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Flanagan and DuquetteAssessing The moves

A look at decisions made by executive vice president Mike Flanagan and vice president Jim Duquette since they were put in charge of the Orioles' front office after the 2005 season.

THE GOOD

Signing free-agent catcher Ramon Hernandez (Dec. 13, 2005). Hernandez, 31, has had a disappointing year, offensively and defensively, and his hustle and conditioning have been questioned by his manager. But he was possibly the team's Most Valuable Player in 2006, and when he's right, he's one of the best two-way catchers in the game.

Acquiring Corey Patterson from the Chicago Cubs for infielder Nate Spears and pitcher Carlos Perez (Jan. 9, 2006). Patterson, who fell out of favor in...

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