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O's pull out of Bartlett talks, make progress with two relievers

We have to head up to the Orioles' suite for the nightly talk with president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. However, I wanted to provide a quick update on a couple of things.

One, the Orioles' proposed deal that would have sent outfielder Nolan Reimold and reliever Alfredo Simon to the Tampa Bay Rays for shortstop Jason Bartlett has fallen apart because of a reluctance to give up on Reimold so soon. Reimold has been working out in California with former Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson, who has provided positive reviews of the progress the young outfielder has made. The Orioles were reluctant to include him in a deal for a player like Bartlett who has only a year remaining on his contract.

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Second, manager Buck Showalter sounded extremely confident that the club is close to augmenting its bullpen. I've learned that they've extended a two-year offer, believed to be worth between $8 million and $10 million, to former Toronto Blue Jays closer Kevin Gregg. They also met with free agent Koji Uehara and made considerable progress on a deal.

OK, I have to head up to meet with MacPhail. More later.

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