Dan Duquette audio from Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Dan Duquette’s Sunday night briefing with Baltimore reporters did not produce any big news, but it could and maybe will get much busier for the Orioles as the Winter Meetings officially start here today.

Yes, the club is still looking for a hitter and it seems they are more likely to get one via a trade than through a free agent signing. Other clubs seem certain to inquire about the Orioles’ young pitchers. They remain interested in re-signing Nate McLouth and Joe Saunders. The Orioles are not expected to be players for the top free agents, Josh Hamilton and Zack Grienke. The club is showing some interest in making a selection in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft.

Duquette said last night he expects to have trade talks here with several clubs.

“We are going to meet with all the teams we think we are legit trade partners with and my estimate is that will be five or six,” he said.

Click below to listen to an excerpt of Duquette’s interview session from last night.

Dan Duquette at the Winter Meetings by smelewski

What is your take?: What do you think? Based on the comments you have heard and read from Duquette recently, what move or moves do you think the Orioles are likely to make here in Nashville?

Check the blogs throughout today here on MASNSports.com, as Roch Kubatko and I bring you the latest from the meetings. Follow me on Twitter @masnsteve.

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