Found November 10, 2011 on MLB Trade Rumors:
The Orioles officially hired executive VP of baseball operations Dan Duquette this week. Here’s the latest on the team as they begin their first offseason under Duquette... Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is convinced there's no chance of the Orioles spending on free agents such as Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and C.J. Wilson. It seems more likely Duquette will build the Orioles from within, but it's not as though the team will sit free agency out entirely.  Connolly gets the sense that Michael Cuddyer is near the top of the Orioles' wish list, but the Phillies seem to be a more likely destination for the free agent outfielder. Roch Kubatko of looks ahead to the Orioles’ options for backing up catcher Matt Wieters in 2012 and wonders if veterans such as Ivan Rodriguez and Jorge Posada could be fits. Jon Heyman of expects Posada to sign with the Orioles or Marlins if he continues playing in 2012 (Twitter link). Posada knows he wo...

2011 Oriole Predictions Revisited

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I start off this piece with the following disclaimer: I am not a Baltimore Orioles fan. However, I seem to be hanging around these parts lately, so I thought I would weigh in on the new addition. Dan Duquette is certainly an established name and there is no doubting his success as a general manager. He was in charge of the Montreal Expos during their heyday and he helped...

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Ripken Cuts Ties With Sandusky's 'Second Mile'

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