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So how would you like to be a Brewers fan these days?

Sure, you made the playoffs, but you’ve probably lost Prince Fielder forever and you might have lost MVP Ryan Braun for the first 50 games next season.

OK, it’s still not bad being a Brewers fan, but that’s got to sting.

Braun reportedly learned of his failed test for PEDs back in late October. Imagine having that weight on your shoulders every day. Imagine taking MVP questions from reporters while knowing that this story was going to break at any moment.

I’m cleaning out my notebook today. I might have more for you later, but I’m not making any promises. I’m still coming down from that Dallas high.

Here’s what agent Scott Boras says about executive vice president Dan Duquette: “He’s a smart guy. You’ve got a good one.”

According to Baseball America’s Matt Eddy, the Orioles signed catcher Kelvin Mena to a minor league contract.

I spent part of last night trying to research this guy, and I came up with nothing. Nada. Zilch. Bupkis.

Maybe he’s Taylor Teagarden’s imaginary friend.

I wasn’t doubting the report. I just couldn’t find anything on him.

Turns out, the Orioles signed him out of the Dominican Republic at age 18. They did a little more shopping at the international market.

Another leftover from the Winter Meetings: I was told that the Rangers offered to trade left-hander Matt Harrison to the Angels for center fielder Peter Bourjas and were turned down.

The Orioles need pitching, and Harrison apparently is available despite going 14-9 with a 3.39 ERA in 185 2/3 innings this year. It just has to be the right deal.

If you want to follow new Orioles infielder Matt Antonelli on Twitter, he’s @MattAntonelli9.

Another new Orioles infielder, Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty, is the son of longtime Southern Maine baseball coach Ed Flaherty. He comes from good stock.

One scribe at the Winter Meetings described Flaherty as “a poor man’s Mark DeRosa.”

Does anyone remember former Orioles farmhand Brandon Agamennone? He was an All-Metro right-hander at Arundel High School in Gambrills, was drafted by the Expos in the 20th round in 1998 and later pitched for Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie in 2003.

Agamennone, who never bounced back from shoulder surgery and retired in 2005, is president of Pro Source Athletics, which is based in Lewisville, Texas.

I know this because we chatted in one of the lobbies of the Hilton Anatole. Another Winter Meetings leftover.

According to the Web site, Pro Source Athletics was created for one reason: “Development. Whether it be at church, in the classroom, on the diamond or in the community we want to foster an environment for young men to develop a well-rounded approach to life through baseball. At Pro Source Athletics, we understand that development is dynamic but the core values of confidence, hard work, perseverance and discipline carry over to every part of your life.”

Since I mentioned that Brad Bergesen is a non-tender candidate tomorrow, I’ll also toss Jo-Jo Reyes’ name on that list.

Baseball America projects that he’d earn $1.5 million in arbitration, proving once again that I need to come back in my next life as a left-handed pitcher.

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