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Orioles: The week in review

Really, you have to admit I showed tremendous restraint when the news broke that free agent pitcher Ben Sheets (left) is expected to undergo surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his pitching elbow.

Orioles: The week in review

I didn't write an item saying "I told you so." I didn't gloat and point out that I said throughout the offseason that Sheets was a terrible risk, especially for a team such as the Orioles. I didn't wax on and on about what a reasonable position I took while many others were insisting that the Orioles "owed" it to their fans to take a chance on him. I didn't remind you of my repeated contention that the Orioles would expose themselves to more ridicule if they committed $18 million over two years for a pitcher who ended up spending more than half the length of the contract rehabbing after surgery.

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I'm just not that kind of guy.

While I'm on the subject of free agent pitchers the Orioles probably considered, Randy Wolf apparently has agreed to a one-year deal with the Dodgers worth a modest $5 million or so. You would think the Orioles would have been interested in a pitcher like him at that price, and you probably would be right, but -- as a lot of people have been pointing out near the end of the offseason -- when the price falls that far below expectations, lots of teams want to sign the guy and he's probably going to choose a contender.

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There was no final word today on Ty Wigginton, who was scheduled to come into town for a physical. I doubt there's any problem, but haven't heard anything one way or another. The contract probably will become official in a day or two. Scott Moore is expected to be waived to make room on the 40-man roster.

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