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Not a whole lot of chatter coming out of the Warehouse right now, which could mean a couple of things. Either nothing at all is going on during the playoffs or Andy MacPhail is quietly trying to ascertain whether he can sign Brian Roberts to a long-term extension before the trading season begins in earnest. I'm going with the first option. I think MacPhail is still crunching the information he got from the organizational meetings earlier this month.

The free agent market will open in about two weeks, but it will be a big surprise if the O's jump in right at the beginning. I'm guessing the Paul Byrd press conference won't be held until after the winter meetings.

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For all the talk about A.J. Burnett and his supposed desire to play in Baltimore, everything Andy MacPhail has been saying about big-money free agent pitchers the past couple of months argues against a free agent of that caliber. Even some of the second-tier pitchers figure to be too expensive. It seems more likely that MacPhail will let the market shake out and become more of a buyer-friendly environment before making his move.

There's already some trade buzz about Jake Peavy (above left), but you'll need a ham radio to hear it in Baltimore. The guy wants to stay in the NL and he's got a full no-trade clause. You do the geography.

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There'll probably be some talk about that kind of pitcher over the next few weeks, but the O's are going to skulk around hoping for another waiver steal like Jeremy Guthrie. Then there's always the Rule 5 draft.

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