Jason Berken, Hunter Sipe
Orioles reliever Jason Berken gets help from Hunter Sipe, 7, of Roanoke, Va., retrieving bingo balls during FanFest at the Baltimore Convention Center. (Baltimore Sun photo by Karl Merton Ferron /January 21, 2011)
It took only 44 minutes of Dan Duquette’s introduction to Orioles fans for them to ask the big question: What are the club’s chances of landing free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder?
“I lost the over-under on that,” Duquette joked to the crowd.
Duquette, the club’s new executive vice president of baseball operations, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter participated in the day’s first Q&A at this year’s Orioles FanFest.
As for Duquette’s answer, he said, “Are we going to get him? I don’t know. But if we don’t get him, we’ll look for someone just like him.”
After the Q&A session, he spoke to the media about Fielder.
“I’m not clear on what the market is,” Duquette said. “We know Prince is a good player, so it’s something we’ve been monitoring a long time.”
Take from that what you will.