Orioles notes: Quentin, Erbe, Cespedes etc.
Here are some quick hits from tonight’s meeting with executive VP Dan Duquette…
*The Orioles advanced several trade proposals –most of which are pitching – and also have offers out to several free agents. Some of those offers are out to position players and some to pitchers, Duquette wouldn’t get into specifics.
*He did note that the Orioles were in on Minnesota’s Kevin Slowely before he was traded to the Rockies earlier today, and Baltimore has met several times with the Chicago White Sox as well. Asked about Carlos Quentin, Duquette said it was an interesting name, but wouldn’t comment any further.
*The Orioles resigned right-handed pitcher Brandon Erbe to a Minor League deal. Erbe, a local product, was released by the organization earlier this month.
*Duquette seemed relatively confident he will make a deal before these meetings are over, and he also noted that the team has several things in the works that involve different players, meaning they aren’t restricted to make just one trade. All things the Orioles are trying to do involve fortifying their Major League club. So while it’s possible they get a prospect or two in a potential trade, don’t look for it to be the centerpiece of their return.
*And finally, one more note that didn’t come out of Duquette’s session: executive director of international recruiting Fred Ferreira and manager Buck Showalter will go to the Dominican Republic later this week, with the plan being to watch free-agent outfielder Yoennis Cespedes workout on Saturday. MLB.com’s national reporter Jesse Sanchez breaks down the market for Cespedes here.