O's hope to leave Meetings with 'couple of players'

O's hope to leave Meetings with 'couple of players'

SAN DIEGO -- Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette didn't have much for reporters Tuesday in his media session, but he did sound pretty optimistic something would get done before he leaves the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

"We should be able to get a couple of players before we leave here," Duquette said, noting once again that it's more likely the O's sign a free agent than make a trade.

It's also more likely they sign guys to shorter-term deals.

The O's did have some trade discussions on the second day of the Winter Meetings, however, speaking to a handful of clubs, including the Phillies. Duquette didn't deny the FOXSports.com report that the Orioles had talks with Philadelphia involving Marlon Byrd, and -- as evidenced Monday with Atlanta's Justin Upton -- he has no problem shooting down false rumors.

"That's interesting," Duquette said of the Byrd report.

The Orioles also discussed some trades that would add pitching depth in the bullpen and are looking at both left-handers and right-handers. They don't seem keen on trading to add catching depth, but did have talks with several free-agent catchers on Tuesday as they try to add a contingency plan in the event that Matt Wieters isn't ready to start the season. Right now, Wieters is on schedule in rehabbing back from Tommy John surgery and should be ready.

Duquette thinks the free-agent market is starting to take shape and it'll be interesting to see how the next 24 hours unfold. He was also asked about getting a leadoff hitter, and it didn't seem like that was in the cards. He noted that Alejandro De Aza and David Lough are in-house leadoff options.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.