jim Johnson in the bullpen]: “That’s up to Buck [Showalter] in the spring. I believe there’s a lot of qualified starting pitchers who end up in the bullpen, and I’d rather see them go from starting to the bullpen than the other way around.”

[on Luke Scott] : “We non-tendered Luke and Luke had some great years with the team, which we really appreciate. We just thought his value in arbitration was much higher than his actual market value. We are interested in Luke Scott. Whether we make a deal with him or not is another story.”

[on if Brad Bergesen will be a starter or reliever]: “That’s up to the manager. It really depends on how he pitches, right. I believe by having more depth, we make it more competitive for the starting pitchers going into our rotation, which I think is a good thing. I think that’s healthy.”

2 Comments

Why are the Orioles going after Joe Saunders? A semi-local kid who has had success in the American league. Are they just adverse to spending money?

I meant to say aren’t.

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