O's cooling on Garland
Just yesterday, there was talk that the O's were one of three legitimate suitors for free agent pitcher Jon Garland, but that trail has gone cold in a hurry. The reason: Garland is believed to be seeking a multi-year contract worth $13 million per year and the Orioles are not willing to spend that kind of money on him.
Garland is a solid right-hander who has had two 18-win seasons in his career. But he was 10-13 for the White Sox in 2007 and his 14-8 record with the Angels this past year was tempered by a 4.90 ERA and the worst WHIP (1.505) of his seven full seasons as a major league starting pitcher.
Credit where it's due: Much of the information and breaking news that is showing up here during these winter meetings is acquired in collaboration with Sun Orioles beat writer Jeff Zrebiec, who's working the hallways at the Bellagio about 25 hours a day.