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I was told once again this morning that nothing has changed in the club's pursuit of veteran designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero.

I feel the need to point this out only to respond to your questions about the recent report from Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio. Bowden, a former general manager, tweeted late last night that Guerrero is close to accepting a one-year deal with the Orioles.

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That would be news to the Orioles people I've talked to.

As I've written several times over the past month or so, the Orioles haven't totally dismissed the idea of adding Guerrero, a move that would push designated hitter Luke Scott to left field. However, they haven't been actively pursuing him, either, and at this point, they are focused on adding one or two starting pitchers and a lefty for the bullpen.

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Like everyone else, I wondered whether Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon agreeing to terms with the Tampa Bay Rays last night and the Los Angeles Angels trading for Vernon Wells could result in Guerrero falling into the Orioles' laps at a significantly reduced rate.

I guess that still could happen, but as of now, an Orioles-Guerrero marriage does not appear to be imminent.

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