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12/23/08 11:18 AM EST
O's show interest in Hendrickson
Agent tells paper he's had follow-up talks about free agent
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
The agent for free-agent left-hander Mark Hendrickson says there is mutual interest between his client and the Baltimore Orioles. Agent Joe Urbon told the Baltimore Sun that he talked with Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail at the Winter Meetings and has had follow-up talks since. Hendrickson, who was 7-8 with a 5.45 ERA as a starter and a reliever for the Marlins last season, is only one of a number of pitchers catching the Orioles' eyes. "We're just trying to find out if that is the right fit for him," Urbon told the newspaper. "They are definitely on the list." Baltimore has also reportedly shown interest in free agents such as Tim Redding and Braden Looper. The Mets are among Redding's other suitors, and Looper is drawing interest from the Brewers and Rockies. Urbon hinted that the Orioles would offer Hendrickson an opportunity to start. He was 7-7 with a 6.24 ERA as a starter last season, and is 47-61 with a 5.27 ERA in 154 career starts. For comparison, he has a 3.41 ERA in 61 career relief appearances. "Mark feels like he had a great start to the season last year," Urbon told the newspaper. "He had a mediocre to poor middle part of the season, and he started to get back on track and the Marlins went in a different direction. He's got a lot to prove [as a starter], but he also knows that he can be successful coming out of the 'pen in a lot of roles."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.