The Orioles are still confident about signing free-agents Yovani Gallardo and Dexter Fowler, according to a report from MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko. Things have been quiet on both players since reports first surfaced of their ties to Baltimore last week, though it appears as though negotiations are ongoing and hopeful.
Baltimore is still in active negotiations with Gallardo and a deal is considered probable, according to a major-league source. The right-hander appears to be on the verge of a 3-year deal worth more than $40 million, with the sides discussing potential options and opt-out clauses as part of the final negotiations.
The O's were said to be only interested in Fowler on a deal in the 2-year, $20 million range, and the outfielder may be forced to take something like that with spring training camps opening this week. Fowler has also drawn interest from the Rangers and White Sox in recent weeks, but Baltimore appears to be the favorite.
If the Orioles are able to complete both signings, the team will complete a busy offseason in which they re-signed Chris Davis, Matt Wieters and Darren O'Day while acquiring Mark Trumbo, Odrisamer Despaigne and Hyun-soo KIm