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Will Ohman, the former Orioles left-handed reliever who signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the Chicago White Sox this weekend, got back in touch with me today. He had been vacationing in the mountains when the deal was being hammered out.

The Orioles had some interest in bringing back Ohman, but not enough to guarantee a one-year, big-league contract – a similar approach as last year when Ohman signed a minor-league deal with a spring invitation and made the Orioles with a strong camp.

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"I definitely had some interest in coming back, I really enjoyed my time there, but they weren't able to do what I was looking for," Ohman said. "There were several teams that were out there interested, but the White Sox were the ones that pursued me the hardest."

Ohman played for the Cubs for parts of five seasons and calls Chicago his favorite city in the country. That, combined with joining a contending team and landing a multi-year contract, made signing with the White Sox a no-brainer.

"It was the right deal," Ohman said. "It was where I needed to go."

The White Sox will be Ohman's sixth big-league team since 2007.

"The last four years it was kind of, 'wait and see and move on to the next place,'" he said. "To have a team want me to stick around for more than six months is kind of nice."

Ohman, one of baseball's most loquacious players, will be managed by baseball's most outspoken manager, Ozzie Guillen. It could be a marriage made in quote heaven – and Ohman already has a bone to pick with Guillen, who, like Ohman, wears uniform No. 13.

"First of all, the guy is wearing my number, so we'll have to take care of that," Ohman joked. "I'm sure he'll hear about that. I've been known to be one that's loose of lip."

Gregg's physical completed

Reliever Kevin Gregg finished his physical in Baltimore on Tuesday. Assuming all went well, the Orioles are expected to announce Gregg's two-year, $10 million deal on Wednesday.

An early start

Major League Baseball has released the dates for the first pitchers/catchers workouts for all 30 teams and the Orioles are among the earliest.

Orioles pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout Feb. 14 in Sarasota, Fla. They are one of 11 teams to open that day; no one is doing it earlier. The other AL teams to host their first workout Feb. 14 are the Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels.

The Orioles' first full-squad workout is Feb. 21.

Tickets for spring training

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Individual tickets for all 16 of the club's spring training games at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. They'll be available at the Sarasota box office, via phone orders at 800-745-3000 or on the Internet at www.orioles.com.

Those interested in four-pack game plans, group tickets or looking for more information can call the Orioles' spring training office at 941-954-4101.

Email address, charitable fund for Christina Green's memory

The Los Angeles Dodgers are compiling emails for a memorial book that will be given to former Orioles scout and current Dodgers scout John Green, whose 9-year-old daughter, Christina, was killed in last Saturday's shooting in Arizona. Those who want to send memories, thoughts or condolences can do so by emailing greenfamily@dodgers.com.

Letters can be sent via mail to: Dodger Stadium, c/o the Green Family, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90090.

A charitable memorial fund also has been created by the family, in honor of Christina. For more information, email christinataylorgreenmemorial@cfsoaz.org, call (520) 545-0313 or visit the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Web site, www.cfsoaz.org.

John Green, the son of former Philadelphia Phillies manager Dallas Green, scouted for the Orioles from 1993 to 1998.

Ballistics test still pending

As of late Tuesday afternoon, there was no news on the release of the ballistics test involving Alfredo Simon's gun. Simon, the Orioles' 29-year-old reliever who is considered the leading suspect in the fatal shooting of his cousin during the early morning hours of New Year's Day, is in a Dominican prison awaiting the next step in this case. He has yet to be charged.

Benson retires

Pitcher Kris Benson, who was with the Orioles in 2006 and 2007, has told Fox Sports that he is retiring and not attempting another comeback from arm injuries.

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