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Orioles' designated hitter, outfield needs could be filled in non-tender market

Lost in all the hand-wringing about how slugger Mark Trumbo is the new Nelson Cruz, who cashed in on one league-leading season in Baltimore and left Camden Yards in the dust, is that they arrived here in decidedly different ways.

Cruz was an Oriole on a one-year free-agent contract, using his time here as a make-good after failing to catch on once he was done in Texas. Trumbo, however, was traded from Seattle in his final year of salary arbitration, with the Orioles taking on $9.15 million in salary.

As players build service time, the system ensures them pay bumps that some teams might find too steep. This means they can be traded, as Trumbo was, or released, as Pedro...

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