Orioles Notes: Fielder, Second Base, Pitching

The week between Christmas and New Year's tends to be fairly quiet, but Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette cautions that there's no such thing as a quiet time in baseball today, writes Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com.  Here's more on what we can expect from the O's in the coming weeks..

  • Duquette wouldn't divulge much when asked about Prince Fielder, only saying, "We're monitoring the market.  That's a good way to put it."  Because the Orioles are interested in Fielder, but not at his asking price, Kubatko writes that they should not be classified as a favorite to land a slugger.
  • Kubatko asked Duquette if the club will pursue a second baseman.  It doesn't sound as though it's at the top of his list as he cited Matt Antonelli, Robert Andino, and Rule 5 pickup Ryan Flaherty as candidates for the position.  
  • Duquette says that he will continue to look to bolster the team's pitching staff.  Yesterday we heard that the O's are among a handful of teams that are prioritizing pitching.

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