Quick hits on Upton, Breslow, free agents and other WM talk
I’ll have a full story up later, but here are some of the quick hits from the media session with Orioles EVP Dan Duquette…
*The Orioles have not talked to Atlanta Braves about outfielder Justin Upton, thought it has been widely speculated as a match. In fact, Duquette said it’s more likely that the club signs a free agent than makes a trade right now. The O’s had 4-5 conversations today with free agents with plans for several more before the day is through.
*Despite a lot of interest, Duquette said he would “be reluctant” to trade any of the team’s starters. Given that you typically need more than five starters during the season, it seems like he’d like to hang on to that pitching depth.
*The Orioles would like to add relief help and there’s clearly some interest in left-hander Craig Breslow. Duquette grinned when his name came up and mentioned that Breslow went to Yale and is, in his opinion, capable of several more good years.
*Duquette plans to meet with Delmon Young’s agent this week as the O’s still have interest in bringing him back. They’d also like to bring back catcher Nick Hundley, but the sense is he’d like to wait and see if there’s a full-time job available for him. The O’s need a contingency plan in case Matt Wieters, who had Tommy John surgery, isn’t ready to start the season. Wieters is on track as of right now, however.
*Asked about yesterday’s rumors that he has interest in going to Toronto should the CEO/president spot open up, Duquette reiterated his focus this week is to prepare the 2015 Orioles for the season.
*The Orioles have also extended agreements with all of their affiliates and will be dining with them tonight.