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O's: Losing an Oscar

My friend Roch Kubatko, who will be savagely roasted at Rams Head Live tomorrow night (tickets still available), reported a little while ago that the Orioles have designated Oscar Salazar for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for catcher Gregg Zaun.

It's a curious move, considering the team has been seeking right-handed balance and Salazar just had a big winter league season. The guy has to go through waivers, so there's no guarantee the Orioles will be able to sign him to a minor league contract.

If I was a conspiracy theorist -- and who says I'm not -- I would be wondering if this move is an indication the O's are close to signing somebody like Ty Wigginton. Otherwise, I -- like Roch -- would have suspected that one of the many marginal pitchers on the roster would have been designated instead. Stay tuned.

One more selfless plug: I'm going to be wicked funny tomorrow night at the roast and you can come down for a mere 25 bucks and hang out with me and Roch and even some real sports celebrities. To buy tickets from the Cool Kids Campaign, email Sharon Perfetti at or go to the Rams Head Live website.

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