Orioles trade LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, OF Henry Urrutia and 1B Christian Walker.
White Sox trade DH Adam Dunn and OF Trayce Thompson.
Why It Makes Sense
Coming into the season, David Lough and Nolan Reimold were expected to platoon in left field with Nelson Cruz serving as the O's full-time designated hitter.
However, almost two months into the season, Reimold has yet to join the team due to injury, and Lough has struggled at the plate (.163 batting average).
As a result, Cruz has appeared in more games as the starting left fielder than as the designated hitter.
So why not keep him there permanently and pick up Adam Dunn?
Adding another power bat to this lineup would make Baltimore even more dangerous in the ultracompetitive AL East, and perhaps more importantly, it would give the O's some stability.
Plus, for a team that has drawn the fewest walks in baseball, trading for Dunn, who ranks third in the American League with 35 free passes, makes sense.
The prospects the Orioles would lose in this scenario have bright futures but are also expendable.
Eduardo Rodriguez is one of the organization's top pitching prospects, but with Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Hunter Harvey waiting in the wings, Baltimore can afford to give up one of them.
Christian Walker is another nice prospect, but assuming the O's want to keep Chris Davis around for years to come, Walker doesn't really have a place in the organization.
And Henry Urrutia, who performed quite well in the big leagues during a limited stint toward the end of the 2013 season, simply won't have too many opportunities in Baltimore's crowded outfield.
The White Sox have a much greater need for him, especially considering Alejandro De Aza's struggles this season (.175 batting average).
Why It Could Happen
Dunn is in the last year of his contract, so he's one of Chicago's top trade chips. And with only three pitchers in their top 10 prospects, the White Sox would love to land a young pitcher like Rodriguez.
The Orioles would probably rather trade for someone with more versatility, since Buck Showalter appreciates having guys he can plug into different spots.
However, as the trade deadline approaches, Dunn could offer the most value and, with a stable of young arms that would interest the White Sox, the Orioles just might be able to get him.