Connolly: Hendrickson update
Here's Dan Connolly's latest report on the Mark Hendrickson situation:
The Orioles and left-hander Mark Hendrickson are still interested in continuing their partnership, but there hasn’t been a whole lot of movement on that front.
“It’s really status quo,” Hendrickson said Monday. “The market is playing itself out. There is still interest in both sides, obviously.”
Hendrickson’s agent, Joe Urbon, and the Orioles have “had some talks, but it is nothing more than that right now.”
Hendrickson, who lives in York, Pa., and got married this winter, has said repeatedly that he’d like to come back to the Orioles if a deal can be reached, but he’s also studying his options elsewhere.
“I have been a little reluctant to say, in the past, where I wanted to be. But I like Baltimore, I like the direction the team is going in and I think Andy (MacPhail) did a great job with his signings this offseason to increase our competitive level,” said Hendrickson, who was 6-5 with a 4.37 ERA in 53 games, including 11 starts, in 2009. “But yeah, there is other interest out there and that’s how the process is. As much as the Orioles may like me and I like them, this is part of the process you have to work through.”
He said his expects his 2010 picture to get clearer soon. Meanwhile, he said he didn’t think the signings of starter Kevin Millwood and lefty closer Mike Gonzalez should affect his standing with the club, since he can fill a variety of roles.
Hendrickson has never played with the Orioles three new additions, but he pitched against former Colorado Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins while he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I know what he did in Colorado first hand,” Hendrickson said of Atkins. “And he was a very dangerous bat. He could be one of those pickups that could be a steal if he comes around to form.”
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