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O's move on

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail hasn't just been sitting around the past week or so waiting for a callback from Scott Boras. He has been working on various other free-agent fronts and appears to be in serious contention to sign Japanese pitcher Kenshin Kawakami.

The search for a stopgap starting catcher also continues. Former Oriole Gregg Zaun, the nephew of Rick Dempsey, remains under consideration. He's probably the best available player for the Orioles' purposes -- they want someone who will start for a couple of months and then help break in top prospect Matt Wieters -- but there is some question whether he would truly embrace that concept.

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That's not a shot at Gregg, who would be fun to have around again, but he's a gamer and he wants to play, so he'd have to come to grips with the fact that he would be accepting a diminishing role.

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