In the offseason, the Baltimore Orioles locked up two of their most valuable position players, blossoming right fielder Nick Markakis and veteran second baseman Brian Roberts, by signing them to long-term contracts in hopes to build a solid core for their club. Additionally, the front office elected to avoid salary arbitration with George Sherrill and signed him to a one year, $2.75 million deal to return as their closer in 2009.
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