SARASOTA, Fla. – Buck Showalter contends he’s not concerned with whether Yovani Gallardo or Dexter Fowler is added to the Orioles’ roster. He says that players and coaches aren’t obsessed with rumors that the team is reportedly close on deals with them.
“It’s hardly been brought up—mostly because they know that I don’t know,” Showalter said.
Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette isn’t expected to arrive until Friday. Duquette and Showalter stay in contact, but Showalter had nothing to add about the rumored additions.
“You always leave some wiggle room,” Showalter said.
The Orioles take physicals on Friday, and he’s hoping for a surprise-free day.
“It’s as thorough a physical as I’ve ever been around. You come through that, and you should feel pretty good about where you are,” Showalter said.
On Wednesday, he spoke with head trainer Richie Bancells, and it was uneventful.
“We probably had the shortest medical discussion since I’ve been here,” Showalter said.
He seems contented with the moves the team made in the offseason.
“It’s always to be continued. Whether it’s during the season from our farm system. You don’t ever look at this like it’s a finished product. It’s like you’re assembling people who play roles in a play that opens up in April,” Showalter said.
“I really like the things we did, bringing our people that were already here back. I think they were better than about anything we could get out there from somebody else. There are some people here that may not be front and center on a headline that may be by the time we’re done.”
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