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The Schmuck Stops Here Peter Schmuck's musings on the local and national sports scene
Schmuck: Once again, the Orioles rule the Rule 5 draft

Well, there’s one thing you can say about Orioles baseball operations chief Dan Duquette on the final day of the winter meetings: He never comes home empty-handed.

The Orioles drafted three players in the major league phase of Wednesday’s Rule 5 draft and picked up another minor league pitcher to flesh out their 40-man roster.

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Schmuck: Trade Manny Machado to the Yankees? Inconceivable!

Orioles baseball operations chief Dan Duquette said this week that he would even consider dealing superstar third baseman Manny Machado to the rival New York Yankees.

That’s just crazy talk.

It’s one thing to make a deal with the Evil Empire for reliever Richard Bleier.

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Schmuck: It's highly questionable whether the Orioles are capable of having a happy new year

While the Orioles were passing out presents to more than 100 school kids Tuesday during their annual OriolesREACH Holiday Party, baseball operations chief Dan Duquette and his staff were in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., trying to figure out a way to make the new year bright.

It’s starting to seem like an impossible task.

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Schmuck: If Orioles' recent history is our guide, winter meetings will be a snoozefest

Baseball’s winter meetings begin Sunday and — if history is our guide — Orioles fans should not expect much.

Baseball operations chief Dan Duquette proved early in his tenure in Baltimore that he is not an early bird when it comes to upgrading the Orioles during the offseason. Here’s a quick flashback if you have blocked out the memory of his first trip to the meetings in 2011.

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Schmuck: If Rafael Palmeiro thinks it's never too late, he might want to talk to Jim Palmer

When former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently that he hopes to stage a comeback at age 53, it took me right back to spring training in 1991.

That was the year that Hall of Famer Jim Palmer decided that he still had something left in the tank and got himself invited to camp to compete for a place on the young Orioles pitching staff.

Obviously, everyone was skeptical.

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Schmuck: Steelers might look vulnerable, but Ravens need to raise their game again to win

Ravens receiver Mike Wallace apparently doesn’t own a rear-view mirror, because he completely dismissed the notion that last weekend’s resounding victory over the Detroit Lions will have a carryover effect in Sunday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“Every week is different,’’ he said. “I don’t think we can worry about momentum. I just think it’s about what we’re going to do Sunday night.

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