Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Bullpen and More

This week has ushered a flurry of activity in the sport of baseball with some signings of prominent and not so-well known names and a huge, huge trade. However, for the Orioles, they have not made any more waves since the winter meetings, but it looks like the front office is keeping their eyes open on the market. And yes, it's great to not see Brian Roberts' name bandied about in trade rumors this off-season.

I think we all want to see more happen out with the Orioles and see them as agressive as let's the Red Sox or Phillies, but there's a lot of time until Spring Training. The one area Baltimore needs help is in it's bullpen and right now little has been done to improve on that front.

This evening, the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec has a piece on free agents that may interest the Orioles and quite a few of them are of the closer variety. The names thrown out include Matt Capps, Fernando Rodney, Mike Gonzalez, Jose Valeverde, Kevin Gregg and Mike MacDougal.

As it is it looks like the Orioles really like Rodney, while having a strong interest in Capps. It looks like Gonzalez and Valverde will be expensive and plus cost two draft picks, so it's safe to say that the Orioles may look for value with the names on the market.

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