A few recognizable names have been designated for assignment in the past few days, including outfielder Bobby Abreu and first baseman Lyle Overbay. But the one that can most easily be connected to the Orioles is right-hander Derek Lowe, whom the Cleveland Indians designated Wednesday after he allowed seven runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
For the first time in his career, Gary Rajsich isn't just making suggestions on players, he'll be calling the shots starting Monday night, when the Orioles select fourth overall in baseball's annual amateur draft.
New Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has begun the reconstruction of his front office, announcing the hiring of a new amateur scouting director Monday while re-assigning pro scouting director Lee MacPhail IV, one of the top lieutenants in the club's previous regime.
The Orioles appear to be zeroing in on Dan Duquette as their next general manager. The former Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos GM returned to Baltimore on Saturday for his second meeting with the Orioles in two days.