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February 17, 2014

Rumor Roundup

The Team That Cried Free Agent

by Daniel Rathman


Orioles willing to cough up a draft pick to sign a top free agent
Memo to the representatives for the free agents who declined qualifying offers and have not yet signed: call Dan Duquette. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Orioles are willing to cough up their first-round pick.

Reports over the past few weeks have indicated that the Orioles are actively seeking ways to upgrade their roster, with as much as $17 million still to spend. They have since added Korean free agent Suk-Min Yoon, who agreed to a three-year, $5.75 million deal that could rise to $13 million if he notches incentives tied to games started. But two other targets landed elsewhere, with A.J. Burnett joining the Phillies and Fernando Rodney heading to the Mariners. Duquette has plenty of cash in his wallet, and he’s running out of non-qualified free agents on whom to spend it.

Rosenthal believes that Duquette would prefer to bring in a starting pitcher, an assertion that jibes with earlier reports that the Orioles were hoping to ink two arms rather than a hitter like Nelson Cruz or Kendrys Morales. The two candidates, as far as top-shelf free agents go, are Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana. Either would cost the Orioles the 17th-overall selection in the June draft.

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