Update: Wednesday, July 30 at 9:35 p.m. ET
The Orioles are still looking for a left-handed reliever and have interest in Texas' Neal Cotts, among others, writes Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun.
Leading credence to the club’s interest in Cotts, one of the Rangers’ special assignment scouts was in Akron on Wednesday watching the Cleveland Indians’ Double-A affiliate play Double-A Bowie. Pitching for the Baysox was left-hander Tim Berry, who is widely considered a top 10 prospect in the organization.
Cotts, 34, was 2-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 50 appearances through Tuesday this year for the Rangers. Normally effective against right-handers (.237 career average against) and lefties (.247), he has struggled against lefties this season (.277 average; .290 since June 1).
The goal, Connolly says, is for the Orioles to turn Brian Matusz into more of a LOOGY (Left-Handed-One-Out-Guy), while adding another southpaw that can handle himself against right-handed bats.
If a deal for Cotts doesn't materialize, Connolly notes that Philadelphia's Antonio Bastardo, Boston's Andrew Miller, Houston's Tony Sipp and Arizona's Oliver Perez could all become potential targets.
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Thursday, July 24 at 5:55 p.m. ET
Baltimore seems focused on upgrading the pitching staff, not the offense, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark, who writes:
What is on the Orioles' shopping agenda: a starter they'd consider an upgrade, and a left-handed reliever who is more than just a left-on-left guy. But teams that have asked about hot pitching prospects Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey say the Orioles aren't interested in moving either.
The club has already been linked to Philadelphia's A.J. Burnett, San Diego's Ian Kennedy and Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa, though talks don't appear to be progressing on any of those fronts.
That the club has on interest in moving either Bundy or Harvey should come as no surprise, but it is interesting that Kevin Gausman's name was not included in the list of young arms the team has no interest in moving.