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Orioles passively waiting for hitting market to shake out

Orioles passively waiting for hitting market to shake out

In forgoing the free agent frenzy and blockbuster trades of baseball's winter meetings over the years, the Orioles under executive vice president Dan Duquette's guidance have modeled a patient approach to roster building.

But Duquette's observation that the market for free agent hitters — both the outfielders the Orioles covet and the power hitters they seem to always wind up with — is "slowing down a bit" during this year's meetings brings with it a new set of complications.

Here at the Gaylord National Resort outside Washington, D.C., where rivals are chasing the pennant in December, there's more uncertainty than ever as to what will be awaiting the...

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