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December 13th, 2017

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- When it comes to the potential of trading Orioles star Manny Machado, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the club is making "good progress" in meetings with interested teams and gauging what a potential organization-changing trade would look like.

More than a handful of teams have expressed various degrees of interest in Machado, who will be a free agent at the end of 2018 and is expected to get a record deal should he hit the open market.

"We met with a couple teams today, got an interest of what their interest is, see if we match up. We are making good progress on that. Did some of that last night also," Duquette said of the market for Machado. "That's moving along."

Duquette didn't rule out rival American League East teams, though it still seems highly unlikely ownership would approve a trade of Machado's magnitude to the Yankees or Red Sox.

"We've made trades with the Yankees. We've made trades with the Red Sox. It's in the club's interest to see what the market is and canvas the entire market," Duquette said. "See what the opportunities are and the options are."

Even if that option required the Orioles to see Machado in an opposing uniform 19 times next season?

"Right now we control that," Duquett said. "A year from now, we're not going to be controlling that."

The Orioles arrived at the Winter Meetings trying to fill their pitching holes. They've canvased the market, made a few offers to free agents and discussed potential trades. So far, they've come up empty-handed. But that could change at any moment with the Cardinals, White Sox and Phillies among the teams linked to Machado.

While interesting, the Orioles can't listen to offers on Machado forever. They've got a long list of needs and will have to be more aggressive than past offseasons in filling them.

"Clubs are putting their teams together now. That window, when clubs are adding key pieces to their ball club that usually goes on now 'til the first of the year," Duquette said.

"There's a lot more work to be done in the offseason. At some point you have to decide are you going to fish or cut bait, right? That's a little ways down the track. ….We are making good progress on that."

Should the Orioles swing a deal for Machado -or one of their relievers- they'd ideally like to get back Major League ready starting pitching. But that's a tall order around the league.

"We'd like to try to staff our club to be as strong as it can be this year. That would be our first choice," Duquette said of netting starting pitching in a trade. "Whether we can do that or not, that's another story."