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For the O's, the Winter Meetings went in with a bang and out with a whimper. Given the bang that kicked things off, I'm cool with that. I guess.

Duquette says Orioles made progress at Winter Meetings | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore Would you expect him to say otherwise.

School of Roch: Would the Orioles bring back McLouth?
Ugh.

Local News | FresnoBee.com
So, this is an article about Rule 5 pick Sean Halton. Yeah, Fresno!

Dan Duquette is betting on the Orioles' farm system (Birds Watcher) Of course, this is what Duquette wants us to think now, but I'd be surprised if he doesn't have a few tricks up his sleeve.

Camden Depot: Don't Trust a Reliever Farther Than You Can Throw Him Don't worry about missing out on the reliever bonanza...

Who Were The Best One-Year Orioles In Team History? (Pressbox)
An interesting exercise examining mercenary Birds...

On this day in 1993, the O's signed Rafael Palmeiro for the first time Turned out pretty well. On this day in 2007, crafty, sweater-vested front office bargain hunter Andy MacPhail traded Miguel Tejada to the Astros for Luke Scott, Troy Patton, Matt Albers, Dennis Sarfate and Mike Costanzo. I think the O's won that one.

It's the birthday of Garrett Atkins. Shudder.