Heading into a new year, the Orioles have much of the same team as they did in 2012.
That's by design, and apparently there is a push to continue that trend.
The Orioles have re-signed left fielder Nate McLouth, maintain dialogue with lefty starter Joe Saunders and, according to an industry source, are among the clubs showing legitimate interest in signing right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom, whom the Orioles traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in August for Saunders.
Lindstrom, 32, was 1-0 with a 2.72 ERA in 32 games with the Orioles, striking out 30 batters and walking 12 while allowing 35 hits in 36 1/3 innings. He was a key member of the Orioles' outstanding bullpen despite missing six weeks due to a right middle finger injury.
He was somewhat disappointed to be dealt away from the Orioles and a pennant contender on Aug. 26, but pitched well in Arizona, posting a 2.53 ERA in 12 games. In October, the Diamondbacks decided not to pick up his $4 million option for 2013, allowing him to become a free agent.
The Orioles acquired the hard-throwing veteran from the Colorado Rockies last February in a deal that also included starter Jason Hammel for Jeremy Guthrie.
Although the bullpen was the club's primary strength in 2012, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has expressed interest in bolstering it heading into the upcoming season. He has had talks with several free agent relievers in the past few months.
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