The White Sox signed reliever Octavio Dotel to a two-year deal, ending whatever interest the Orioles had in him.
The Orioles held discussions with Dotel's agent, Danny Horwits, but they weren't going to offer more than one year, with perhaps a club option attached. And there were some questions about Dotel's durability.
To make room for Dotel, the White Sox designated reliever David Aardsma for assignment.
Each time I hear Aardsma's name, I think about how he was No. 1 on the alphabetized list of players. Has anyone bumped him from the top?
Arbitration figures: Erik Bedard is seeking $8 million and the Orioles are offering $6 million. Daniel Cabrera wants $3.3 million and the Orioles are offering $2.6 million.
Teams often split the difference when the two sides are close. If Cabrera goes to arbitration, agent Mike Powers likely will focus on how the right-hander made 34 starts and logged 204 1/3 innings – both career highs - in an injury-riddled rotation. Cabrera's 166 strikeouts also were the most he's totaled since breaking into the majors.
How long would it take for the Orioles to bring up those 18 losses?