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The Orioles have signed a couple more players to minor league contracts. Jolbert Cabrera, who is the brother of shortstop Orlando Cabrera, will compete with Donnie Murphy and Chris Gomez for a utility role and probably end up as Triple-A depth. Catcher Robby Hammock, who has spent all of this pro career with the Diamondbacks, has signed on to compete with Chad Moeller and Guillermo Quiroz for the backup role behind the plate.

The catching speculation presupposes that the Orioles sign a No. 1 guy, which figures to be Gregg Zaun and probably will get done some time after Wednesday's news conference at the Warehouse to introduce Japanese pitcher Koji Uehara.

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Just want to remind everyone who is getting ready to write in and say how this is another example of the Orioles inability to sign good players that these are routine housekeeping moves that every team makes. The Dodgers signed 15 guys like this to minor league deals last week.

Former Oriole Jay Gibbons has signed a minor league deal with the Florida Marlins, which sets up an interesting situation. O's beat writer Jeff Zrebiec pointed out that since the Orioles and Marlins play each other a lot in spring training, the Orioles pitching staff could have a major impact on whether Gibbons gets back to the major leagues in April. I know he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, but I like Jay and hope he does work his way back.

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