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Orioles notes: Duquette says club seeks to add lefty power reliever, catching depth

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While the bullpen is the Orioles’ biggest strength entering the offseason, the club would like to add a left-handed power arm to the relief corps, executive vice president Dan Duquette said Monday at baseball’s winter meetings.

“That’s on our radar,” Duquette said. “We have one left-handed power reliever [closer Zach Britton]. The others are more finesse from the left side. If we could get a harder-throwing left-handed reliever, that’s something we’re looking at.”

Britton and right-handed setup man Brad Brach are drawing trade interest this week.

Concentrating on catching: Even though he’s pleased with the duo of top prospect Sisco and veteran Caleb Joseph behind the plate, Duquette said the Orioles would like to add to their catching depth this offseason.

Duquette said the club was interested in retaining Francisco Peña, who played five games for the Orioles last season and 19 over the past two seasons, but said Peña is signing elsewhere. The Orioles have three catchers on the 40-man roster: Sisco, Joseph and Austin Wynns.

Around the horn: Duquette left the door open for a potential reunion with free-agent right-hander Chris Tillman. “That certainly could be considered by the club along with some others, but Tilly’s name keeps coming up all the time,” he said. … MLB’s annual winter meetings auction, unveiled Monday, includes three Orioles-related items fans can bid on: the opportunity to play chess against Orioles players, a painting session with Joseph and a behind-the-scenes experience for a group of four. The auction is live through Thursday night at mlb.com/wintermeetingsauction.

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