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Randy Wolf

Why the Orioles want to bring back old players like Joe Saunders

We all know Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette loves taking low-risk, high-reward gambles. That’s been his calling card since he arrived in Baltimore before the 2012 season. It’s worked at times: Nate McLouth, Miguel Gonzalez and, to an extent, Nelson Cruz. And it hasn’t worked at times: Dontrelle Willis, Heath Bell, Randy Wolf.

Well, Duquette did it again Friday when he signed left-hander Joe Saunders to a minor league deal. All signs point to him trying it again in the next few days with former Orioles closer Jim Johnson. And then there’s second baseman Brian Roberts, a longtime Oriole who was designated for assignment Thursday by the New York Yankees.

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