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Orioles trade starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo to Mariners for outfielder Seth Smith

Orioles trade starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo to Mariners for outfielder Seth Smith

For the first time in several years, the Orioles entered the offseason with excess starting pitching  -- six established arms for five rotation spots -- and executive vice president Dan Duquette said he relished the starting depth the club potentially possessed entering spring training.

But in the middle of another slow-developing Orioles offseason – and an even more methodical free-agent market -- the club came to the realization that shopping one of its starting pitchers could be one of the best ways to improve in other areas.

With the Orioles focused on upgrading their corner outfield spots, preferably with a left-handed bat, the opportunity to acquire veteran Seth...

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