Orioles turn attention to other pitchers

With talks stalling between the Phillies and the Orioles over Joe Blanton –with money being the biggest issue right now– Baltimore has turned its attention back to other available starters, according to several sources. Unfortunately, there’s not much the Orioles can get with limited trade chips and top prospects Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado off the table.

Baltimore does not want to pick up all of the approximately $3 million left on Blanton and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette is aggressively scouring the rest of the market to try to make a deal.  They had initial interest in top-tier arms like Zack Greinke –who has since been traded to the Angels– and tried to get Paul Maholm from the Cubs who dealt the lefty to Atlanta for a better package. The O’s maintain some interest in Arizona’s Joe Saunders, according to a source and have inquired on Seattle’s lefty Jason Vargas in the past. A separate source also indicated they are actively looking on the relief market to possibly flip someone in a second deal.

As of 12:15 ET, nothing is imminent.

The bottom line is there’s not a whole lot out there that the Orioles can get with the trade chips they’re willing to deal, unless teams asking prices fall. But with a big market for starting pitching, that’s unlikely to happen. The non-waiver Trade Deadline is today at 4 p.m. ET.

–Brittany Ghiroli

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