Thursday Bird Droppings

O's look to fill corner infield vacancies | orioles.com: News
Spencer Fordin summarizes the needs of the club as the Winter Meetings kick off in Indianapolis in four days. Really, nothing you haven't seen before (although this is the first I've heard of ther O's considering Pedro, last April's canard notwithstanding). The article is already outdated since Wagner signed with Atlanta yesterday. -zk

2010 Orioles Spring Training Schedule | orioles.com: Schedule
As mentioned yesterday, the Orioles released their Spring Training schedule. They'll open at Ed Smith Stadium against the Rays on March 3–assuming all the litigation is finished by then. -zk

2010 MLB Free Agents: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com
MLBTradeRumors has updated this list to show who was offered arbitration and who wasn't. Of particular interest would be Type A free agents who weren't offered arbitration by their former clubs—meaning they can be signed without giving up any picks. That list includes Bengie Molina, Orlando Hudson, Placido Polanco, Miguel Tejada, Johnny Damon, Jermaine Dye, Randy Wolf, Kevin Gregg, Octavio Dotel, LaTroy Hawkins, and Darren Oliver. Expect some of these guys to go early in the FA signing process. -zk

Talking Glovework - MASNsports.com
O's president Andy MacPhail is a big believer in defense. But knowing the O's also need to bolster their lineup by adding talent this winter, would he sacrifice defense for a player with a big bat? "I don't like sacrificing defense if I can avoid it. I think it's important and is an under-appreciated ability in our sport--an ability that is difficult to measure, but important nonetheless." -zk

This writer won't hustle for Roberto Alomar as a first-ballot Hall of Famer
Bill Livingston isn't voting for Roberto Alomar this year because he didn't hustle in the 2001 ALDS. Um, ok. -Stacey

Nats' Lannan, Balester dueling online - washingtonpost.com
John Lannan and Collin Balester are in a race to see who can get 500 followers on Twitter, with the loser having to get a mullet. Here is the part where I admit to having no idea who Collin Balester is. -Stacey

A New Liz on Life
Someone on the staff of the Baysox looks back fondly at Radhames Liz. Did you know he threw a no-hitter at Bowie in 2007? I have no memory of that. -zk

Theo Epstein, Scott Boras headline winter's movers and shakers - Jon Heyman - SI.com
Jon Heyman previews the "players" we should expect to hear from at the winter meetings. Naturally, the words "MacPhail" and "Orioles" don't show up anywhere in his two-page article. But you will find RedSoxYankeesMetsBorasblahblahblah. Even Seattle and Toronto are mentioned. Not Baltimore. -zk

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