Orioles: Nine days out
Pitchers and catchers report to Fort Lauderdale next Saturday, which means I'm running out of time to get my dry cleaning and taxes done. The Aloha shirt collection -- 100 percent silk, accept no substitutes -- must be professionally maintained and the Internal Revenue Service no longer recognizes spring training as a legitimate excuse to file for an extension.
The Orioles, meanwhile, appear to have completed their offseason reconstruction. Left-hander John Parrish probably will be the last addition to the roster until they break out the bats and balls on Feb. 15. The O's made a real run at free agent Braden Looper and, by some accounts, put the highest offer on the table (if it's still there), but he has made it clear that he wants to sign with a National League team.
There has been some speculation that the signing of Ty Wigginton would set the stage for a deal involving Brian Roberts and/or Luke Scott, which wouldn't exactly defy logic, but I believe the front office is happy to go into camp with what appears to be some position surplus. Andy MacPhail -- and Orioles fans -- know that it only takes one key injury to change that, so I believe club officials will spend the first few weeks of training camp calling it "a good problem to have."
I just want to get there. It was so cold the last couple of weeks, I can't feel my feet. I'm used to not being able to see my feet, but I'd like to know they're there.