Duquette Day 3
The Orioles are ramping up efforts to make a move, extending several offers to free agents on Wednesday and continuing trade discussions, although it remains to be seen if they will have anything to show for it when they board a plane back north on Thursday afternoon.
“We’ve got offers out to hitters, we’ve got offers out to pitchers that are both starters and relievers,” executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. “Our effort is there, we just haven’t closed a deal yet.”
The Orioles watched several pieces come off the board that they liked in the third full day of the Winter Meetings, including pitcher Bartolo Colon –who signed a to-year, $20-million pact with the Mets– and first baseman/outfielder Logan Morrison who was traded to Seattle.
Is Duquette, who was confident earlier in the week the club would add players, feeling any pressure to make a move as the meetings wind down?
“We are gong to try to get something done,” he said. “Sometimes you can lay the groundwork [at the Winter Meetings] and make a deal a day or two after. That would be good. But we would certainly like to get something done here this week.”
Duquette said the market has pretty much set itself and he expected some trades around baseball later on Wednesday and the rest of the week. Whether any of those moves involve the Orioles –who have prioritized pitching and a left-handed bat– remains to be seen.
*The club has been busy preparing for the Rule 5 Draft and will take a player in the Major League portion on Thursday morning. They’ve kept their last two picks in T.J. McFarland and Ryan Flaherty.
*Director of player development Brian Graham will be honored by the industry as this year’s Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award winner at a dinner tonight. More on the award and Graham can be found here.
*New reliever Ryan Webb spoke to the media today on a conference call and said one of the reasons he signed with the O’s was that they were the first team to contact him after he was non tendered by Miami. I’ll have more from Webb up later on Orioles.com.