Roch Kubatko of the Baltimore Sun has a blog update with plenty of new hot stove info.
- Adam Jones never left Venezuela, and has been cleared to play in tonight’s winter league game. Does this means something changed in the Erik Bedard talks? We can only speculate.
- The Orioles have been talking to the agents for free agents Octavio Dotel and Rod Barajas. The Dotel talks were recent. However, Kubatko says "late inning relief isn’t a top priority." Maybe Andy MacPhail just wants to see if he can get Dotel on a nice one-year deal for $6MM or so.
- MacPhail told Kubatko, "We haven’t closed any doors" in response to a question about supposedly dead talks with the Cubs. Nothing seems imminent but perhaps the two sides are still discussing Brian Roberts after all.