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It's Saturday. You've got shopping to do, presents to wrap, Young Adult fiction books to read (just not "Twilight") and precious little sports, aside from the rumored ouster of Ralph Freidgen from UMd football. Oh, and that sweet, sweet Matrix-inspired wall-push kick from Anthony Pettis on Thursday's last WEC show. That was dope.

Orioles Insider: Accardo excited to be on board 
"I talked to probably five or six teams, maybe even seven, that were pretty legitimate talks," Jeremy Accardo said in a phone interview. "When I talked to Andy and Buck on the phone, I was pretty sold there. I just wanted to weigh the options. This is where we want to be for the next few years, and hopefully even longer than that." So, if this is where you want to be for the next few years, why did you agree to a one-year deal?

Orioles Insider: Agent: O's one of few teams still in mix with Gregg
The agent of Kevin Gregg sounds like he's trying to create the illusion of a market for a multi-year deal for his client. And Andy MacPhail will patiently wait. And wait. And wait. And then Gregg will sign for what the O's offer. Or, Andy completely misreads this, and some other team signs him to a stupid multi-year deal. Either way, we win.

Berken expects to be ready for Spring Training | MLB.com: News
"While the Orioles continue to replenish their depleted bullpen -- officially signing Jeremy Accardo on Friday, with hopes of adding one or two more arms -- there's growing optimism that they will be further bolstered this spring by reliever Jason Berken, who expects to be healthy in time for camp."

Steve Melewski: Dave Schmidt talks about Hobgood's fastball
"We can't sugarcoat it. We haven't seen the fastball velocity or the break on the curveball - no, we haven't seen that. But I have seen other things that lead me to believe that he is going to get that back." I'm sure this all ends well.

Joe Blogs: Being There With Greinke
If a reporter says they know what Zack Greinke is thinking, turn the channel. They're making stuff up. Joe Posnanski says Greinke is about as unknowable a player as he's ever met. Not that that's a bad thing.

Greinke wants out of Kansas City - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN
"Zack Greinke wants to be traded, and the Kansas City Royals intend to grant his wish. Greinke fired his agent on Friday, the clearest indication yet of the ace right-hander’s desire to be sent to another club." Take with a grain of salt. But just a grain.

A toast! A toast! A toast to Mama Dollar and to Papa Dollar, and if you want to keep this old Building and Loan in business, you better have a Open Thread real quick.