Orioles pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 14, which means the front office still has 40 days to figure out who exactly they are going to be.
That's still plenty of time for Andy MacPhail to fill some more holes in the starting rotation and sign another catcher, considering how slowly the free agent market has evolved this offseason. Most of the biggest names are gone, but dozens of free agents remain available and the O's just might end up in a position to pick up a bargain or two. Things should start heating up soon now that most baseball executives are back after the holidays.
Don't hold your breath waiting for Derek Lowe to see the light and decide that Baltimore is the place to be, but I've got to think that the Orioles either sign Japanese pitcher Kenshin Kawakami and/or reel in one of the Paul Byrd types. They are holding off on finalizing some minor league invitations to major league camp, so MacPhail obviously believes he'll be bringing in some more pitching from outside the organization.