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Hello everyone, R-Kub here. Hope you had a good weekend - and didn't bet your life savings on Carolina.

By the way, Brian Roberts' actual nickname is B-Rob. I didn't make that up. I did, however, use it in a blog title. Once, as far as I remember. Maybe twice That's the only time you'll read it. I didn't realize I was violating some unwritten rule. Just taking a short cut. But it'll never happen again.

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My bad. Or M-B.

Danys Baez is taking his physical in Baltimore and could be made available to the media later today. It looks like he's getting $19 million over three years. Before you grab a calculator, that's $31 million for two set-up men.

Another reliever could be signed before the winter meetings. Then, I'll assume the Orioles are finished with the bullpen.

So who makes your list of relievers for 2007?

Chris Ray.

Jamie Walker.

Danys Baez.

Another new guy (Dustin Hermanson? Joe Borowski? Chad Bradford?)

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John Parrish.

Kurt Birkins.

Hayden Penn.

If we go with these seven, I'm omitting Rodrigo Lopez, who remains one of the Orioles more marketable players despite those 18 losses, Aaron Rakers, James Hoey, Sendy Rleal and Todd Williams, among others.

I think Hoey needs more time in the minors - perhaps Triple-A Norfolk - before returning to the Orioles. He gave us a sneak peak. Now let his education resume at a lower level. If Lopez can't bring a good hitter in return, and if he accepted a bullpen role, Penn could start out in Norfolk's rotation. But I don't see Lopez returning.

As for backup catcher, Gregg Zaun would be a great addition, but he wants to start. His options would have to run dry before considering a return to the Orioles.

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And the way the market is going, he'd probably get $9 million a year to play once a week.

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