Duquette on Cabrera, Janish, additions, etc

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said there are still some “issues” to resolve regarding the pending signing of Everth Cabrera and it could not be done until next week. Nothing has changed on the O’s end, it’s just a little bit of a slow process.

Here are some of the other highlights from Duquette’s session with the media.

*Infielder Paul Janish had surgery a few days ago to remove bone chips from his right elbow and is expected to be sidelined 6-8 weeks.  The news is also one of the reasons the O’s signed Jayson Nix to a Minor League deal (which was officially announced today), a move that gives there depth.

*Duquette said that the Orioles are still looking to add relief help and that if they do sign some bullpen guys it will likely be a Minor League deal at this point. He noted that Baltimore is confident the bullpen, which lost only Andrew Miller, will once again be one of its strengths.

*Another huge factor in the O’s upcoming season isn’t about their offseason transaction list.

“The most powerful thing we’ve done for our team in the offseason is get [Manny] Machado and [Matt] Wieters and [Chris] Davis back on it and get them healthy and playing ball,” Duquette said.

Machado is among the early arrivals for the position players and is expected to be a full go in camp.

*Duquette didn’t seem confident that the O’s would avoid an arbitration hearing with Alejandro De Aza, which is scheduled for tomorrow.

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