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As teams begin to empty pockets on relievers, Duquette determined to keep Orioles bullpen intact

As teams begin to empty pockets on relievers, Duquette determined to keep Orioles bullpen intact

If one noticeable trend emerged from the first day of this year’s Winter Meetings at the Gaylord National Resort, it is that there’s a premium being placed on high-end relief pitching. And that fact gives the Orioles their most valuable trade chips in several years if they choose to take advantage an emerging, robust market on free-agent relievers.

The Orioles’ bullpen has long been one of the club’s greatest strengths, and executive vice president Dan Duquette said Monday he has received significant trade interest in the team’s relievers, but at this point, he doesn’t want to deal away from the team’s backbone.

“There’s...

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