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Updated: March 16, 2004, 10:16 AM ET
By Jim Baker

American League

Gibbons
Gibbons
Baltimore Orioles: Add the Orioles to the list of teams talking to the Dodgers about starting pitching. The O's have a crowded outfield picture but need to shore up their rotation. The Dodgers are very much in need of somebody with a bat collection. Enter Jay Gibbons, a player who has been made somewhat expendable by the signing of Rafael Palmeiro and the presence of a host of outfielders on the Baltimore roster. Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post reports that he could fetch Odalis Perez or Kaz Ishii, the two Dodger pitchers usually mentioned in such rumors. (They've been linked to White Sox trades, as well.)

Chicago White Sox: Can Esteban Loaiza do it again or was 2003 just one of those things? At the age of 31, after parts of eight seasons in the majors, Loaiza set career highs in innings pitched, strikeouts, ERA, games started and wins. The chances of him repeating that performance seem slim, but his new manager, Ozzie Guillen, wants to see the 2003 model stat. After a lukewarm appearance against the Padres his last time out, Guillen charged Loaiza with the task of stepping it up. "I want to see the Loaiza of last year," Guillen told Bob Foltman of the Chicago Tribune. "I haven't seen it yet." Loaiza returns to the mound today. "He's going to have to be more aggressive than he was the last outing," Guillen said. "The last outing, he had too many pitches in the count. It's going to be a big game for him." Relax Ozzie! It's spring training.

Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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