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Snider headed to O’s in trade with Pirates

Outfielder Travis Snider is headed to Baltimore in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley. The Pirates will also receive a player to be named later in the deal.

To make room on their 40-man roster, Baltimore designated catcher Michael Ohlman for assignment.

The two clubs reportedly discussed a deal involving Snider and Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz last month, but those talks apparently never gained enough traction. Instead, it’s Tarpley, who spent last season with low Class A Aberdeen, heading to Pittsburgh in the trade.

Snider, who turns 27 next week, had a breakout season of sorts last year, particularly after the All-Star break. He posted a .288/.356/.524 batting line with nine home runs and 24 RBIs in just 60 games during the season’s second half.

“Snider is a solid, dependable, power-hitting outfielder and is an excellent fit for Camden Yards,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told MLB.com via text. “[He] should be a good addition to the club, at bat and in [the] field.”

Despite Snider’s potential, there was a logjam blocking him from consistent playing time in Pittsburgh. The Pirates currently have Starling Marte and highly-touted prospect Gregory Polanco slated to man the corner outfield spots alongside perennial MVP threat Andrew McCutchen in center.

Meanwhile, acquring Snider helps Baltimore fill the void left by the departures this offseason of Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz. The O’s have been tied to a number of outfielders this offseason, both via free agency and potential trades, but hadn’t yet reeled in a replacement.

The 21-year-old Tarpley, who was a third-round pick in the 2013 Draft out of Scottsdale Community College, had a 3.68 ERA in 13 appearances last season (12 starts). He posted a 1.41 WHIP, while fanning 60 hitters in 66 innings.

– Paul Casella

Blue Jays interested in Ichiro?

The Blue Jays are reportedly showing some interest in free-agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Suzuki, 41, has also been linked to the Marlins, who are looking for a fourth outfielder. The Orioles are looking for outfield help as well, and they have been said to have interest in Suzuki.

The Blue Jays have a glaring need in the outfield with Melky Cabrera gone to the White Sox via free agency and Colby Rasmus likely to sign with another club. Toronto has four outfielders on its 40-man roster in Jose Bautista, Kevin Pillar, Dalton Pompey and Michael Saunders.

Suzuki is 156 hits shy of 3,000 in his Major League career. The 10-time All-Star and former American League MVP Award winner might have to take a pay cut this year, though, after earning $6.5 million in each of the past two seasons with the Yankees.

– Austin Laymance

Orioles have talked to Dodgers about Ethier

The Orioles have reportedly “engaged in trade talks” with the Dodgers regarding outfielder Andre Ethier, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.

The O’s have spent much of this offseason trying to fill the outfield void left by the departures of Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz, but they are yet to land one of their targets. Along with reaching out to the Dodgers about Ethier, Kubatko adds that the club also remains interested in free agents Colby Rasmus and Nori Aoki.

The same report mentions that manager Buck Showalter actually met in-person with Rasmus this past weekend in order to get a sense of whether or not the 28-year-old would be a good fit in Baltimore. Formerly one of the game’s top prospects, Rasmus has struggled to reach his potential over parts of six Major League seasons. After hitting .276 with a career-best .501 slugging percentage in 2013, Rasmus hit just .225 with a career-low 40 RBIs this past season with the Blue Jays.

Aoki, meanwhile, turned 33 years old today and is coming off a subpar defensive season with the Royals. As for Ethier, the former All-Star is set to also turn 33 years old in April and has $53.5 million remaining on his contract over the next three years. The Dodgers would likely pay off some of that remaining money, though the amount would ultimately depend on what the O’s send to Los Angeles in return in any potential deal.

The most likely scenario remains that Baltimore signs either Rasmus or Aoki, but the club’s talks with the Dodgers are certainly worth monitoring in the coming days.

– Paul Casella

Orioles interested in Padres outfielders Venable, Smith

The Orioles’ search for an outfielder could take them to the Padres, who have a surplus at the position after a series of recent moves to acquire Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers. San Diego also has outfielders Seth Smith, Will Venable and Carlos Quentin currently on its roster.

It’s no secret that the Padres will try to move at least one of the aforementioned players this offseason and Baltimore reportedly has interest in both Smith and Venable, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.

The Orioles obviously have a need for another outfielder after Nick Markakis departed for Atlanta and Nelson Cruz signed with the Mariners earlier this offseason. Though the club reportedly re-signed Delmon Young on Wednesday, he figures to again split time between the DH spot and left field.

As for the Padres duo garnering interest from the O’s, Smith is under contract through 2016 with a club option for ’17, while Venable is eligible to hit free agency following next season. Both players are left-handed hitters, meaning either one could provide balance playing alongside right-handed slugger Adam Jones.

– Paul Casella

O’s among the teams interested in Cespedes

The Orioles reportedly view Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes as a potential fit in Baltimore, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, though Bradford adds that there is “nothing remotely imminent” at this point.

It’s unclear at this point who the Red Sox would target in return, but Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen would have to be considered a possibility. Chen, like Cespedes, is set to become a free agent following next season.

The Red Sox are also said to still be discussing a potential deal with the Tigers, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, that would involve swapping Cespedes for Rick Porcello, another starter entering the final year of his contract.

Boston doesn’t appear to be close on any potential trade involving Cespedes, but it’s starting to seem more and more likely that the Red Sox will solve their logjam in the outfield by moving Cespedes in exchange for starting pitching.

– Paul Casella

Cubs reportedly pursuing Gomes

The Cubs are reportedly interested in free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

With Jon Lester now in the fold, one of the Cubs’ next moves is apparently to target Gomes, a teammate of Lester’s on the 2013 World Series champion Red Sox. The 34-year-old Gomes struggled to a .234/.327/.330 batting line this past season with just six home runs and 37 RBIs over 112 combined games between the Red Sox and Athletics.

Gomes has also been linked to the Orioles, Rangers and Mariners over the past week.

– Paul Casella

Mets remain interested in Breslow

The Mets reportedly remain in contact with free agent reliever Craig Breslow, according to FOX Sports colleagues Jon Morosi and Ken Rosnethal.

Breslow, 34, has garnered interest from a number of teams already this offseason, despite a disappointing 2014 campaign. Although the southpaw posted an unsightly 5.96 ERA over 60 appearances with the Red Sox this past season, he had racked up a collective 2.82 ERA over the previous six seasons, including a 1.81 mark in 61 outings in 2013.

Acquiring another left-handed reliever is a known priority for the Mets, but they figure to have plenty of competition when it comes to Breslow. The Orioles are among the other teams known to be interested in Breslow, but that list is likely to grow as the offseason progresses.

– Paul Casella

Orioles, Mariners and Rangers all out on Kemp

The Orioles, Mariners and Rangers are all reportedly out of the running to land Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

All three clubs had emerged as potential landing spots for Kemp in recent weeks, but it now appears that the Dodgers are intent on finalizing a deal with the Padres. Heyman goes as far as to say it might be “Padres or bust” when it comes to dealing Kemp this offseason.

Earlier reports from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday indicated that the Padres and Dodgers were “getting closer” to reaching a deal. The ongoing negotiations seem to involve who exactly the Padres would pair with catcher Yasmani Grandal in exchange for Kemp. Top pitching prospect Matt Wisler is not expected to be included in any deal, but fellow prospects Joe Ross and Zach Eflin have each been mentioned as possible pieces to a potential deal.

– Paul Casella

Dodgers, Padres “getting closer” on Kemp deal

The Padres and Dodgers are reportedly “working hard” to complete a deal that would send outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

The Padres have emerged as the favorite to land Kemp in recent days, though a number of other teams remain interested in a potential trade for the Dodgers slugger. As for the potential return package, Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers want another strong piece — possibly Padres top pitching prospect Matthew Wisler — in addition to catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Though it could be considered a steep price, the Padres have plenty of organizational catching depth and could be willing to part with a young pitcher in order to upgrade their offense. It’s no secret that improving upon their league-worst offense from 2014 was the Padres’ main goal this offseason.

After already missing out on free agents Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas, the Padres seem intent on not letting Kemp get away. The Mariners, Rangers and Orioles have also been linked to Kemp recently, but the Dodgers — as of right now — appear to be focused on trying to work out a deal with the Padres.

– Paul Casella

Byrd could be an option for O’s

Add Marlon Byrd to the Orioles’ list of potential outfield replacements. Byrd’s name has reportedly been floated as a potential target if the club ultimately elects to turn to the trade market for a new outfielder, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.

The O’s are still pursuing a number of options, both in free agency and via trade, to replace recently departed outfielder Nick Markakis. The club has reportedly reached out to free agent outfielders Nori Aoki and Colby Rasmus, among others. Melky Cabrera remains the top free agent outfielder on the market, though the Orioles don’t appear to be actively pursuing him.

“I think these free-agent possibilities are going to come into play, into focus a little quicker than the trade possibilities,” said Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.

Byrd has posted a .277/.323/.476 batting line to go along with 49 home runs and 173 RBIs over the past two seasons between the Phillies, Mets and Pirates. Considering the 37-year-old Byrd is not part of the Phillies’ rebuilding process, he is a prime candidate to be traded this offseason.

In addition to Byrd, the O’s have been rumored to have discussed a potential Justin Upton trade with the Braves, though Duquette denied any such talks on Monday. Baltimore has also been linked to Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, though those talks have seemingly died down in recent days.

– Paul Casella

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