Need a closer? Indianapolis is the place to get 'em.

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Mike Gonzalez, Rafael Soriano, Fernando Rodney, Jose Valverde and Kevin Gregg are still out there as free agents, but teams will have at least three alternatives via trade at the winter meetings.



Tracy Ringoslby of FOXSports.com
says that Francisco Cordero, Matt Capps and Heath Bell are being
shopped, according to “early arrivals at the winter meetings.”

In
truth, now seems like an awful time to try to get maximum return for
closers via trade given the numerous alternatives in free agency, but
the Reds would love to get out from under at least part of the $25
million Cordero is owed over the next two seasons. Good luck, Mr. Jocketty.

The Baltimore Orioles did not try to get Shohei Ohtani . . . out of principle

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Shohei Ohtani made it pretty clear early in the posting process that he was not going to consider east coast teams. As such, it’s understandable if east coast teams didn’t stop all work in order to put together an Ohtani pitch before he signed with the Angels. The Baltimore Orioles, however, didn’t do so for a somewhat different reason than all of the other also-rans.

Their reason, as explained by general manager Dan Duquette on MLB Network Radio yesterday was “because philosophically we don’t participate on the posting part of it.” Suggesting that, as a matter of policy, they will not even attempt to sign Japanese players via the posting system.

Like I said, that probably didn’t make a hill of beans’ difference when it came to Ohtani, who was unlikely to give the O’s the time of day. I find it really weird, though, that the Orioles would totally reject the idea of signing Japanese players via the posting system on policy grounds. None of their opponents are willing to unilaterally disarm in that fashion, I presume.

More than that, though, why would you make that philosophy public? Don’t you want your rivals to think you’re in competition with them in all facets of the game? Don’t you want your fans to think that you’ll stop at nothing to improve the team?

An odd thing to say for Duquette. I don’t know quite why he’d say such a thing.