Brass meets to discuss direction

October 10, 2008|By Jeff Zrebiec

Orioles president Andy MacPhail boarded a plane in Florida yesterday afternoon, satisfied with the information he received during the four-day organizational meetings.

The club's top executives and decision-makers gathered in Sarasota to discuss numerous issues, including the makeup of the current roster and the coming free agent class, which could include first baseman Mark Teixeira and pitcher A.J. Burnett. The Orioles are expected to contact the agents for both players, who have Maryland ties, when the free agency period begins. MacPhail will meet with team owner Peter Angelos this month to discuss other options this offseason.

"We will sift through all the information that we collected over the past few days, and we'll prioritize our needs and those players that fill our needs," said MacPhail, who said he was pleased with the discussion during the meetings. "We'll probably have a year-end review and present different ideas to ownership.

"For me, [the meetings are] routine stuff that every franchise should be going through. We're probably a little earlier on the calendar than others, but everybody should be in some stage of this."

MacPhail said that along with preparing for the general manager meetings, which take place the first full week of November, his agenda includes engaging in contract-extension talks with outfielder Nick Markakis and second baseman Brian Roberts.

"I think that's something that will come prior to the winter meetings," MacPhail said.

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