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Dan Duquette doesn't want to give up the Orioles' first round draft pick, Yovani Gallardo better have a back-up plan, and Buck Showalter had a pretty good feeling the O's would keep most of their free agents.

I'd imagine it would be pretty hard to play a game at OPaCY today.
I'd imagine it would be pretty hard to play a game at OPaCY today.
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Orioles' surprising offseason spending spree no surprise to Buck Showalter - Baltimore Sun
"Manager Buck Showalter always thought the Orioles might be able to retain several of their top free agents this winter. Well, that makes one of us."

Steve Melewski: After press conference, Chris Davis mentioned Peter Angelos, David Price and one fan
"I think it is encouraging to guys who may be looking to do a bigger deal. I think it is encouraging to see that the team is willing to make that kind of offer, that kind of commitment."

School of Roch: This, that and the other
"Executive vice president Dan Duquette repeated on MLB Network's "High Heat" that the club prefers to hold onto its first-round pick, though he wasn't offering any guarantees. He noted how the price of doing business tends to change. Duquette also repeated how the Orioles need to restock the farm system with young arms after trading away a batch of them over the past few years in trades aimed to keep the team in contention."

School of Roch: Because You Asked - Seventh Inning Fetch
"Are the Orioles still in on Yovani Gallardo? In the sense that they're interested, but also leery of giving him more than three years and surrendering the 14th overall pick in the draft. Despite some reports to the contrary, it appears that the Orioles have moved away from him. It's also another reason why I think Doug Fister makes more sense."

Steve Melewski: Another look at Yovani Gallardo, Doug Fister and the pitching market
"The question for us is, are we willing to give up our first-round pick and so far that answer has been no," Dan Duqette said.

MLB Rumors - Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros or Baltimore Orioles Will Sign Yovani Gallardo | Sportige
"With Yovani Gallardo 100% not going back to the Texas Rangers, it seems he’s left with three options: Going to the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros or the Colorado Rockies."

Robinson opened doors for others - York Dispatch
"In the first few weeks he wore an Orioles uniform, Frank Robinson threatened to leave the team because his family couldn't find a place to live in the segregated Baltimore of 1966." A great look at the impact of Frank Robinson off the baseball field.

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Tim Stoddard. He shares it with famous people including 76 - Hadrian, Roman Emperor and masonry contractor; 1712 - Frederick II (the Great), King of Prussia, but not a mall owner; 1862 - Edith Wharton, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist; 1918 - Oral Roberts, American televangelist; 1941 - Neil Diamond, singer-songwriter; 1943 - Sharon Tate, American actress, and the reason you know who Charles Manson is; 1949 - John Belushi, comedian/actor; 1974 - Ed Helms, actor; 1983 - Scott Speed, race car driver; 1986 - Misha Barton, actress.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1900 - Officials from the National League hold a secret meeting in Cleveland, supposedly to discuss dropping the Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville and Washington, DC franchises from the league roster. Indeed, the four teams will be contracted before the start of the season.
1915 - In a retreat in the face of competition from the Federal League, the Orioles of the International League move to Richmond, VA. With the demise of the FL, the Orioles will return to Baltimore in 1916
1961 - The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Athletics agree on a six-player trade. The Orioles acquire outfielders Whitey Herzog and Russ Snyder from the Athletics in exchange for infielder Wayne Causey, pitcher Jim Archer, and outfielders Bob Boyd and Al Pilarcik.

In world history today...

41 - Claudius succeeds his nephew Caligula as Roman Emperor after his assassination by Praetorian Guards.
1857 - The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first full-fledged university in south Asia.
1899 - Rubber heel patented by Humphrey O'Sullivan
1908 - Gen Baden-Powell starts Boy Scouts
1984 - Apple Computer Inc unveils its revolutionary Macintosh personal computer

Consider this your discussion space for anything snow-related since athletics at the University of Maryland are completely depressing me at the moment. Can someone, anyone, grab a rebound anymore?