A Marquis pitcher on the market

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail told reporters before leaving Indianapolis that he'd still like to add another pitcher despite the trade for Kevin Millwood.

The Orioles, he reminded us, are in the pitching business.

A recently published report includes the Orioles among the teams interested in veteran right-hander Jason Marquis, but they're more likely to sign a pitcher who's coming off injury to an incentive-ladened deal.

Marquis' agents are Sam and Seth Levinson, who also represent third baseman Pedro Feliz. His name most certainly came up during their early meeting in MacPhail's suite at the Westin hotel, though the primary focus was Feliz, who later signed with the Houston Astros.

A team official advised me not to get "too excited" about Marquis. It sounds like the right-hander is mostly out of play now that Millwood has joined the rotation, though I'm hesitant to close the book on anyone in early December.

The only way Marquis makes sense is if the Orioles deal Jeremy Guthrie and still want another veteran. And Marquis can gobble up the innings. But it's more likely that they sign Bedard, or a Bedard type, than Marquis.

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