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For Orioles and rest of MLB, slow start to free agency in November is nothing new

For Orioles and rest of MLB, slow start to free agency in November is nothing new

As the baseball world left Orlando, Fla., after the major league general managers meetings this week, the proverbial hot stove was only just beginning to heat up.

As is his wont, Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto made the offseason's first trade Wednesday (acquiring Oakland Athletics first baseman Ryon Healy for prospects), but otherwise, things around the game are quiet.

Where the Orioles are concerned, this is normal.

Over the past five seasons, the club has gotten major league value from only a few of its November free agents, most recently first baseman David Washington. Washington ended up getting six at-bats in June while first...

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