By Dan Connolly
7:22 PM EST, December 6, 2011
Just came back from our session with Dan Duquette, and there is no real news to report except that he confirmed what I had written earlier.
The Orioles have had trade talks with several teams including multiple talks with the Chicago White Sox.
Duquette wouldn't get into specifics, but the Orioles have interest in Chicago's starting pitching duo of Gavin Floyd and John Danks as well as outfielder Carlos Quentin.
When asked about Quentin, whom the White Sox could move to make room for Dayan Viciedo, Duquette said: "That's an interesting name; I really can't comment on specific players on other teams' rosters."
Floyd likely would be the Orioles' primary target, since they are looking for an innings-eating starter and Floyd, 28, grew up in Severna Park and graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School.
Floyd, who was 12-13 with a 4.37 ERA in 31 games (30 starts), is due $7 million this season and has a team option for $9.5 million in 2013. He has made 30 or more starts in four straight seasons.
But earlier Tuesday, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said he no longer expected to trade a veteran starting pitcher because he was not getting offers that were good enough.
Williams made a trade Tuesday, dealing his closer, Sergio Santos, to the Toronto Blue jays for minor league pitcher Nestor Molina.
The Orioles are also in the market for relievers, but they were not aware that Santos was available before he was traded. Duquette confirmed that the Orioles also had interest in Kevin Slowey before Minnesota dealt him to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named.
One other Orioles note: They re-signed Brandon Erbe, a McDonogh graduate, to a minor league deal. The club had taken Erbe off its 40-man roster during the 2011 season. A former third-round pick, Erbe's career has been slowed by injuries.
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