Carroll County Times

Duquette, O's hoping to make move by end of week

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The winter meetings end on Thursday, and the Baltimore Orioles have yet to make a trade or sign a free agent here.
"You always like to get something done at the meeting because there's an intense focus on your team. So, we're going to try and get something done. Sometimes you can lay the groundwork and make a deal a day or two after, and that would be good, but we'd certainly like to get something done here this week," Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.
On Wednesday, Duquette said he had talked with some agents and some teams, but Baltimore wasn't close to making a trade or adding a free agent, yet.
"We met with a couple of teams and we also talked to several agents. We made a few offers on our pitching front," Duquette said. "We haven't been able to close any deals on the pitching, but hopefully we'll get something done here in the next day or so."
One of the starting pitchers the Orioles were interested in, Bartolo Colon, agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with the New York Mets on Wednesday.
Scott Boras, the most powerful agent in baseball, held his annual media briefing. Surrounded by dozens of cameras and writers, Boras discussed possible contract extensions for Chris Davis and Matt Wieters.
On Tuesday, Duquette said that he had not discussed Davis and Wieters with Boras at the winter meetings.
"There's a time of the year to do that, and it's not right now," Duquette said.
Boras said he would discuss contract extensions with Baltimore owner Peter Angelos.
"I'm sure that conversation will be with Peter and I someday, but certainly welcome to entertain it, look at it," Boras said.
Duquette said that the team would like to extend shortstop J.J. Hardy. Hardy's contract has a year to run. Davis and Wieters must wait a year before becoming free agents.
""That's under consideration by the team," Duquette said. "J.J.'s had a couple of good years for the team, and I think the interest is mutual between he and the Orioles in extending that relationship."
Duquette said extensions for Davis and Wieters could be discussed next month.
"We've addressed that with Scott the last two years in spring training. That hasn't worked out. We'll have another opportunity to talk about the contracts for the players that are in the arbitration process, and that will come sometime in January," Duquette said.
Boras said he has a strong relationship with Duquette.
"Dan and I talk frequently, if not two or three times a month, had a meeting in September, so we have a good working relationship, had one when he was in Boston," Boras said. "He's got great hair, too."
AWARDS: Roger Angell, the longtime writer for The New Yorker won the G. Taylor Spink Award from the Baseball Writers and will enter the Hall of Fame in July. The 93-year-old Angell is the first non-member of the Baseball Writers to win. Angell's lengthy magazine articles have been savored by readers for decades. He's also written seven baseball books. Longtime Texas Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel won the Ford C. Frick Award and will join Angell in the Hall of Fame.
FAREWELL TO HAIRSTON: Jerry Hairston, once a prized prospect in the Orioles organization, retired on Wednesday after 16 big league seasons.
The 37-year-old, who debuted with Baltimore in Sept. 1998 and spent seven seasons with the team before being traded in Feb. 2005 to the Chicago Cubs for Sammy Sosa, announced his retirement on Twitter.
"After 16 seasons decided retiring is my best opportunity. Game will not miss me but I will miss it and teammates immensely! #NextChapter," Hairston wrote.
Hairston lost a battle for the second base job with Brian Roberts, and eventually played for nine major league teams.