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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
The bidding for Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka ends on Jan. 24. The Orioles won't be in on it. Tanaka, who is 25 and was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League last season, is probably in line for a seven-year contract that will push well above $100 million. Considering the Orioles have never gone beyond three years for a MLB free-agent pitcher, Tanaka is well out of their comfort zone. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said that - point blank - earlier this month.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
The Orioles claimed right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Chicago Cubs, the team announced Monday. The addition of the 24-year-old Hendriks, however, doesn't alter the Orioles' offseason search for a starting pitcher to help solidify the club's rotation, executive vice president Dan Duquette said. Hendriks was 2-13 with a 6.06 ERA in 30 major league games (28 starts) over the past three seasons for the Minnesota Twins before being claimed off waivers by the Cubs on Dec. 13. Last season, Hendriks was 1-3 with a 6.85 ERA in 10 games (eight starts)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
Fate has not been friendly to the Orioles so far this offseason, but frustration might have reached its peak on Friday, when the team cut ties with a player who would have been its prize acquisition of the hot-stove season, further compounding the club's star-crossed December. The Orioles officially parted ways with free-agent closer Grant Balfour on Friday when executive vice president Dan Duquette announced the club was diving back into the free-agent closer market after team doctors were not satisfied with the results of Balfour's pre-signing physical.
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By Eduardo A. Enicna and The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Signing a closer to replace former All-Star Jim Johnson is high on Dan Duquette's shopping list at this week's winter meetings, but word that the Orioles executive vice president was close to acquiring a free-agent closer Tuesday was premature and became an example of the way rumor sometimesdiffers from reality on the hot-stove front. The day began with discussion swirling that the Orioles were nearing a deal with free agent Grant Balfour, but Duquette and manager Buck Showalter said the club had yet to make an offer to any closer.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore | December 10, 2013
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette supressed speculation that the club was nearing a deal with a free-agent closer on Tuesday here at baseball's winter meetings. The day began with rumors that the Orioles were close to signing free-agent closer Grant Balfour, but Duquette told local media late Tuesday afternoon that those reports were way ahead of reality. “There's a lot of speculation out there with the closer thing and I think the speculation is pretty far ahead of the market and our involvement in the market,” Duquette said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
The frenzy of transactions that previewed this year's winter meetings gave way to a slow opening day Monday, and along with that, the Orioles resumed a methodical plan of improving their club for next season. The Orioles reopened talks with prospective free agents and possible trade partners during the winter meetings Monday, and executive vice president Dan Duquette remains confident he will return to Baltimore with a new acquisition. “We've had a lot of conversations,” Duquette said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2013
In most years, baseball's winter meetings mark the unofficial starting line of the annual offseason spending spree on free agents. But as the Orioles arrive at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort this week, pay day for several high-priced free agents has already come and gone. Meanwhile, the Orioles front-office members arrived in Florida on Sunday coming off a week in which they dealt 50-save closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics for unproven infielder Jemile Weeks and a projected $10-million of payroll relief.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2013
We will know soon enough whether Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette strikes gold with the signing of former San Francisco Giants prospect Francisco Peguero, but Duquette is definitely making it clear how highly he thinks of the 25-year-old outfielder. Speaking with local media Sunday night here at the Swan and Dolphin Resort at Walt Disney World, Duquette said Peguero, who has started just nine games in the major leagues over the past two seasons, can be an everyday ballplayer at the big league level.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
If you're waiting for the Jim Johnson trade to fit nicely into some offseason master plan that makes perfect sense, you're probably going to be disappointed. The puzzle pieces are starting to fit together, and it looks like they're going to create a picture that Orioles fans are not going to like. It certainly appears that Orioles ownership is holding the purse strings so tightly that executive vice president Dan Duquette had to sidestep a costly arbitration process with a deal that sent a 50-save closer to the Oakland Athletics for relatively little in return.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2013
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette was fairly adamant last offseason that he would not sign a free agent who would require his club to give up its first-round draft pick. He didn't, and the Orioles selected high school pitcher Hunter Harvey with the 22nd overall pick of the 2013 amateur draft. This year, however, Duquette seems to have softened that stance, at least slightly. When asked whether he still would be hesitant to forfeit a pick for a free agent, Duquette said: “We'll have to evaluate that on a case-by-case basis.
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