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The Orioles invited some members of the media to dine with team executives Mike Flanagan and Jim Duquette at the Camden Club, on the eighth floor of the warehouse.

Here's the real shocker of the day: The Orioles didn't sign any more relievers during the soup course.

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I'll pass along some of the more interesting notes to come out of the meal and interviews when time allows. For now, I'll say that it's become less likely that the Orioles sign Ted Lilly or Gil Meche, and they sure don't sound optimistic about Barry Zito or Jason Schmidt.

Sounds like Mark Mulder is the best possibility, and the Orioles have lots of competition.

A bat will be the top priority at the winter meetings.

Also, Kevin Millar was a running joke today because he basically announced his signing to the media last night despite having made only a verbal agreement with the Orioles. Nothing is signed, not even an agreement. But he's definitely going to stay an Oriole.

Millar already contacted a few players, trying to recruit them to come here. Like the team itself, he's focusing on left fielders.

By the way, he's best friends with Cliff Floyd. Read into it what you will.

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