MacPhail on third base

The Orioles' brass made their first road trip during these meetings, heading over to the downtown Marriott tonight after previously hosting agents and team executives in their suite at the Westin.

I'm assuming they wore the gray jerseys with "Baltimore" stitched across the chest.

The group consisted of president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, director of baseball operations Matt Klentak, director of professional scouting Lee MacPhail IV, manager Dave Trembley and major league scout Dave Engle.

Asked earlier today about the third base market and whether it's unfolding as expected, Andy MacPhail said, "It's probably about where we thought it would be in general."

MacPhail added that nobody has been ruled out.

"There hasn't been anything that has evolved that has taken us by surprise,'' he said.
How big is the group?

"There are some options available to us, and not just free agents. Potential trades that we've identified," he said. "It's a reasonably sized list. And we're somewhat guided by the fact that we're very pleased with how Josh Bell has responded since he put on an Orioles uniform. We don't want to do anything that's going to hamper his development, but we also have to be realistic that prospects are just that - they're prospects. And nothing's guaranteed except for the players' salaries.

MacPhail didn't rule out signing or obtaining a third baseman who could later move to first base or serve as the designated hitter.

"We certainly know enough not to think that 100 percent of the guys that we really like in our system are going to come up and make it. We know that doesn't work," he said. "You have to give yourself some flexibility going forward."

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