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Matt Albers working on his conditioning
Matt Albers is near Houston for his off-season work, with about two dozen ballplayers. He admits Mexican food is good, but bad for you. Kinda like shots after midnight, Matt. Actually, it's almost exactly the same. -duck

Steve Melewski ponders O's needs
He comes to the conclusion the Orioles need a stud pitcher more than a bat. Unless John Lackey is a possibility (he's not), I'd disagree with that assessment. -duck

O's sign reliever Hinckley to minor league deal
"The Orioles have signed left-handed reliever Mike Hinckley to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training." He had a 4.66 ERA last year with 11 walks in 9.2 IP with the Nats. Yet in 2008, he made 14 appearance and didn't give up a run. Looks like more spaghetti's getting tossed at a wall. -duck

MacPhail talks about the corners
Pretty good stuff. Neither Bell or Snyder will start 2010 with the O's, but it'll be up to them to prove their ready during the season. Short term options at the corners, but they don't want anyone too young. -Stacey

Hendrickson update.
He and the O's still hope to get back together for 2010, but in the meantime he tied the knot. Congrats, Hendo! -Stacey

Messrs. Mooney, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs offer their compliments to Professor Snape and request that he keep his abnormally large nose out of other people's Open Threads.