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You'd think that after a weekend of us posting no news links I would have a ton to choose from. You would be wrong. 

Orioles close to signing first baseman Adam LaRoche | USATODAY.com
USA Today piles onto everyone else's rumors. Also, did you know that a left-handed batter will enjoy the "short porch" in LEFT field at Camden Yards? Nice proofing, guys. -zk

Orioles notes: LaRoche, Blanton, and Thames | Orioles Insider
The Orioles are interested in Marcus Thames? Why?

Olde Man’s Tavern: Buck’s Place | Call to the Pen
This guy loves Buck Showalter. Who doesn't?

Is this the week? | School of Roch 
Roch Kubatko says possibly the most logical thing he has ever said with, "It's crazy that we're making such a fuss over Adam LaRoche."

The Crystal Ball 2011: Jeremy Accardo | Dempsey's Army
DA takes a look at what we can expect from new relief pitcher Jeremy Accardo.

Brewers go all in with trade for Royals' Greinke | Yahoo! Sports
In case you didn't hear, Yuniesky Betancourt was traded to the Brewers for Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress. The Royals also threw in Zack Greinke to sweeten the deal. 

Nats tried, couldn't get Greinke's OK | MLB.com
Zack Greinke was not interested in coming to Washington because he winning is his only motivation. I mean, I know the Brewers have a better chance to win than the Nationals, but it's not like they're perennial contenders.