Baltimore Orioles Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2014

Baltimore Orioles Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction

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    Despite the loss of All-Star catcher Matt Wieters and a starting rotation full of underachievers, Baltimore finds itself in the thick of the American League playoff picture, sitting within a game of first place in the AL East and 1.5 back of the two available wild-card berths as of June 31.

    The rotation, second base and catcher are all areas that the Orioles could look to strengthen between now and the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. 

    Keep it here for the most up-to-the-minute rumblings about the Orioles, along with analysis and everything else that comes with it. While the post date will always show as July 1, simply click to the next slide to see the latest from the rumor mill as the O's look to bolster the roster for the stretch run.

Done Deals

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    July 14: Traded 1B Brett Wallace to Toronto for cash considerations, per the Virginian Pilot's David Hall and MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko

    July 24: Acquired IF/OF Jimmy Paredes from Kansas City for cash considerations

    July 31: Traded LHP Eduardo Rodriguez to Boston for LHP Andrew Miller (Analysis)

July 31: Acquired LHP Andrew Miller from Boston

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    Age: 29

    2014 Stats: 50 G, 2-5, 2.34 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 42.1 IP, 25 H, 2.8 BB/9, 14.7 K/9

    Contract Status: One year, $1.9 million

     

    While acquiring Miller came at a high cost (LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, Baltimore's third-ranked prospect by Baseball America heading into the season), he gives the Orioles exactly what they were looking for.

    Miller is strong enough against batters from both sides of the plate—lefties have a .420 OPS against him, righties a .537 mark—allowing them to utilize Brian Matusz into a LOOGY (Left-Handed-One-Out-Guy).

    A free agent after the season, the Orioles certainly run the risk of having given up a quality prospect for a two-month rental, but with the club hoping to hold onto the lead in the AL East and no fewer than six other teams having been linked to Miller previously, it's a move that they had to make.

     

Emilio Bonifacio on Baltimore's Radar?

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    Update: Thursday, July 31 at 1:08 p.m. ET

    The Orioles are making a push to acquire Bonifacio from the Cubs, tweets ESPN's Jayson Stark. The Giants and Mariners are also in the mix.

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    Update: Wednesday, July 30 at 6:58 p.m. ET

    The Orioles are not in on Bonifacio, according to Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sunsays that the veteran is likely heading back to Kansas City.

    --End of Update--

     

    Wednesday, July 30 at 3:35 p.m. ET

    The Orioles are one of four teams with interest in Chicago's super-utility man Emilio Bonifacio, tweets Bruce Levine of 670 The Score.

    The 29-year-old switch-hitter offers little in the way of power but has put up a .279/.318/.373 slash line for the Cubs and has speed to cause problems when he gets on base with 16 stolen bases on the year.

    He's crushing left-handed pitching to the tune of a 1.024 OPS and could be a candidate to platoon with Jonathan Schoop at second base, with the rookie mustering only a .505 OPS against southpaws.

     

Orioles Setting Sights on Neal Cotts?

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    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.

Kurt Suzuki No Longer an Option for Orioles?

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    Update: Tuesday, July 29 at 3:20 p.m. ET

    The Orioles are no longer in pursuit of Suzuki, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweets.

    With Suzuki really the only starting-caliber catcher available, it appears as if the Orioles are content to head into the stretch run with the tandem of Nick Hundley and Caleb Joseph.

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    Friday, July 25 at 4:28 p.m. ET

    With Matt Wieters out for the year and neither Nick Hundley or Caleb Joseph offering much at the plate, the Orioles have expressed interest in acquiring Minnesota All-Star Kurt Suzuki, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

    Suzuki, 30, has had a career-year at the plate, hitting .308 with two home runs, 40 RBI and a .760 OPS.

    One of the premier defensive catchers and pitch-framers in baseball, talks on an extension between the veteran and the Twins continue, per 1500 ESPN's Darren Wolfson, but the two sides are still far apart on an agreement.

    St. Louis is also believed to have interest in the veteran backstop, according to Heyman.

Jorge De La Rosa: Orioles Interested in Colorado Southpaw

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    Update: Friday, July 25 at 11:52 a.m. ET

    Aside from Gausman, Colorado has interest in Orioles minor-league arms Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey, neither of whom is available, along with Double-A lefty Tim Berry and Triple-A right-handers Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson, according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding.

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    Update: Thursday, July 24 at 7:07 p.m. ET

    Colorado has targeted Kevin Gausman in talks with the Orioles about De La Rosa, per CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, who says that sources close to the Orioles have called that request a "non-starter" on talks to acquire the veteran left-hander.

    It's not that the Orioles wouldn't trade Gausman, but they won't do so in a deal for a rental, no matter how good that rental might be.

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    Baltimore has been doing its homework on 33-year-old Colorado left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, sources tell Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun.

    After going 16-6 with a 3.49 ERA and 1.38 WHIP for the Rockies in 2013, De La Rosa has stumbled a bit, his ERA up to 4.56 while lowering his WHIP to 1.31. A free agent after the season, De La Rosa has struggled with his command, averaging nearly four walks per nine innings of work and has been prone to the home run, though the latter can partly be explained away by calling Coors Field home.

    What Baltimore would have to surrender in order to land De La Rosa remains to be seen, as Colorado has given no indication that they're ready to start selling off pieces despite facing double-digit deficits in both the race for the NL West and one of the two wild-card berths available on the senior circuit.

     

     

A.J. Burnett: Maryland Resident on Orioles Radar (Again)

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    Update: Thursday, July 24 at 5:50 p.m. ET

    ESPN's Jayson Stark says Baltimore's interest in Burnett is "lukewarm at best."

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    Update: Sunday, July 20 at 1:14 p.m. ET

    A source familiar with the talks between the Orioles and Phillies tells CBS Sports' Jon Heyman that there's "not too much" to those talks.

    Translation: There's nothing to see here. At least not yet.

    --End of Update--

     

    Sunday, July 20 at 7:56 a.m. ET

    The Orioles and Phillies have had "preliminary discussions" about a deal that would bring veteran starter A.J. Burnett to Baltimore, Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi tweets. He was quick to point out that talks are very much in the early stages and no deal is close to being agreed upon.

    Burnett, 37, who makes his offseason home in Monkton, spurned the Orioles' advances this past winter and signed a one-year, $15 million deal with Philadelphia, a deal that has a mutual $15 million option (or $1 million buyout) for 2015 attached.

    In 21 starts for the Phillies, Burnett has gone 6-9 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.36 WHIP, leading the National League with 58 walks.

    While Burnett has postseason experience and has had success against the rest of the American League East, adding another pitcher with control problems to the rotation alongside the insanely erratic Ubaldo Jimenez could wind up being a comedy of errors—and prove to be disastrous to the team's playoff aspirations.

     

     

Orioles Looking for a Left-Handed Bat

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    Saturday, July 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET

    Before he signed a two-year, $12 million extension to stay in San Diego, Baltimore had interest in swinging a trade for outfielder Seth Smith, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports in his latest "Full Count" video—and the Orioles haven't stopped looking for a left-handed bat since.

    Should the Orioles be able to land such a player—presumably an outfielder—it could spell the end of the line for David Lough, who is out of options and has been a disappointment in his first season with Baltimore, hitting only .197 with a .579 OPS.

     

Ian Kennedy: Orioles Scouting San Diego Starter

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    Saturday, July 12 at 8:26 p.m. ET

    Baltimore has interest in San Diego right-hander Ian Kennedy, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal

    A free agent after the season, Kennedy (7-9, 3.71 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) has performed better than his already solid numbers indicate, with a 2.94 FIP and 3.12 xFIP. With 10 quality starts on the season, he'd tie Chris Tillman for the most on an underwhelming Orioles rotation.

    It was only three years ago that the 29-year-old finished fourth in the National League Cy Young Award race, going 21-4 with a 2.88 ERA and 1.09 WHIP for Arizona, and he has some experience in the AL East, having started his career with the Yankees