Saturday, November 26, 2011

Orioles Offseason News and Notes:

- The Orioles are close to agreeing on a Major League deal with Korean reliever Chon-Tae Hyon , according to Baltimore Sun Columnist Dan Connolly. The 33-year-old Hyon would be the first player to go from the Korean league straight to the Majors. Hyon is also known for his sidearm delivery. An agreement should be in place sometime in the next few days.

There have been a few minor league signings by the O’s: IF Matt Antonelli, IF Steven Tolleson, and RHP Miguel Socolovich. Antonelli is a former top prospect of the San Diego Padres and will provide as depth in the organization. Tolleson was drafted in the 5th round by the Twins in 2005 and has played in Minnesota, Oakland, and San Diego’s Farm System. Like Antonelli, he will be used as organizational depth. Socolovich is 25-year-old who struck out 11.1 batters per inning last year while playing for Chicago’s Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. He could potentially reach the majors by the end of 2012.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the O’s have inquired on Rockies reliever Huston Street. Street could potentially close for the O’s, but I’m not sure if they will take on his $8MM for 2012.

Dan Duquette met with David Ortiz’s agent at the GM meetings. However, in a radio interview Duquette said it was unlikely that he would sign a high-priced DH.

The Orioles Director of Baseball Operations Matt Klentak has left the O’s to join new Angels GM Jerry Dipoto in Anaheim. Klentak had served as the Director of Operations since 2008.

There will be more updates as the Offseason goes on!

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