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Rick VandenHurk, the 25-year-old right-hander the Orioles received earlier today in the Will Ohman trade to the Florida Marlins, is pretty psyched about joining his new organization.

He responded to an email I sent to him -- and he even used an exclamation point to demonstrate his excitement.

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Here are his comments:

"I think it's great! I'm very excited to come to the Orioles organization. I've worked with Kranny before and he knows me and knows what I've got, and that's important. And I'm excited for this opportunity."

If you wonder why anyone would be so happy to come to the Orioles, think about this: He has been up and down in the minors and majors in four different seasons with the Marlins. He has to see this as a chance to stick in the majors. And, let's face it, if he pitches well, he'll have a spot here.

Vandy, as he is known around the game, played for Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz in 2007 when Kranitz was the Marlins' pitching coach.

So there will be familiarity there. He also has a reputation of being a hard worker and good guy. If the Orioles can get him to exhibit more command, they may have gotten a mid-20s future major leaguer for a lefty specialist.

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