The Winter Meetings hot stove was steaming today with Orioles rumors.
First, for the information from Dan Duquette himself. The Orioles plan on adding at least one player by the end if this week, if not multiple. They are working on both acquiring players through free agency and trades, although the Orioles GM says the difficulty of making trades work means that a free agent signing is more likely to happen. Duquette also stated, as he as multiple times now, that the Orioles are willing to forfeit their 2014 First Round Draft selection if they must to sign a free agent. Lastly, Duquette said that he will not limit all free agent deals to one year.
Now onto all of the player specific rumors. Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun has reported that the Orioles still remain interested in RHP Gavin Floyd as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery. He notes that the team also has interest in relief pitchers Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan who injured their elbow and shoulder respectively last season.
Roch Kubatko linked the Orioles to two free agent starting pitchers, RHP Bartolo Colon and RHP Jason Hammel. It was later reported that Hammel’s representatives are seeking a three to four year deal for the former Orioles hurler. Kubatko noted that a deal with Hammel will be incentive laden. He also noted that the Orioles are not making a great push to resign Brian Roberts as of yet. Lastly, Roch said that Dan Duquette mentioned that OF Rajai Davis will likely sign with some team in the coming days, but remained noncommittal as far as the Orioles interest.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported via twitter that the Orioles met with the agents for OF Nelson Cruz today and remain interested. He also notes that the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners are interested in signing Cruz.
Lastly, Buster Olney of ESPN notes that most of the industry sources he has spoken with do not expect the Orioles to sign a pricey free agent because of perceived payroll limitations.