Dan Duquette is ready to act now. After several years of a slow start to the free agent market, the Orioles’ executive vice president of baseball operations has noticed something different in 2013.

“The free agent market is developing quickly, and I expect lots of action between now and the holiday,” Duquette said.

In talking with other clubs and agents, particularly at last week's GM meetings Duquette has seen the difference.

It’s getting like it used to be and I think there’ll be a lot of free agents signed between now and the Winter Meetings. This market is moving quickly,” Duquette said.

The Winter Meetings begin Dec. 9 in Orlando, Fla.