On the eve of this year's Winter Meetings,
Speaking to reporters Sunday night at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Duquette said the Orioles are more likely to address that need via trade, but they will continue to monitor the free agent market.
Duquette fell short of saying he believed he could work a trade here in Nashville, but he sounded optimistic.
"I believe we will be able to do some good here," Duquette said. "We're working all the time. The timing of these deals isn't always [right] at the winter meetings, but it's a good time to close on a deal, so we are going to do what we can to help our team this week."
The non-tendering of first baseman
"It really depends on the bat," Duquette said. "I know that we have some flexibility in some other areas.
"That question would be answered by who we might be able to get, right?" he added. "It's really dependent upon the quality of hitter we might add."
Duquette said that since the organization has acquired a "surplus" of pitching, the Orioles could be willing to part with pitching in order to get that power hitter."
"We have more depth through our pitching staff, which is a good thing, right?" Duquette said. "And we have a number of young pitchers on the horizon, in [
The team will also monitor recently non-tendered players as options.
Duquette added that he's comfortable with his options at second base — the team claimed
The Orioles also look to be active in Thursday's Rule 5 draft, coming off the success of last year's draft, when they took infielder
"We may be active in the draft this year," Duquette said. "We had some success with it last year with Flaherty, who had a good year."
Also of note:
• Duquette said that while the team still has interest in resigning outfielder
• Orioles manager