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Question of the Day: As you'll see below, the big media types in Baltimore are all antsy for the Orioles to do "something big" at the Winter Meetings next week. What are you hoping to see happen next week? -Andrew

Virtual Vensanity: Orioles: Waiting for MacPhail to make his move 
Matt Vensel warns Andy MacPhail he better do something big at the Winter Meetings. I'd rather he do nothing than something stupid.

Orioles could be active at Winter Meetings | orioles.com: News
"Given the Orioles' roster flexibility -- and the modest payroll dedicated to 2011 -- next week's Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., could get the ball rolling in what is expected to be a busy winter in Baltimore." So, Britt Ghiroli is expecting big news while in Florida. This is becoming a theme rather quickly.

Orioles Insider: Talking non-tenders -- Albers and Theriot edition
Matt Albers is the only non-tender candidate likely to not get an offer, while the Orioles will be scouring the list to see if a shortstop comes available. Now that Juan Uribe has signed with the Dodgers, expect Ryan Theriot to become available.

Steve Melewski: Not too concerned about strikeouts
"I remember watching Adam Dunn bat in a few key spots the last few years vs. the Orioles. The thought in the back of your mind is that this guy could hit the next pitch out for a three-run homer that changes this game. I don't remember thinking about how much he strikes out and the pitcher on the mound at the time probably wasn't either." I do believe we're getting somewhere here.

School of Roch: Minor matters
"If you attend a lot of Delmarva Shorebirds games, you'll get to know roving hitting instructor Denny Walling. He'll be working quite a bit with shortstop Manny Machado and middle infielder Mychal Givens." So we have our first inkling of where Manny Machado will start next year, and it's in my backyard. Guess I'm hosting a "Camden Chat Welcomes Manny!" BBQ in my backyard next spring. Y'all are all welcome to come, just tell me what day works for most of you.

Blyleven, Alomar overdue for Hall enshrinement | orioles.com: News
Some random MLB.comm columnist insists it's time to put Robbie Alomar and Bert Blyleven in the Hall of Fame. Well then, let's get on that, shall we?

Prime 9 | MLB Network: Show Lineup
Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson will be featured in a new episode of MLB Network’s Prime 9: Third Basemen tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET. Robinson will be ranked alongside other third basemen, including the Phillies’ Mike Schmidt, the Royals’ George Brett, and the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez. -zk

Andy Pettitte a Ranger? Texas president Nolan Ryan makes stealthy pitch to Yankees pitcher
If the Yankees outbid the Rangers for Cliff Lee, the Rangers may have found a way to strike back. -zk

Alomar confident he'll make Hall this time | orioles.com: News
"Roberto Alomar is confident that he'll make it to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in the Class of 2011. The 10-time Gold Glove Award-winning second baseman barely missed the cut by eight votes on his first ballot attempt last year." And no, I'm not going to make a "he was within spitting distance of getting elected last year" joke. Oh, wait...

He didn't save enough money to send Harry to school, let alone me. But he did help a few people get out of your Open Thread, Mr. Potter, and what's wrong with that?