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Duquette addresses lack of moves

BALTIMORE - Baseball players traditionally want to go to winning teams. After the Baltimore Orioles had their first winning season in 15 years last season, they were expected to become a more attractive destination for free agents.

But the Orioles have not made a major move this offseason.

Baltimore's Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette, however, said Thursday he is pleased with the makeup of the team.

"I really like this ballclub," said Duquette, whose most high-profile offseason move has been resigning Nate McLouth. "We've got setup hitters, we've got a middle of the lineup, we've got an established pitching staff."

After losing Mark Reynolds to free agency in the offseason, both Showalter and Duquette have said they expect Chris Davis to play first base. Duquette said if Davis ends up not being able to perform at a high level at first, the Orioles signed a good defensive first baseman in Travis Ishikawa.

Duquette also added that they have legitimate options at designated hitter with Wilson Betemit facing right-handed pitchers and newly acquired Danny Valencia facing lefties. Duquette also mentioned top pitching prospects Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman being on the horizon.

"We have had umpteen trade proposals from teams that like our young players," Duquette said. "And our young players are very valuable, but we like our young players."

When asked if the team still plans to sign a veteran starting pitcher, whether by re-signing Joe Saunders or adding somebody else, Duquette said it is possible.

"Veteran pitchers can help stabilize your team," said Duquette.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he'd like to see oft-injured second baseman Brian Roberts fill in an integral part of the team once again.

"I've got a good feeling about Brian," Showalter said. "I wouldn't underestimate him."

Duquette added that waiver-wire acquisition Alexi Casilla could see playing time, because he has as much range at second base as anybody in the league. Although Baltimore did not make a large number of notable transactions so far this offseason, Duquette did not leave out the possibility of future moves.

"We built our team last year over the whole year, and whenever we had an opportunity to improve the team, we seized on that opportunity if it made economic sense," Duquette said. "I think you're going to see a very strong, competitive team."

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