Looking to add depth to their bullpen, the Orioles yesterday claimed veteran right-handed reliever Greg Aquino off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. The move leaves the Orioles with a full 40-man roster.
"We're looking at him as inventory in the bullpen," Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said. "We saw him a little while ago in the Dominican Winter League, and we like him. He's somebody that has experience closing games. It's a low-risk type of deal."
Aquino, 29, went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 15 appearances for the Brewers last season. In 126 major league appearances, Aquino is 2-4 with a 4.88 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 129 innings. He pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2004 to 2006 before he was traded to the Brewers in a six-player deal.
Huff matter closed
MacPhail said the Orioles are ready to move on from designated hitter Aubrey Huff's much-discussed appearance on a satellite radio show last month. MacPhail was among several club officials who were angered when Huff referred to Baltimore as a "horses - -" town and discussed other racy and sensitive subjects.
MacPhail wouldn't discuss whether and how Huff was disciplined, saying only, "I'm satisfied that we have dealt with that matter internally."
Talks back on?
MacPhail acknowledged that he had a recent discussion with Erik Bedard's agent, Mark Pieper, about the ace left-hander's contract. MacPhail and Pieper have had ongoing conversations throughout the offseason about a contract extension for Bedard, though MacPhail declined to characterize the most recent one.
"It's more of the same, nothing too different," MacPhail said.
Pieper didn't return a phone call yesterday seeking comment. The two sides started talking in November, but those talks stalled and the Orioles spent a good part of the winter meetings listening to trade offers for Bedard.
Asked where the negotiations stand, MacPhail said, "We'll have more conversations."