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GET YOUR LINKS. HERE ARE YOUR LINKS.

Kerry at the Belfry takes a close look at how crap our offense was this season. You know it was crap, I know it was crap, we all know it was crap. But Kerry really gets into how crap it was.

Tony Pente gives his side of that Orioles Hangout Roberts Trade Fiasco. I dunno, I didn't think it was a big deal, either. People get things wrong sometimes. Information leaks and then the thing in question doesn't happen. I've never really given my feelings on O's Hangout like many of you have (good and bad), but I'll do that now. I have nothing but respect for them, even if it's not exactly my scene, if you know what I mean. I think they do a damn good job over there keeping fans involved and caring about the team.

Gordon Wittenmeyer at the very lowly secondary Chicago paper (but the one with the better sports section, if you ask me) says that Angelos put the kibosh on a 7-for-2 trade that would've sent Brian Roberts and Erik Bedard to Wrigley, where I possibly could've seen them beat the Orioles live and in person this season. But he also says an Orioles source denied the deal was ever offered. So who knows? Lou Piniella says he doesn't think the Cubs will add an infielder, which would probably mean Brian will be the first O's batter of 2008.

Adam Loewen got a new one-year deal. All MST3K fans join me: "Yay."

Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer calls the proposed Bedard-to-Seattle talks that have centered on Adam Jones "a heist" for us, and implores the Mariners to hold on to Jones. He's probably right.

Meet your new bullpen catcher, Orioles fans! Former Windy City Thunderbolts hitting coach Ronnie Deck.

They don't have permalinks over at that other sports blog network -- scoff -- but Anthony Amobi (the cool cat who did that Baseball Digest Daily thing with me) at Oriole Magic did a short post recently about Luis Hernandez. Just scroll down a bit, then open the comments window. If you don't want to do all that, this is why I said open the comments window:

2. Gino -- January 17, 2008 @ 9:11 pm Why Not! Give him a shot and see what happens. The BB-K ration is a concern but I'm sure Crowley can fix that. Hope Springs Eternal...

So there you have it. The world's one Orioles fan that thinks Terry Crowley can fix someone's K-to-BB ratio for the better.