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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
Well, we have made it to Memorial Day. Students are graduating, pools are open and we have our first "Orioles have interest in trading for ... " story. I love annual traditions. This report comes out of CBS Chicago - that the Orioles are interested in Chicago Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija, a free agent after the 2015 season who is 1-4 with a 1.68 ERA in 11 starts this season. The Orioles were interested in Samardzija this winter and certainly haven't lost that interest since the 29-year-old has posted the second-best ERA for a major league starter so far this season.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said left-hander Johan Santana will throw five innings or 75 pitches Tuesday in an extended spring training game and then his next step will be determined. Santana, a two-time American League Cy Young Award winner, has an opt-out clause at the end of the month in the minor league deal that he signed in the offseason, but Duquette said he doesn't believe that is a concern. “That's open for discussion. I think the June 1 date was a date we had in mind that he would be close to being ready for the big leagues,” Duquette said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Monday he wouldn't be engaging in contract extension talks with any players during the season -- meaning the future of pending free agents J.J. Hardy , Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis will be on hold until after this season ends. “We're not going to be exploring any extensions during the season. We are focused on the club during the season,” Duquette said. “Once the season starts, I think it benefits the team and the players and the fans to keep the focus on the field and the players on the field.” In May 2012, Duquette reached a six-year contract extension with center fielder Adam Jones.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Dominican slugger Nelson Cruz sat at his new locker a few weeks ago and surveyed the Orioles' spring training clubhouse. In one corner, Taiwanese pitcher Wei-Yin Chen was huddled with his interpreter. On the other side of the room, South Korean star Suk-min Yoon was playing pingpong. Right beside Cruz was Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia, soaking in the experience of a marquee Latin American player who has not forgotten what it was like to be a stranger in a strange new land.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
Steve Lombardozzi may not end up as a fulltime infielder for the Orioles. It doesn't matter. And maybe Alex Gonzalez's bat has been dipped into the fountain of youth and he ends up hitting this season like he did in winter ball and this spring. It doesn't matter. Monday's trade that sent the 37-year-old Gonzalez to the Detroit Tigers for the 25-year-old Lombardozzi was an absolute gem for the Orioles. And it's exactly why Dan Duquette signs anyone and everyone over the winter, no matter how much it may frustrate fans wanting big moves or writers wanting a daily break from the “they signed whom?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles executive vice president came into the media room at the Ed Smith Stadium complex this morning to discuss the team's trade with the Detroit Tigers for infielder Steve Lombardozzi in exchange for nonroster infielder Alex Gonzalez , as well as Sunday's news that All-Star third baseman Manny Machado will open the season on the 15-day disabled list. Here is a transcript of what Duquette said: On acquiring Lombardozzi: Steve Lombardozzi is a talented infielder.
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Peter Schmuck | February 25, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. - Maybe Dan Duquette knew it all along, though if that were really the case, he isn't letting on. It certainly appears that he played the new "qualified" free agent system like a Stradivarius to pick up solid starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and slugger Nelson Cruz in a played-out market. He waited and weathered a frustrating winter during which he appeared to be playing a dangerous game with the hard-earned loyalty of a once disaffected fan base. He spent three months looking like a guy with all the wrong phone numbers and listening to a steady drumbeat of media criticism.
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By Peter Schmuck and Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette will not rule out another free agent acquisition to upgrade the team's offensive lineup, though top remaining hitter Kendrys Morales would require the club to give up its third pick in the June draft. The Orioles already surrendered their first pick (No. 17 overall) with the signing of starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez , who was officially introduced to the media at a televised news conference on Thursday morning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette's message to season-ticket holders was a clear one: "We still have work to do. " Duquette and Orioles manager Buck Showalter kicked off this year's annual Orioles FanFest with a question-and-answer session for season-ticket holders. Duquette said he's still trying to upgrade the club's pitching staff and would like to add a veteran starting pitcher by free agency. Meanwhile, fans at Baltimore Convention Center were asking whether the club was going to make an announcement on a signing -- the team has shown interest in veteran right-handers A.J. Burnett and Bronson Arroyo -- at FanFest.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Saturday at FanFest that the club offered first baseman Chris Davis a long-term contract extension this winter, but that “it really hasn't progressed.” Davis, who finished third in American League Most Valuable Player voting last season, can't be a free agent until after the 2015 season. Davis said he didn't think there had been any discussions between the Orioles and his agent, Scott Boras, since last season, and joked that he wanted to know more about what Duquette had said.
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