SARASOTA, Fla -- Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said there are still some "issues" to resolve regarding the pending signing of Everth Cabrera and it may not be done until next week. Nothing has changed on the O's end, it's just a little bit of a slow process.
"There's not a lot that I can say about players while we're in the process," Duquette said. "The rules don't allow it, but we've done a lot of research on this player, and his skill and ability is very good, and we think there may be a fit."
Duquette also discussed the signing of Jayson Nix, which became official on Thursday, as a move to help add depth, particularly in the wake of infielder Paul Janish's recent surgery. The procedure to remove bone chips from Janish's right elbow is expected to sideline him for six to eight weeks.
Here are some of the other highlights from Duquette's session with the media…
• The Orioles are still looking to add relief help. If they do sign some bullpen guys, it will likely be a Minor League deal at this point. Duquette noted that Baltimore is confident the bullpen, which lost only Andrew Miller, will once again be one of its strengths.
• Another huge factor in the O's upcoming season isn't about their offseason transaction list.
"The most powerful thing we've done for our team in the offseason is get [Manny] Machado, [Matt] Wieters and [Chris] Davis back on it, get them healthy and playing ball," Duquette said. "And that's significant, because you're talking about three everyday ballplayers who are good defenders. Wieters is a Gold Glover, Machado is a Gold Glover and Davis was second in the Gold Glove [voting], and they can hit and they've got power. So, we're adding them to the ballclub. There's nothing else we could have done that would compare to those guys coming back and being healthy for our team."
Machado is among the early arrivals for the position players, and he is expected to be a full-go in camp, while Wieters will be moved along a little slower and won't catch a spring game until mid-March. Davis will serve the final game of his 25-game suspension on Opening Day.
• The Orioles are preparing to go to an arbitration hearing with Alejandro De Aza, which is scheduled for Friday.