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Frage des Tages: As a matter of pure and complete speculation, if the Arizona Diamondbacks made shortstop Stephen Drew available with an extension negotiation window, what would you as shadow GM of the Orioles be willing to part with for him? You'd be set at shortstop for the foreseeable future, no more Cesar Izturis, no more Robert Andino...but at what price? -Andrew

GMs exchange wild-card, realignment, schedule ideas -
Andy MacPhail would like to see a return to a balanced schedule.

State approves settlement with O’s - Daily Record
Comptroller Peter Franchot singled out the advertising deal during the Board of Public Works meeting, but not to question the price tag or press the authority for details on how it came to the agreement."It just caught my eye because everyone else who negotiates with Mr. Angelos [Orioles owner Peter Angelos] gets nothing," Franchot said.

State approves deal to reduce, widen seats at Camden Yards -
Maryland's Board of Public Works accepted a deal Wednesday that will allow the Maryland Stadium Authority to start clearing seats out of Oriole Park at Camden Yards to make way for a new concession company and wider seats.

Steve Melewski: To trade or not to trade pitching, that is the question
Steve Melewski ponders whether trading any young pitchers would be beneficial.

Brewers have strong ties to O’s and Maryland - Explore Howard: The Driver's Seat
Miller Park is becoming Camden North.

Orioles Insider: Russell makes five
John Russell is almost a done deal as Buck's latest coaching hire.

Scottsdale 6, Mesa 0 - Winter Leagues: Arizona Fall League: Statistics | Events
Caleb Joseph went 2-for-4 and scored 2 runs, Xavier Avery went 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored and a RBI, and Ryan Adams went 0-for-1 with a run scored after drawing a walk.

I probably could have saved her if I'd have moved sooner. But I thought it was just another nightmare, like the one I had the night before. There was... there was this guy; he had Open Thread for fingers.