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Wednesday Bird Droppings: Where Manny can play whatever position he wants

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Dan Duquette would like to sign some guys by this weekend. So he says. That and more in today’s Bird Droppings!

Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

It’s hump day, Camden Chatters! We’re halfway through the work week, another week in which the Orioles have done nothing. I’m starting to feel silly talking about it every single time I start one of these posts, but what else can I do? This is a website about the Orioles.

We are now 64 days from Opening Day, and it will be here before you know it. Really. The number 64 appears to be a popular choice for players just getting called up from the minors as Jim Johnson, Bruce Chen, Brad Bergesen, and Pedro Strop all wore it in their first stints with the Orioles before moving on to their regular uniform number. It has been worn the past two seasons by Jayson Aquino, who I assume we will also see on the team this year.

It’s also just 20 days until pitchers and catchers report for spring training. That is hardly any days at all. Unless the Orioles make some big changes soon that is gonna be one ragtag bunch reporting for duty.

Do you want to read what others are saying about the Orioles? Here you go:

Most impactful addition by each team thus far in offseason - Blasting News
You guys know I couldn't resist this headline. Do you want to take guesses as to who they picked for the Orioles? It would be funny if it weren't so sad.

Despite Strong 2017, Orioles Reliever Richard Bleier Says He Still Needs To Earn His Spot - Press Box
Good news, y'all. Richard Bleier isn't getting too big for his britches. He would be a weird player to do so.

Manny Machado should not play shortstop - Birds Watcher
Do you agree?

Baltimore Orioles organization discussion - Minor League Ball
John Sickels’s yearly post to talk about the future of the Orioles. Join the discussion.

Here Are the Complete Team Ownership Ratings | FanGraphs Baseball
Jeff Sullivan asked for people to rate the ownership of all 30 teams. The Orioles/Peter Angelos came in third-from last, tied with the Pirates.

Duquette on negotiations, prospect list (plus other notes) - School of Roch
Everyone loves Duquette quotes, right? Here is one for you: "It would be good to sign some players before the weekend, for sure. That would be a plus."

Jarrod Dyson and Outfield Sprint Speed Aging - Camden Depot
Jon Shepherd notes that Dyson has drawbacks, but is still worth signing.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You share this day with two former Orioles. Ashur Tolliver was a 5th round draft pick for the Orioles in 2009 and made his debut for the O’s in 2016. He saw action in five entire games that season, then ended up in the Houston system for the 2017 season. He is currently a free agent, and he turns 30 today.

Tim Stoddard turns 65 today, a big one! Stoddard was a relief pitcher who appeared in 229 games for the Orioles from 1978-1983. Those were not bad years to be an Oriole, I gotta say.

On this day in 1961 the Orioles and the Kansas City Athletics made a six-player trade. The Orioles received Whitey Herzog and Russ Snyder in exchange for Wayne Causey, Jim Archer, Bob Boyd, and Al Pilarcik. Maybe the Orioles will make a trade today!