The Major League Baseball trade deadline is fast approaching. By Wednesday, July 31 at 4 p.m. Eastern time, all non-waiver trades must be completed. After that, players involved in trades must first clear waivers before being traded.
Dan Duquette and the Baltimore Orioles have made two trades so far this season, both involving pitching. On July 2 the O’s acquired Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs and more recently, picked up Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers.
If pitching is what the Orioles are looking for, there are several high-profile candidates still out there.
Jake Peavy of the Chicago White Sox has been one pitcher frequently discussed about landing in Baltimore. In 2013 Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 13 starts for the White Sox. The 32-year old is signed through the 2014 season and has a possible $15M player option for the 2015 season.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Orioles along with AL East rival Boston Red Sox, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Oakland Athletics are all discussing a possible Peavy deal. But Olney ranks the O’s as an underdog in the Peavy race.
Current read on Peavy talks: 1. Oakland. 2. St. Louis 3. Boston 4. Baltimore
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 28, 2013
The O’s don’t have too many holes to fill in terms of their offense. Though discussed as a possible replacement for Brian Roberts, Michael Young of the Philadelphia Phillies could serve as the team’s primary designated hitter. And in addition to Raul Ibanez of the Seattle Mariners and Carlos Quentin of the San Diego Padres, a couple of new names have surfaced as possible options for the Orioles at DH.
Along with Ibanez, fellow Mariner Michael Morse and Minnesota Twins first baseman/DH Justin Morneau were among players a top Orioles scout was watching this past week, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
Morse, who the Orioles were reportedly interested in prior to the start of the season, is still rumored to be on the team’s radar. In 56 games with the M’s this year, Morse is batting .251 with 11 home runs and 23 RBIs.
Morneau is a four-time All-Star and the 2006 AL MVP winner. Between 2006 and 2009 he hit at least 23 home runs in each season and collected at least 100 RBIs. In 95 games with Minnesota he’s batting .267 with eight homers and 53 RBIs.
A full-time DH could take some pressure off of Orioles first baseman Chris Davis who has struck out at least once in his last 22 games and has yet to hit a home run post All-Star break. Morse and Morneau both have experience at first and could be used in a rotation with Davis should the O’s make a trade for either.
The Orioles trail the Red Sox by five games in the AL East. They currently sit in the second AL Wild Card spot but three teams trail them by two and a half games or less.
With less than three days until the MLB trade deadline, trade talks and rumors will certainly become more serious. Stay tuned to isportsweb.com for the latest news on Baltimore Orioles trade rumors and other MLB transactions.