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Ranking Orioles' offseason acquisitions by potential 2012 impact

When Dan Duquette took over as the Orioles' executive vice president of baseball operations in early November, he stressed that the club needed to improve its depth and that he would be seeking "undervalued assets" — players who perhaps were under the radar elsewhere but could help the Orioles now and in the future. He wasn't kidding. It's too early to know whether Duquette's plan will work or whether any of his acquisitions were undervalued or simply underperforming players who were appropriately underused or ignored by other organizations. But one thing is for sure: Duquette didn't waste time in revamping the organization's personnel. In the three months he has been in charge, he has acquired 12 players for the 40-man roster — an incredible turnover in such a short period. Throw in minor league pitcher Oliver Drake, who was placed on the roster in November so he wouldn't be exposed to the Rule 5 draft, and reliever Darren O'Day, who was claimed on waivers before Duquette joined the club, and the Orioles have added 14 players to the 40-man roster since the 2011 season ended. And that's not including myriad players signed to minor league deals this winter — including veterans Armando Galarraga, Nick Johnson and Ronny Paulino. Today, however, the focus is on Duquette's dozen, who these guys are and what their roles might be for this coming season. The players are ordered — completely subjectively — for the potential impact they could have on the 2012 Orioles. — Dan Connolly
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