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O's: A little post-game analysis

There's isn't much left to say about Nick Markakis' new contract, other than to repeat that it was the key transaction of the offseason for the Orioles and might help them get Brian Roberts excited about sticking around a few more years. Andy MacPhail said afterward that he feels Brian is sincere in his desire to sign an extension, but I guess we'll know soon enough.

Markakis said during today's news conference that Brian is one of his best friends and he hopes he can help convince him to stay, so O's fan have that going for them. Which is nice.

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There has been some head-scratching (even on my massive melon) about the decision to designate Oscar Salazar for assignment to make room on the roster for Gregg Zaun. Beat writer Jeff Zrebiec poked around a little bit and this is the impression he got from some conversations at the warehouse.

Salazar is out of minor league options and he's 30 years old, so the Orioles were going to be faced with a decision at some point in the next two months. Club officials apparently feel that he has a better chance of clearing waivers and remaining in the organization by going through now than during spring training.

There's some logic in the notion that first base is a position where supply is more likely to outweigh demand than in some other areas, which might explain why the Orioles did not designate one of their marginal pitchers. There are some second-division teams that are already heavy with infielders, but I would not be surprised if somebody -- maybe a team like the Pirates -- takes a flyer on Salazar.

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