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Monday Bird Droppings

It's sort of the soft opening of Silly Season as we await tonight's deadline for the tendering of contracts to arbitration eligible players; the consistently over-hyped Winter Meetings begin a week from today.

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The Week Ahead: Who will be non-tendered? | News
The O's left little mystery about their own non-tender candidates as tonight's deadline approaches, but what about the other guys?

School of Roch: Random thoughts
Roch ponders the latest spate of minor moves and their impact on the roster.

What is Jeff Samardzija? - Beyond the Box Score
A look at a pitcher that has been linked with the O's.

Baltimore Orioles 'likely interested' in outfielder Francisco Peguero - FanSided
More minor rumors (I'm still waiting on DeJesus!).

Wada never fulfilled Orioles' hopes | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore Shed no tears for Tsuyoshi Wada.

On this day in 1995, the home run ball that Cal Ripken, Jr. hit the night he broke The Streak was sold for $41,736.