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Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said that it took about four days for the deal to come together between the O's and Cubs that sent Ryan Freel to Chicago for outfielder Joey Gathright.

"I think it was the same thing on both sides,'' he said. "Since we acquired him (Freel), we acquired Wigginton and Andino so he didn't get the at-bats we originally anticipated. The Cubs had the same thing on the Gathright side. It was a similar situation, so it made sense for both parties. It (the original Freel deal) looked like a good fit and we were happy about it. It just didn't work out."

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The Orioles still will be responsible for the equivalent of the remainder of Freel's guaranteed salary, though they will have to compensate the Cubs for the difference between the remainder of Freel's $4 million salary and the rest of Gathright's $800,000 salary -- which works out to about $2.64 million.

There is no financial gain for the Orioles here, but there could be if they end up moving Gathright at some point in the season. If another team has a need in, say, late June and was willing to take Gathright, the O's could recoup about $400,000.

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