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The announcement of the Cesar Izturis deal will take awhile, since he is playing winter ball in his native Venezuela and has to come into Baltimore to be examined by the Orioles medical staff.

Got an inquiry yesterday about free agent Braden Looper, a pitcher who Sun baseball reporter Jeff Zrebiec mentioned a while back as a possibility for the Orioles, so I guess an update is in order. The Orioles have met with his agent here at the winter meetings, though it's difficult to gauge the level of their interest at this point in a developing market. Stay tuned.

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Looper was 12-14 with a 4.16 ERA last year for the St. Louis Cardinals and has a 58-58 career record and 3.93 career ERA.

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