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Friday Bird Droppings: Winter Meetings aperitif

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In the days leading up to Winter Meetings, we've learned that Dan Duquette's hotline to the Mets front office is operational...

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With a new CBA in place, front office staff, agents (free and otherwise) and scoop hungry beat writers will descend on the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor for the 2016 Winter Meetings.

(edit) I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the non-tender deadline is midnight. A primer and running tally can be found at MLBTradeRumors.com...and we know how Dan Duquette enjoys his non-tenders, right?

Orioles manager Buck Showalter on winter meetings, free agency, new CBA and more - Carroll County Times Has anyone else noticed how often Buck talks about Audry Perez? It's peculiar.

Orioles preparing for 2016 Winter Meetings | MLB.com
Sure, sure...Dan Duquette will talk about laying groundwork and having good conversations, but deep down inside, he just wants to do some gosh darn Rule 5 drafting. Is that so wrong?

Will Waiting On Free Agents Work For The Orioles This Year?
Jon Bernhardt is suspicious...and thinks the O's will end up with Angel Pagan.

Assessing What We Know About the New CBA | FanGraphs Baseball
Like peeling back the layers of an onion...

Finding the Right Fit for Angel Pagan | FanGraphs Baseball
If you're counting, that's at least three articles floating in the cloud that link the O's Angel Pagan. Dios mio.

On this day in 1993, Eddie Murray signed with the Cleveland Indians. Twenty years later, the O's traded Jim Johnson to the A's for Jemile Weeks.

If your birthday is December 2, you share it with a pair of Dominican farmhands, Eddie Garabito and Michael Almanzar.