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Friday Bird Droppings: The Orioles are laying in the weeds

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Not much happened at the Winter Meetings for the Orioles, except for Rule 5 picks and a lot of talking to Mark Trumbo's agent. Now, they're talking to Welington Castillo, and in case you forgot, the O's farm is bad, no matter what Dan Duquette says.

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I'll give Dan Duquette this: he seems to know what he wants. His Jose Bautista comments notwithstanding, does he care what we think? Should he? Probably not and that's largely for the better. Doesn't mean we have to heartily endorse every move and I guess I'm still a little shell shocked from last offseason.

Duquette has resumed negotiations on new Trumbo contract - School of Roch
Sometimes, I feel like Dan Duquette isn't quite the negotiator I thought he was.

Murray - Orioles And Welington Castillo Building Toward Deal Bring me the Beef!

Nats' Eaton trade shines light on O's draft/development failures - BaltimoreBaseball.com What would you pay to see Dan Connolly and Steve Melewski fight?

Aneury Tavarez Tops Orioles Rule 5 Class - Baltimore Sports and Life More than you thought possible to know about Aneury Tavarez.

On this day in 1965 the O's acquired Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas and some other guys. The Orioles acquired J.J. Hardy for the low, low price of Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson on this day in 2010.

Hall of Famer Joe Kelley was born this day in 1860. Kelley played for the great Ned Hanlon teams of the 1890s and moved to back Baltimore when his playing days were done. A couple Tonys (Tarasco and Batista) celebrate birthdays today as do a whole bunch of guys with whom I am not familiar (Ed Fitzpatrick? Joe DeMaestri? Darold Knowles? Darold?). Former interim manager and human windmill Juan Samuel turns 56 today. Future star Hunter Harvey turns 22 today. Get well soon, bud.