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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2012
NASHVILLE -- On the eve of this year's Winter Meetings, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette re-emphasized that the team's top priority is acquiring a middle-of-the-order power bat. Speaking to reporters Sunday night at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Duquette said the Orioles are more likely to address that need via trade, but they will continue to monitor the free agent market. "I believe we will be able to do some good here," Duquette said.
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From Sun staff reports | April 4, 2014
Jockey Julian Pimentel rode a pair of winners on the opening day card of the Pimlico Race Course spring meeting Thursday. The 34-year-old, who has been a top-five state rider since arriving from New Jersey in 2006, placed first with He's Achance and Glich in front of an announced crowd of 3,283. The 35-day spring meeting will feature live racing on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule through June 7, including its signature race, the 139th Preakness on May 17. Saturday's 10-race card will feature three stakes races: the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes for 3-year-olds and up on the turf, the $75,000 Twixt Stakes for 3-year-old Maryland-bred fillies and the $100,000 Dahlia Stakes for fillies and mares on the grass.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
A couple quick things to share with you from sunny Nashville (We can only assume it is sunny. But it is very temperate inside the hotel.) Major League Baseball's pre-integration committee reviewed candidates from the sport's beginning until 1946 and chose three people for induction: umpire Hank O'Day, former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert and former player Deacon White. Ruppert is the guy who actually purchased that kid from Baltimore away from the Boston Red Sox in January 1920, in case you were wondering.
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December 17, 2013
I personally liken the Orioles involvement in Major League Baseball's winter meetings to a fishing expedition where the crew eagerly embarks on a trip to snag some trophy marlin only to pathetically return to port with a few minnows and lots of seaweed ("As winter meetings wrap up, Orioles still without a major move," Oct. 12). Being a loyal Orioles fan tests the limits of my patience. I have to infuse levity for fear of losing my seasick mind. I am without doubt that many O's fans are in the same boat.
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By Dan Connolly | December 2, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dan Duquette, the Orioles' executive vice president of baseball operations, took some time away from the organization's affiliates' reception to talk to reporters tonight at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. The winter meetings don't start in earnest until Monday. Here are some of his quotes on specific Orioles' topics. Duquette on the club's goal this week at the annual winter meetings: “Our agenda at the winter meetings, of course, is to try to find a hitter.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2012
The Orioles didn't return to Baltimore from the winter meetings with the power bat they coveted, but club executive vice president Dan Duquette was satisfied with the team's progress this week in Nashville, Tenn. One of the team's top priorities was to sign an outfielder, and the Orioles were able to agree to terms with left fielder Nate McLouth on Wednesday. In Thursday's Rule 5 draft, the team selected 23-year-old left-hander T.J. McFarland. “I'm glad we signed an outfielder,” Duquette told reporters Thursday morning following the Rule 5 draft.
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December 4, 2012
A transcript of Buck Showalter's news conference Tuesday afternoon at the winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn (provided by ASAP Sports):   Q. Buck, is it any more special having the winter meetings here in Nashville?  Obviously, a place you spent a lot of time. BUCK SHOWALTER:  I spent a lot of time.  Most people don't stay in AA that long. I didn't mean it that way.  Someone said, you're the all time career hits in Nashville.  Yeah, I was here for 20 years playing in AA. No, it's a great city.  Met my wife here.  That's probably the greatest thing.  Spent some off¿seasons here working to make ends meet.  A lot of memories.  A lot of memories.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
As we head into the afternoon on Day 3 of the winter meetings, the Orioles remain quiet. No signings, no trades, a lot of discussion -- oh, and plenty preparation for tomorrow's Rule 5 draft. According to an industry source, the Orioles have still not made an offer to any closer. It looks like they're staying pat. But that doesn't mean the Orioles aren't trying to make any moves. Dan Duquette isn't riding Space Mountain or anything like that. And, really, what's the difference between making a move here under the winter meetings spotlight or a week down the road?
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter just met with the media for his annual winter meetings news conference. Here are some highlights: ** On the health front, Showalter said he believes outfielder Nolan Reimold (neck surgery), Brian Matusz (hernia surgery) and Tsuyoshi Wada (Tommy John surgery) are all recuperating well. Showalter said he believes Wada, who had surgery May 11, could be available before most originally expected, though he wouldn't predict a date. It usually takes a year or more to recover from the surgery.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2012
On the eve of this year's Winter Meetings, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette re-emphasized that the team's top priority this week is acquiring a middle-of-the-order power bat. Speaking to reporters Sunday night at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Duquette said the Orioles are more likely to address that need via trade, but they will continue to monitor the free agent market. Duquette fell short of saying he believed he could work a trade here in Nashville, but he sounded optimistic.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
The Orioles' offseason overhaul took some time to gain steam, but two moves in one day have added a little more clarity to the team's roster for next season. On Tuesday afternoon, the Orioles agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with former Oakland Athletics closer Grant Balfour, according to industry sources, and also learned that their most tenured player, second baseman Brian Roberts, had agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal, plus incentives, with the rival New York Yankees.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2013
Local product and free-agent right-hander Gavin Floyd, who is coming off season-ending elbow surgery, is close to signing a one-year deal with an undisclosed club not believed to be the Orioles, according to an industry source. The Orioles' interest in the 30-year-old Floyd, a Mount St. Joseph grad and Severna Park native, dates to his prep days. The team's most recent pursuit of the former White Sox pitcher included a meeting with Floyd this week during the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Since it is unclear whether Floyd would be ready to pitch by Opening Day, he is expected to receive an incentive-laden deal.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
The clock is ticking for the Orioles. We've reached the final day of the winter meetings and the team is still empty-handed here. The Orioles' pursuit of Grant Balfour continues. It could happen today, tomorrow, this weekend, next week, later this month or not at all. Until Balfour either signs with the Orioles or goes in another direction, the club won't likely extend offers to any other closing candidates. It appears the Australian right-hander is their top target, and only if he rejects them will the Orioles make offers to secondary options John Axford or Chris Perez.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
The lobby at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort quickly emptied out as Major League Baseball's winter meetings ended Thursday. While the Orioles only added a pair of Rule 5 draft picks this week, the club continued efforts to land a free-agent closer. The Orioles' focus remained on 35-year-old Grant Balfour, who recorded 38 saves last season, but whether the sides could come to an agreement before Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette flies back to Baltimore on Friday morning seems unlikely.
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December 11, 2013
Has it truly gotten this sad, this pathetic? Orioles President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette revealed the team's interest in two free agents who, according to The Sun, "have a history of performance-enhancing drug use" ( "Looking at Logan Morrison's possible fit in Baltimore, Jason Hammel and more," Dec. 10). Both pitcher Bartolo Colon and DH/outfielder Nelson Cruz have tainted histories of dabbling with PEDs or steroids. Are these the quality players whom classy Manager Buck Showalter deserves?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
As we head into the afternoon on Day 3 of the winter meetings, the Orioles remain quiet. No signings, no trades, a lot of discussion -- oh, and plenty preparation for tomorrow's Rule 5 draft. According to an industry source, the Orioles have still not made an offer to any closer. It looks like they're staying pat. But that doesn't mean the Orioles aren't trying to make any moves. Dan Duquette isn't riding Space Mountain or anything like that. And, really, what's the difference between making a move here under the winter meetings spotlight or a week down the road?
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December 5, 2012
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette had yet to make an acquisition as of Wednesday evening, but he said it is not from of a lack of trying. Duquette said that the Orioles are holding active discussions on both the free-agent and trade fronts and he hopes to close on leads before the club leaves Florida on Thursday. “You always like to get something done at the meetings because there's an intense focus on your team so we're going to try to get something done,” Duquette said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
At the Swan and Dolphin Resort during this week's winter meetings, there are a lot of baseball experts talking about talent, resorting to on-base percentage and WAR to evaluate value. But how do you measure chemistry? How does having a good clubhouse guy improve your team and your ability to win on the field? And how do you rebound when you lose one? That's one of the questions facing Orioles manager Buck Showalter right now after the club traded closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics last week and also lost outfielder Nate McLouth and right-hander Scott Feldman to free agency.
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