O's: It's not really all Tex all the time
While the Orioles front office waits around to find out if Mark Teixeira has any real interest in playing in Baltimore, club president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail continues to go about the business of trying to put together a balanced roster by the opening of training camp.
Along with the ongoing negotiations for pitchers Braden Looper, Tim Redding and Kenshin Kawakami, the Orioles have made overtures to non-tendered Cardinals utilityman Aaron Miles and veteran pitcher Mark Hendrickson (right).
"There certainly is some interest,'' Hendrickson's agent, Joe Urbon, told Baltimore Sun baseball writer Jeff Zrebiec. "We’ve talked to the Orioles. I talked to Andy [MacPhail] directly at the winter meetings and we’ve had subsequent conversations. We’re just trying to find out if that is the right fit for him. They are definitely on the list."
Hendrickson wouldn't mind playing near his York, Pa., home, but he's more interested in getting back into a major league starting rotation, which should make the Orioles more attractive.
"Mark feels like he had a great start to the season last year,'' Urbon said. "He had a mediocre to poor middle part of the season and he started to get back on track and the Marlins went in a different direction. He’s got a lot to prove [as a starter], but he also knows that he can be successful coming out of the pen in a lot of roles."