O's making progress with Koji, talking to other relievers
I'm assuming that this won't silence the masses one bit, but I thought it was worth passing along nonetheless.
The Orioles are maintaining regular dialogue with Mark Pieper, the agent for reliever Koji Uehara. While no deal is imminent and it's certainly possible that a team comes in and makes the 35-year-old a two-year offer, I'm told that some progress has been made and Orioles officials feel pretty good about their chances to sign the reliever.
Uehara saved 13 games for the Orioles in 2010 and pitched to a 2.86 ERA. He set a franchise record by not walking a batter in 32 consecutive appearances and he ended the season with a streak of 44 strikeouts since his last walk allowed.
If the Orioles re-signed Uehara -- they'd like to get him back on a one-year deal low in base salary and heavy in incentives -- he would likely return to the closer role.
The Orioles are also talking to the representatives of several other free-agent relievers and have at least one offer out, and have talked contract parameters with several others. The list of free-agent relievers includes Grant Balfour, Matt Guerrier, Jesse Crain, Scott Downs, Brian Fuentes and Kerry Wood.
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