DALLAS — The Orioles are still hoping to make some kind of transaction during their last full day at the winter meetings, but Dan Duquette warned Tuesday night that there was a possibility that nothing would get done.
There was a time when the meetings were backstopped with a trade deadline that created a sense of urgency to make deals, but that was before the various arbitration and free-agent deadlines made it impractical to cut off trading in early December.
Though it would certainly please fans if the Orioles made a dynamic move before they leave Dallas tomorrow, the free-agent market will remain open and the free-agent possibilities will expand with the players released at the contract tender deadline. Depending on the supply-and-demand equation, the Orioles might be better off buying a platoon outfielder than giving up players to trade for one.
Duquette, however, seems intent on trying to pull off a deal or two over the next 24 hours, perhaps to demonstrate that he still has the touch after nearly a decade outside of a major league front office.
He was coy Tuesday night when asked about Chicago White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is believed to be available, so maybe he has an ace up his sleeve.