Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail met with the Baltimore media a few minutes ago, and here are some of the subjects he addressed:
On infielder Ty Wigginton's signing a two-year, $7.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies: "Wiggy did a nice job for us, and I was glad to see Wiggy get the deal he did, to be honest with you. But I think once he saw us get the everyday third baseman and the potential of landing a different first baseman and [his playing time] in all likelihood … would be reduced for him, and that was important to him to go somewhere where he could get a lot of at-bats."
On the club's overall day of negotiating: "We are trying to do some things. We have had conversations. We have come close on some things. Still working to try to figure out how we can improve different areas. [We] have some offers out. We'll just have to see how this stuff plays out."
On the likelihood of a deal happening Tuesday night: "I don't think so."
On whether a Jason Bartlett deal is still in play: "We are trying to do what we can about shortstop, and that includes Cesar [Izturis] and that includes others as well, so we'll just have to see how that plays out."
On whether he's more optimistic about re-signing Koji Uehara on Tuesday night than he was Tuesday morning: "Yeah, I would think so, but again, that doesn't necessarily mean anything."
On whether he expects more moves before he leaves Thursday: "We are trying, but you just know what other people's timetables are. If you look at the history of these meetings, a lot of times these guys will go back, collect all the information, meet with their clients and make their decision next week after the meetings. So we don't really control the time frame."
On expectations for Nolan Reimold's role in 2011: "We don't know. We have seen two Nolans. We're hopeful that the Nolan we get back will resemble more the 2009 [version] than the 2010 [one]."
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