Orioles getting closer to adding bench help

I just had a quick phone conversation with executive vice president Dan Duquette before I'm needed in studio for "The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report" on MASN. This is frantic multi-tasking.

Duquette continued to meet with clubs and agents today, and he'll remain busy through the night. He's hoping to sign a few free agents by early next week "to fill out our bench."

Asked specifically about the type of reserves he's targeting, Duquette said, "Infield help and backup catcher."

The GM meetings conclude tomorrow morning.

Also, Duquette has started the process of hiring a new scouting director, which he expects to have done by the start of the winter meetings on Dec. 5. He also wants to complete "other personnel assignments in the organization" by that date.

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