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Gonzalez ready to fight for closing job 
Mike Gonzalez expects to be the Orioles' full-time closer in 2010, but he's taking the same approach he has had his entire career. He's prepared to fight for it. -duck

After flurry, Orioles likely to wait awhile
On Thursday, a team official shot down a report that the Orioles are pursuing St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday, who the club believes would be too costly to acquire, and denied that they have made a significant effort to trade for San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. -duck

Holliday Intrigue: Orioles in, and a "mystery team" arrives
The connections between the Orioles and Holliday go from his friendship with Roberts, to Baltimore’s recent signing of Holliday’s former teammate Garrett Atkins to even, as Zrebiec points out, pitching coach Rick Kranitz past life as an Oklahoma State coach and his ongoing friendship with Holliday’s father, Tom. The real connection driving this story however is this: The Orioles had reason to talk to Holliday’s agent, Scott Boras, in the past few days as they finalized the deal with reliever Mike Gonzalez. -duck

Mets, Angels, Braves, Giants, Mariners still have moves to make - Jon Heyman
More proof that Jon Heyman is not good at his job. Sure, we're biased towards the Orioles, but no mention of the team's moves at all while focusing on the Mets' pursuit of Matt Holliday. Every other media outlet is reporting the O's are in the mix, but to Heyman? We don't exist. And Adam Jones was one of the biggest busts in baseball his rookie year. Don't forget that gem, too. -duck

Look back at Bowie in 2009
Today we continue our look back at O's minor league teams from the 2009 season with a feature on Double-A Bowie of the Eastern League with comments from Baysox manager Brad Komminsk. -duck

O's on Deck: Orioles making all the right gambles
How do the Orioles reverse the slide of 12 consecutive losing seasons? Obviously, the answer isn't simple or the Orioles wouldn't be facing the question. However, the team is doing what it needs to do in order to win in the always competitive American League East. With their moves so far this offseason -- trading for Kevin Millwood and agreeing to deals with Garrett Atkins and Mike Gonzalez -- the Orioles are addressing their weaknesses heading into 2010. -duck

Garrett Atkins and Mike Gonzalez: A closer look
Snapshot looks at each player. -duck

Mets Sign Igarashi, a Reliever, in 2-Year Deal
The Mets agreed Thursday with the Japanese reliever Ryota Igarashi on a two-year, $3 million contract. The Mets want Igarashi to be the eighth-inning setup man for the All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez. -duck

Trade to Mariners leaves Lee in ‘shock'
Cliff Lee thought he was staying in Philadelphia — for the rest of his career. -duck

Grandma got run over by a Open Thread
Walking home from our house Christmas Eve.
You can say there's no such thing as Santa,
But as for me and Grandpa, we believe.