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Notes: Vibrant reliever free-agent market places added value on Orioles' bullpen pieces

Notes: Vibrant reliever free-agent market places added value on Orioles' bullpen pieces

The Orioles have received plenty of interest in their late-inning relievers here at the winter meetings, and a fast-spending free-agent market for bullpen pieces that has emerged this week will make pitchers such as closer Zach Britton and setup man Brad Brach — both pending free agents next year — more attractive to potential trade suitors.

But Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the money being spent through free agency on relievers is shocking, and even though the Orioles are well positioned for 2018, he said a market that spiked so suddenly can’t be good for clubs in the long term.

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