Orioles taking it slow with their free agents so far this offseason

The Baltimore Sun

There's always some impatience by baseball fans shortly after the regular season ends and before free agency really gets going.

And the Orioles' brass has been doing things -- most specifically, interviewing candidates for the club’s vacant pitching coach position. But as for some of the other avenues to improve the team, nothing appears to be particularly hot.

The Orioles have nine pending free agents -- Alexi Casilla, Scott Feldman, Jason Hammel, Nate McLouth, Michael Morse, Brian Roberts, Francisco Rodriguez, Chris Snyder and Tsuyoshi Wada -- and executive vice president Dan Duquette said: “We haven’t moved on any of those free agents yet.”

The Orioles will have a five-day exclusive period with their own free agents that begins as soon as the World Series ends, which will be either Wednesday or Thursday. During that time, they also have to make a decision on picking up 2014 options for Wada and Casilla. The Orioles are expected to decline both.

Also, Duquette said he is not currently involved in any significant trade talks with other teams -- but, again, the offseason isn’t even a month old until Tuesday.

“We haven’t had many discussions in the trade market,” Duquette said. “So far, we are in the preliminary discussion in that phase of the market."

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