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Friday Bird Droppings: Peak Duquette

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In which Dan Duquette signs a guy that hasn't played pro ball since 2014...

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News that the Orioles had signed minor leaguers Sean Coyle and Garabez Rosa had already been making its way around twitter this week, but today we also learned that journeyman outfielder Chris Dickerson has been re-signed to a minor league deal and super-ultra journeyman Tomokazu Ohka has also signed a minor league deal with the club. Thing is, Ohka hasn't pitched in the bigs since 2009. Heck, he hasn't even pitched professionally since 2014, but he DOES throw a knuckleball now, so he's got that going for him. Which is nice.

The most Duquettian of moves: Tomo Ohka signed to minor deal - BaltimoreBaseball.com I mean, that about sums it up, right?

Report: Orioles, Rangers among teams shopping relievers | theScore.com Looks like Brach's on the block.

Rehab road: Hunter Harvey's comeback from Tommy John surgery is underway - Steve Melewski
Will Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey ever pitch in the same rotation?..

Camden Depot: What To Know About Welington Castillo In addition to some of the negative stuff you've heard about Castillo's defense, there's also an interesting bit here comparing his offense to Mark Trumbo.

Hall of Fame ballot: Is Vladimir Guerrero Cooperstown worthy? | SI.com
Jay Jaffe is one of the authorities on the Hall of Fame. You should make it a point on checking in with his series on this year's ballot.

On this day in 2003, the Orioles signed Miguel Tejada to a six year, $72 million contract, the largest in Orioles history at the time. In subsequent years on this day, they've signed Cesar "Maximum" Izturis, Garrett Atkins and Mike Gonzalez.

Mike Flanagan was one of the greatest pitchers in Orioles history. In his years with the organization he also served as a color commentator for Orioles broadcasts, pitching coach and front office executive. Though his tenure as co-GM could be charitably described as uneven, scouting and development vastly improved under his watch. He would be 65 today.