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I want to begin my morning by quickly revisiting the Jaret Wright trade.

Yes, he would have been available as a free agent. No, the Orioles wouldn't have been able to sign him for one year, at $3 million. On the market, by today's standards, he'd be getting at least two years for more annually. And the Orioles didn't want to go there.

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Unless he emerges as a 20-game winner next season, and we know that's not going to happen, Wright won't be pitching for the Orioles in 2008. They wanted him for one year and relatively cheap - again, by today's standards.

With the bullpen expected to be rebuilt again, and Aaron Rakers and John Parrish returning from injuries, I don't believe Britton will be missed. Then again, he could have pitched at Triple-A Norfolk and been ready if a spot opened up. Keep in mind that the guy jumped from Double-A Bowie to the majors. But if that's all it took to get a back-of-the-rotation starter who's had success under the current pitching coach, I see nothing wrong with it.

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And keep in mind, I haven't been a huge Jaret Wright fan. I don't wear his throwback jersey. You won't find one of his posters on my bedroom wall. But the cost was minimal.

Three guys I'd love to see added to the bullpen: Justin Speier, Chad Bradford and Jamie Walker.

I'll settle for two out of three.

Now that the Cubs have signed Aramis Ramirez, does this mean that the Angels, who so badly want to add a big bat to their lineup, will increase their efforts to acquire Miguel Tejada? Or does this just mean the chances of Alfonso Soriano signing there have increased significantly?

For the reader who wants to know whether the Ravens will wear their black uniforms this season: I'm fairly certain of it, especially if one of their games is moved to primetime. But I can't give you a date. Sorry.

One thing I could do without seeing the rest of the season: A defensive back making an interception, running around in circles, losing 10 yards and attempting a lateral. OK, it's worked a few times, but it's not always worth the risk. And that was especially true yesterday.

Just a suggestion, Ed Reed.

The University of Virginia basketball team made its home debut yesterday in the new John Paul Jones Center.

They named an arena after Led Zeppelin's bass player?

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