Orioles Notes: Martinez, Exposito, Urrutia

It's been a quiet offseason for the Orioles, as MLBTR's Transaction Tracker shows. Executive VP of baseball operations Dan Duquette re-signed Nate McLouth, traded for Danny Valencia and Trayvon Robinson, and completed a number of waiver claims and minor league signings. Here's the latest from Baltimore…

  • The Orioles have four catchers on their 40-man roster after claiming Luis Martinez, as Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun points out. Baltimore executives have been looking to improve organizational catching depth, and they now have Martinez, Taylor Teagarden and Luis Exposito behind Matt Wieters. Both Exposito and Martinez could begin the 2013 season in Triple-A, since they both have minor league options, Encina writes.
  • Henry Urrutia, a Cuban defector who signed with the Orioles this past summer, remains in Haiti, Encina reports. He hasn’t been able to obtain a visa, so it’s not clear whether he’ll be able to participate in Spring Training.
  • While some expect the Orioles to regress in 2013, it's possible they'll continue playing at the level that led them to the playoffs this past season in the view of Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com.

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