LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Because Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the club was not going to invest big dollars into starting pitching, that rules out the likes of Matt Garza, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez, who are all looking at multi-year, mega-dollars deals. That does not rule out pitchers such as A.J. Burnett, who is contemplating whether to go back to Pittsburgh or retire. Might a one-year deal with an option for a second entice Burnett back into the American League East?
The Dodgers owe one-time ace Josh Beckett, who is now 33, one year and $15 million. Could the Orioles be interested in Beckett as a bridge to allow top prospects Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman more time to grow into big league-ready pitchers? New Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace was Beckett's pitching coach for part of the 2006 season, when Wallace missed most of the season as he battled an infection in a hip replacement he had received in 2005.
There are rumors the Orioles have expressed interest in Bartolo Colon, in part because, at the age of 40, he is not likely to command more than a two-year contract or a one-year deal with an option for a second.
On the hitting side of things, Duquette has singled out the need for a lefty bat. Raul Ibanez, James Loney, Logan Morrison and Ike Davis could be matches, although Loney is reportedly looking for three years at $9 million or more per season.
Starting pitcher Roy Halladay announced he had signed a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. But, before O's fans feel they have anything to worry about, Halladay also announced his retirement, ending a 16-season MLB career. The deal was ceremonial, allowing Halladay to retire with the organization that drafted him.