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Orioles: The next frontier

The Orioles haven't officially given up on signing Mark Teixeira, but I've got to believe that Andy MacPhail has already begun to refocus on the equally daunting task of rebuilding the starting rotation.

Now that CC Sabathia has signed with the Yankees and A.J. Burnett is no longer a serious possibility, the market should begin to pick up. That said, MacPhail has sought to temper the expectation that he'll be able to sign a couple of decent veterans to stack behind Jeremy Guthrie.

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When he was asked Wednesday whether he was confident there would be adequate pitchers available who fit the club's needs and financial parameters, he speculated that the supply-and-demand dynamic when it comes to starting pitchers might not work in the club's favor. Asked again today, he said something similar.

"I don't think you ever feel confident that there's enough starting pitching to go around,'' he said.

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That's why I've changed my opinion and now believe the Orioles will tender a contract to Daniel Cabrera (left) tomorrow, though I've heard they have been leaning the other way. Considering the numbers that are being thrown around for the second-tier free agent pitchers on the market this year, maybe Daniel is worth the $4.5 million he might get in arbitration.

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