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Prospect Watch: Baseball's top 10 shortstops |
Jonathan Mayo lists Manny Machado as the top SS prospect in baseball.

Orioles Insider: Who is backing up third? (and some minor notes)
If the biggest problem the Orioles have is who is the back-up third baseman, we're gonna be just fine.

Former Oriole Hairston gets one-year contract with Nationals -
The Washington Nationals agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with utility player Jerry Hairston Jr.,and other former Orioles stave off unemployment as well.

Adam Jones unfazed by no talks with Orioles about long-term contract |
Adam Jones says he isn't bothered by the lack of an extension this off-season, and that such an extension was never discussed by either side.

Steve Melewski: More with Jordan on Matt Hobgood
"No. I had no one telling me to do this because of the money," O's scouting director Joe Jordan said. "This was my decision and my decision only. I had the reports on file to justify taking the guy. That's the kind of evaluation we had on him."

Twitter / @Brittany Ghiroli: #Orioles 2b Brian Roberts is now on Facebook
Click on the link to find the info.

Did Lee damage Yankees -- and front office? -
"It's no surprise to hear someone say the Yankees overpaid for a free agent. But it sure is a little strange when that someone is the general manager of the Yankees." Oh, let the inward-facing firing squad at the Yankees front office commence!

School of Roch: Kevin Millwood: "I don't think the door is closed"
So this is the sound of desperation...

Catcher Matt Wieters seeking rebound season with Orioles | News
"The 24-year-old, who by his own admission had a disappointing 2010 campaign, has been working out in Sarasota, Fla. -- where he purchased a home at the end of last spring -- and said his focus has been more "offensive-driven" than years past."

PressBox: Sargent Shriver Was Key Figure In Orioles' '89 Sale
"Indirectly, Shriver played a part in the way the history of his favorite baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles, has played out. It was the Shriver family, and Sergeant's son Bobby, who brokered the connection between Larry Lucchino, then the president of the O's who was charged with the prospect of selling the Birds for the estate of Edward Bennett Williams and New York City financier Eli Jacobs."

Who Is the Most Valuable Player in Baseball? (Part 2) | FanGraphs Baseball
So, who IS the most valuable player in MLB? The answer isn't surprising, and frankly, neither are the other two choices.

Twins finally reach two-year, $16.5M pact with Pavano | HardballTalk
Carl Pavano won't pitch for the O's this season. Shocker, I know... 

 I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS OPEN THREAD COUCH!