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 SPerfetti@comcast.net or go to the Rams Head Live website.

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