We continue our five-part look at the biggest questions facing new executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and the Orioles heading into the winter meetings.
Will Duquette's late hiring hamper the team's ability to add pieces this week?
It certainly will be interesting to see. Duquette said he doesn't believe so.
“We know what our needs are, and we are in a position to address them,” Duquette said. “Other clubs that had their GMs in place, they are probably a little further down the track. But we've got some good people to add, and we have time to do it.”
The truth is there are plenty of players -- via free agency and the trade market -- who are still available. But the question that can't be answered yet is whether other teams are much further ahead in their negotiations and will simply wrap things up this week.
There is a bad precedent here for the Orioles. In December 2002, Jim Beattie and Mike Flanagan were hired essentially as co-GMs and basically went right to the winter meetings with hopes they could land a quality starting pitcher. Three weeks later, they signed left-hander Omar Daal to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.
Daal pitched in just 19 games for the Orioles, winning four times, before injuries ended his career. That signing will always be viewed as a panic move by a tandem that was thrust into a quick turnaround and was left with few options.
Duquette has had more time to prepare, and the market seems to have slowed some in the past decade.