The Orioles are still hoping to make some kind of transaction during their last full day at the winter meetings, but Dan Duquette warned Tuesday night that there was a possibility that nothing would get done.
There was a time when the meetings were backstopped with a trade deadline that created a sense of urgency to make deals, but that was before the various arbitration and free-agent deadlines made it impractical to cut off trading in early December.
Though it would certainly please fans if the Orioles made a dynamic move before they leave Dallas tomorrow, the free-agent market will remain open and the free-agent possibilities will expand with the players released at the contract tender deadline. Depending on the supply-and-demand equation, the Orioles might be better off buying a platoon outfielder than giving up players to trade for one.
Duquette, however, seems intent on trying to pull off a deal or two over the next 24 hours, perhaps to demonstrate that he still has the touch after nearly a decade outside of a major league front office.