Orioles look to add veteran catcher to roster

Orioles look to add veteran catcher to roster

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Orioles' top two priorities at the Winter Meetings are outfield and adding a catcher that the club hopes can bridge the gap until prospect Chance Sisco is ready for the Majors.

With Matt Wieters a free agent, and Caleb Joseph coming off an underwhelming offensive season, the O's would like to add a veteran backstop.

"A lot of clubs would like to have Chance Sisco. We are glad we have him. I'm not sure he's going to be ready to start the season," Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said of the club's second-ranked prospect by MLBPipeline.com. "We have some other depth behind him. I'd like to see us add some veteran depth to the club."

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Duquette reiterated on Monday that the Orioles would be willing to offer a two-year deal to a free-agent catcher while they wait on Sisco. The 21-year-old, who bats left-handed, is expected to start the season at Triple-A.

While the O's have had varying amounts of interest in retaining Wieters, it seems for now that they're open to looking at other options.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.