Orioles manager Buck Showalter just got done with his winter meetings media obligation. In the 30-minute session, he expressed confidence that the Orioles are close to upgrading their bullpen, he said that the club still hasn't settled on its 2011 shortstop and he praised the offseason conditioning work of Josh Bell and Nolan Reimold. Reimold, who could be headed to the Tampa Bay Rays by the end of the day in the Jason Bartlett deal, is in California working out with former Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson.

On Bell: Showalter has made two calls to the young third baseman to tell him he remains in the club's plans, but he hasn't been able to connect with Bell yet.


On the shortstop situation: "There are some moving parts there. There are some possibilities there."

On the bullpen: "We're trying to attack the bullpen with some guys with track records. We feel like we are close on a couple of those guys."

On Brian Roberts: Showalter said that as far as he knows, the second baseman is fine healthwise.

On the starting rotation: "Right now, we have six or seven [guys] for five [spots]."

On Cesar Izturis: Showalter said the Orioles still haven't ruled out bringing him back as the everyday shortstop. He also said that if the Orioles go in another direction in that spot, they would consider signing Izturis as a utility man.

On whether the club is close to finalizing any trades or free agent deals: "It's a process. You can't make someone do something with their club. Andy [MacPhail, the Orioles' president of baseball operations] has got it wired. I like the possibility of doing a few things here."

On whether he is concerned that there are only eight relievers on the 40-man roster: "There are lot of things that I know that you're not aware of. If we are able to do the things that we're trying to do, that [question] won't be relevant."

On whether Mark Reynolds' strikeout total eliminates the strikeout-prone Carlos Pena from consideration: "That doesn't eliminate anybody if they are plus defenders."

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